Ginger Garrett recreates the story of Esther through an amazing archeological find -- Esther's diary. From a young Jewish girls' perspective we are able to step into an amazing time in history to see the inner workings of a place seldom seen by those in the Jewish world. We learn of Esther's life with her cousin Mordecai, how she is selected to move into the palace harem, and the intense preparations made before she could be presented to the king.
With her unique perspective as a historian of the life of ancient women, Ginger has written a fascinating book that transports the reader to another place and time. While it is difficult to understand some of the customs and philosophies of the era, this book provides insight for us as Esther also learns of a foreign culture. Woven throughout are threads of strength, determination, love lost, friendship, and learning to discover what one is really made of.
This is a wonderful book for those who like history, historical fiction, and those who like to learn about other cultures.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
“The guard stepped into the room I was in and held out his hand. Seeing him in my bedroom, his armor and sword reflecting the breakfast sun, was a nightmare I could not shake myself from. I was led past Mordecai to the entrance of our home, where several men stood with scrolls. The commissioner rode on a horse and judged me from his perch. A knowing glance passed between him and the guard, and then the men began to write.”
“I had been chosen.”
Chosen is the first release in beloved author Ginger Garrett’s new Lost Loves of the Bible trilogy. Chosen tells the story of Queen Esther, the young woman with the future of her nation in her hands. Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him as queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther’s mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future—and that of an entire nation.
Based on the historical account of Queen Esther of Persia, Chosen, by Ginger Garrett, is a contemporary account of this beloved and ancient story. Uniquely written in first-person diary format, renderings of Esther’s thoughts and experiences are interspersed with current-time news excerpts, which show how Esther’s tale is woven into our own lives.
A fresh examination of one of Scripture’s most inspiring personalities, Chosen has been described by bestselling authors Brock and Bodie Thoene as “A story that is sure to be a classic! Exciting, dramatic, and filled with truth. A great read from the first page!”
Chosen is being released as part of Garrett’s series based on the great loves of the Bible:
- Esther, who loved a king who refused to give his whole heart to her
- Jezebel, who loved Ahab but destroyed him in pursuit of her own dynasty
- Delilah, who loved Samson but sentenced him to die because of her fear
Focusing on ancient women's history, Ginger Garrett creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women, including her most recent books in the Chronicles of the Scribe series. In addition to her writing, she is a frequent radio and television guest. Ginger resides in Georgia with her husband and three children. Check out her website here.
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Thanks to David C. Cook for providing a book for this review.