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The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor (Daily Bible Reading Series 2) by [Bateman, Deborah H.]
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The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor by Deborah H. Bateman is a Daily Bible Reading study of the book of Esther from the Old Testament of the Bible. In the book of Esther, Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai. In a series of events and through fasting, prayer, and God’s favor Esther was placed in a position to save the Jewish people. Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai, who told her maybe she was born for such a time as this.

God puts us all in circumstances where He can use us to further His kingdom and give Him glory, if we are willing and obedient. Esther found her purpose for life. Like Esther you were born for such a time as this.

Each lesson in The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer to go along with the lesson. It is a great study for personal devotions or group Bible study.

For those of you interested in Bible journaling, may I suggest you pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study this book.

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  • Publisher: Christian Daily Resources; 1 edition (March 28 2012)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Just A Time As This March 31 2012
By SeashoreMary - Published on
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Amazon's e-book, The Book of Esther, is "for just a time as this". What timing that it is being brought to the forefront, as the Feast of Purim was currently celebrated.

This e-book is structured with 18 chapters converted into lessons, with its opening chapter setting the scene with King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) sitting at the throne, over a kingdom spanning 127 provinces from India to Cush, abundantly blessed with wealth and the King celebrating it with his nobles, princes, officials and military leaders from Media and Persia. King Xerxes held his celebration for a period of 180 days "displaying" his vast wealth.

Each chapter holds the author's point of view, including a daily bible scripture, and a prayer of the day.

Deborah H. Bateman is always pointing to the scriptures and giving God the glory, requesting insight for the reader as the reader applies each chapter's occurrence to their own lives ie.:

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

"As we read this Scripture help us to see drinking too much wine can cause all kinds of trouble. Help us as wives to submit to our husbands as unto the Lord. But help us to know where the boundaries are. In Jesus' name, we ask it. Amen."

She sets the tone for disciplined, committed bible reading (making it ideal for the christian classroom bible study) to further educate the reader into how God uses Esther to teach the modern-day christian who wants to know more about how God continues to genuinely touch an individual from yesterday's events to today's turbulent times.

The author has generously included a section "Things to Think About" further prodding the reader into going beyond what is written on paper and applying principles to effect their own lives.

As in the Book of Ruth, this author's earlier e-book, Deborah manages to capture the spiritual layer of God's involvement in Esther's life relevant to today's christian.

Esther is a Jewish orphan who is raised by her cousin, Mordechi. Esther is taken into the King's palace and "prepped" for one night with the King.

This story has such a deep love from an orphan to her King, and the King's genuine love and affection for a commoner, flowing from one dramatic event to another culminating into a final decision of life or death from Esther to stand up for her people or she and they all perish.

I love prophecy. Israel is currently contemplating striking Iran to prevent Iran's build up of nuclear weapons to prevent Israel's total annihilation threatened by Iran. This is really ironic as Esther and King Xerxes ruled over ancient Persia and Media - today modern day Iran.

Recently on March 9, 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gifted President Obama a Scroll of the Book of Esther:

"...he gave the President the megillah (scroll) of the Book of Esther, which Jews read during Purim..."

"Purim conveys three lessons. First, the survival of the Jewish people is assured -- not by the words or edicts of foreign rulers -- but when they have the ability to defend themselves. As Netanyahu said, "As prime minister of Israel, I will never let my people live in the shadow of annihilation."

Second, Purim suggests that the Jewish people -- and religious liberty -- will always be threatened by regimes that regard self-governance and civil society as the enemy. Alluding to the Passover Haggadah, Netanyahu stated: "In every generation there are those who wish to destroy the Jewish people."

"Indeed, the third and most important lesson of Purim is that ability to take pre-emptive military action is essential to Jewish survival. As Netanyahu said: "The purpose of the Jewish state is to secure the Jewish future. That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat..." (source:

Amazon's e-book, The Book of Esther, A Story of Love and Favor, is "for just a time as this." Indeed, prophecy unveiling today?

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)

Read the e-book today and follow Esther's journey. Will she perish? Will God intervene and deliver His people?

The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor (Daily-Bible-Reading Series)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ancient teaching applied to a modern lifestyle. March 31 2012
By Jo Wanmer - Published on
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Deborah gently and simply leads the reader to a thorough understanding of the book of Esther. It is a wonderful story of devotion and self sacrifice, wisdom and courage. Deborah helps the reader to apply this ancient teaching to everyday life in the twenty first century. Each day a different part of the story is expounded and it touches a different issue in the reader's life. The benefit the reader receives from this book will be determined by the time taken to meditate on the excellent questions after each devotion. Given time, the Holy Spirit will bring fresh revelation to individual hearts.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book of Esther: A story of love and favor (daily-bible reading series) May 12 2012
By reader555 - Published on
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I love the way the written bought the story of Esther alive. the details were so vivid that you can feel you were there at the time and living it. I can sense the moment and senses. I sometimes teach a sabbath bible study for children and reading this book helps me to better tell and illustrate the story to the younger generation which makes it more interesting for them and easier for them to remember and enjoy the stories of the bible.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Study of the Book of Esther May 24 2012
By Chris - Published on
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The story of Esther is one of my favorite Bible stories so I was very excited to read this book. Deborah, the author, does a good job in dividing the story into 18 daily lessons. In each lesson she gives you deeper insight on a specific event in the story of Esther. I especially liked Lesson 18 - she sums up and lists how God's hand of provision and protection was with His people throughout this entire story. At the end of each lesson there is a prayer and questions to reflect on. This study of the book of Esther was inspiring and thought-provoking. I think this book would be good for small study groups too.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daily Bible Study of the Book of Esther March 30 2012
By Katherine Harms - Published on
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I have always loved the book of Esther since about seventh grade when our Sunday School quarterly had her picture on the cover. It was an exquisite, very oriental image, showing the moment she touched the scepter of the king. I later learned what a courageous moment that was, and it stayed with me. Deborah Bateman brings this amazing moment to life in her day by day Bible study of the book of Esther, as part of a thorough look at the whole book. Each day's study is short enough to be completed at the beginning of a busy day, including her excellent comments, the text for study - very handy, because you don't even need to have a Bible with you - and three or four thought questions. You have time for this Bible study.

I appreciated the fact that Deborah spread her study over the entire book. Some people would have thought it necessary to avoid the gruesome executions or the terrible battles at the end. I have read studies that simply ignore those truths. Deborah clearly accepts a basic truth: God preserved the whole Bible for us to study and grow. The hard parts are just as important as the easy parts. It is exciting to read about the parties and the fine dress and decorations, but bloody, vicious executions are challenging for twentieth century students. She handles the challenge with grace, and every student will be blessed by the way she covers the entire story.

Deborah demonstrates that you don't need hours every day in order to study and grow in faith. You simply need to promise yourself to complete one study each day and then keep your promise. You can do this Bible study in less than a half hour each day, although you may find it so interesting that you will want to spend more time in prayer and thought.

If you have not yet found a way to make time for Bible study every day, I recommend this book.

I received a pre-publication copy of this book at no charge for the purpose of reviewing it. I am not obligated to write a positive review or to recommend the book.