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Overview "Of course you have a choice, Hadassah. We always have choices. You have no choice about obeying the king's order and going to the harem. But you can choose the spirit in which you go. You can choose to be crushed or to be strong. That choice is always open to you." Then I choose to be strong. That's what she knew Mordecai wanted to hear, and she wanted to offer it to him, as a last gift. But her throat tightened, and she could not speak. Trapped in the sensual swirl of an alien culture, her poise, beauty, and skill with the four-stringed oud caught the eye of Hegai. As she rose through the harem ranks, her true identity carefully concealed, her faith in eclipse, Esther had no inkling that the fate of a nation would hang upon her courage. Based on meticulous historical research, Trudy Morgan-Cole weaves the biblical story of Esther into secular history. Her deep narrative, involving more than 70 characters, brings to life the Zoroastrian society of ancient Persia and chronicles the known exploits and foibles of king Xerxes in authentic detail. Her amazing story shows how God turns women with common fears, struggles, and identity crises into heroines of faith. If you liked Terri Fivash's Joseph, you'll love Trudy Morgan-Cole's Esther.
Publishers Description Trapped in the sensual swirl of an alien culture, her poise, beauty, and skill with the four-stringed oud caught the eye of Hegai. As she rose through the harem ranks, her true identity carefully concealed, her faith in eclipse, Esther had no inkling that the fate of a nation would hang upon her courage. Based on meticulous historical research, Trudy J. Morgan-Cole weaves the biblical story of Esther into secular history. Her deep narrative, involving more than 70 characters, brings to life the Zoroastrian society of ancient Persia and chronicles the known exploits and foibles of king Xerxes in authentic detail. Her amazing story shows how God turns women with common fears, struggles, and identity crises into heroines of faith. If you liked Terri Fivash's "Joseph, you'll love Trudy J. Morgan-Cole's "Esther.
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Studio: Review and Herald Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.05" Height: 1.16" Weight: 1.41 lbs.
Release Date Sep 16, 2004
Publisher Review and Herald Publishing
ISBN 0828017603 ISBN13 9780828017602
Availability 0 units.
More About Trudy J. Morgan-Cole
Award-winning writer Trudy J. Morgan-Cole holds degrees in history and English literature. She loves readingand writingstories that bring historical events and characters to life for modern readers. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, with her husband and two children.
Trudy J. Morgan-Cole currently resides in Newfoundland St. John's, Newfo. Trudy J. Morgan-Cole was born in 1965.
Reviews - What do customers think about Esther: A Story of Courage?
Esther Aug 15, 2007
Esther is the story of a woman in biblical times who stood up for her beliefs and went against the grain. I loved the book, it was exactly what I was looking for - being a strong independent female in the bible.
A plesant way to pass the time Feb 27, 2007
There is much to like about this book. It is a well-written novel with an interesting storyline and a pacing that keeps you turning the pages. Themes of love, both romantic and platonic, are woven throughout, but the book never sinks too far into stereotypical romance territory.
I like that the author presents Esther as a rather indifferent Jew who doesn't understand exactly who God is, much less why He allows certain things to happen. (I can really relate.) The slow unfolding of Esther's faith is quite beautifully done. Unfortunately, the author sometimes presents Esther as a rather bland personality whose faults are few and far between. There is plenty of intrigue and backstabbing in the story,yet Ester seems to be strangely above it all. Overall, King Xerxes with his fits of temper and periods of depression comes across as a far more interesting and believable character.
Despite a few flaws, this book is enjoyable. It is the first book of Biblical fiction I've read, and it gave me a new perspective an a familiar tale.
A very good historical novel based on the Biblical story of Esther. Jan 7, 2006
The author has done some research and tried to make this novel as historically accurate as possible. She gives historical background, timelines, and a cast of characters with information about them. Some aspects and several characters had to be fictionalized. There is nothing saccharine about this rendition and there is no overt religious message. Esther does however, become interested in her heritage and in G-d after her people are saved. The author stays true to my original view of Esther as a brave clever young woman who finds herself in circumstances beyond her control. She uses her wits, diplomacy, and probably her faith in G-d, to make the best out of the situation.
This book is a bit long but worth it. The author includes numerous plots and intrigues of the harem that Esther must skillfully avert. Esther must deal with long hours of loneliness and choose her friends very carefully. There is also a friendship that would have been a romance between Esther and a loyal eunch, not Haggai.
I have not read the Tommy Tenney's One Night with the King, but I have seen Tenney on late night TV several times promoting his book. According to Tenney, Esther's primary concern was her relationship with Jesus, even though this story took place several centuries before the Common Era. I also found it disturbing, if not outright blasphemous, that Tenney uses the King meaning G-d and King Ahashuerus interchangeably. First of all; no human is on par with G-d, moreover we know from the Biblical account of the story of Esther that King Ahashuerus was something of a drunken boor. G-d is not specifically mentioned in the original Bible story, yet Tenney reiterated this bizarre play on words repeatedly throughout the program. He kept saying "Esther didn't fall in love with the palace; she fell in love with the King." Again, I'm really not sure what he's talking about. In the Biblical account romantic love is never mentioned. Tenney also allotted a significant amount of the program to the part about Esther and the numerous other girls of the king's harem receiving mandatory year long beauty treatments. He went into a graphic description of body odor and perfumes and even played with a perfume atomizer to the point that I found it prurient. I would consider his book suspect.
At any rate, read the original Biblical story before embarking on any fiction or commentaries.
disappointed Jan 4, 2006
I was VERY VERY disappointed in this book. I can not recommend it to anyone. The history was unbelievable and the sexuality was upsetting for a book from this publishing house. I can recommend another book on this subject "Hadassah: One Night with the King" by Tommy Tenney to anyone interested in this great biblical story.
Absulutely amazing! Nov 29, 2005
I usually don't buy historical fiction. After reading the description of the book, I HAD to buy it. I'm glad I did. I just couldn't put it down! Trudy Morgan-Cole did a wonderful job bringing the story of Esther to life. I am looking forward to reading more by her.