a plot to overthrow the government
women's lib controversy
a nationwide beauty pageant
lots of eating, drinking & celebrating
a beautiful palace setting
If all that sounds interesting to you, run (don't walk) to the nearest Bible and turn to the book of Esther. Yes, that's right, the book of Esther in The Holy Bible. It's a short book, only 10 chapters, in the Old Testament. Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not mention the name of God, yet His hand is at work throughout, guiding the plot to a miraculous ending. I've read this book in the New King James Version, the New International Version, and the New American Standard Bible, and it never fails to draw me into the storyline. (Of course, these are only a few of the versions available!)
I spent most of this past week re-studying the book of Esther in preparation for an upcoming Ladies' Meeting at our church where I will be the guest speaker. My topic is A Time for Fasting and Prayer or What to do During the White Spaces in Your Life. It's amazing that even though I've read Esther many times, completed a few Bible Studies on it, and even given presentations about it, I find new insights each time I commit to studying through the book again.
So, what are you waiting for? If you've never read the book of Esther or can't remember why it's such a wonderful story, grab your Bible and enjoy a great read!
(BTW - if you are local and interested in attending the Ladies' Meeting where I'll be speaking on Friday, January 28, please email me for details.)