Hi, everyone! It’s Monday– for most, it’s the start of another work week. For me, it’s a day to prepare for the rest of the week – and a day for a long-overdue blog post. I thought I’d share a review of a series I enjoyed recently.
The first in the series, Hadassah: One Night With the King, followed the Biblical story of Esther (Hadassah is her Jewish name). It chronicled her life as a Jewish orphan, through her time as a “queen candidate” in the palace harem, her romance with King Xerxes, her inauguration as Queen Esther of Persia, and her role in saving the Jewish people from annihilation at the hands of Haman. The book is framed by brief scenes occurring in modern-day Israel, while Esther’s story unfolds between in the form of a lengthy letter written by Esther herself, passed down over many generations of Jewish descendants.
I thought this book was thoroughly entertaining, allowing a personal look into the life of a Biblical heroine. Her story illustrates God’s great plans for our life – always working for His good and His purposes. While Esther believed she was spending a year preparing to be chosen as queen on her night with King Xerxes, God was using her experiences and circumstances to ultimately prepare her for her role as queen and as hero to her people. The story moved fairly quickly, although there were some times the narrative seemed monotonous. I did, though, really enjoy it.
The second in the series, The Hadassah Covenant: A Queen’s Legacy, intertwines the modern story of Hadassa Ben Yuda, the First Lady of Israel (the Prime Minister’s wife) with flashbacks of historical letters written by Esther and another “queen candidate”, Leah. It was a complex storyline, with Middle East terrorist activity, secret agents, family genealogy research, palace intrigues, complete with an unexpected love story. At some moments the action seemed drawn out and the historical letters repetitive, but overall it was an exciting, suspenseful adventure.
“…A far more sure and subtle truth has emerged. That is, that sometimes one finds greater purpose by surrendering what the world values most than from grasping the obvious” –The Hadassah Covenant