Xerxes, the King, commands his queen, Vashti, to display her beauty to the princes and nobles of his realm. Vashti is embarrassed and refuses, considering it to be immodest and unacceptable. In order to save face to his subjects, Xerxes must divorce Vashti for her disobedience. His advisors worry that he should not be without a queen and like a more modern fairy-tale, the search for a suitable replacement for Vashti begins. All of the girls of the kingdom are summoned to Xerxes' palace in Susa. Esther's older cousin, Mordecai, who has raised her after her parents' death, is wise enough to know that Esther's beauty is known throughout their locale and when the King's emissaries come looking for young girls, she will not be easily hidden. He instructs her in the ways of previously chosen Jewish heroes, such as Joseph (of the many-colored coat) and the prophet, Daniel, who were true to the Jewish God's ways and brought blessings to their people as a result.
This is the foundation for one of the most interesting and uplifting stories of the Old Testament. Because of her faithfulness to God's will, she rises to prominence and heroism as she saves her people from annihilation by the virulent anti-Jewish faction of Xerxes' kingdom.
This modern eBook interpretation of Esther's story by Orion's Gate is a pleasure to read and stage. Orion's Gate is a publisher of many books, audiobooks and CDs of Biblical stories, such as Mary's Song (the story of Joseph and Mary) and Bible-based books, such as the English classic Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. Please visit their website, www.orionsgate.org for complete information.
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