The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon
Release Date: November 2, 2017
Publisher: Radiant Publishing
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
About the Book:
Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally, her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.
As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.
In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?
Esther is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. She is an example of courage and bravery when she chooses to sacrifice her wants for the safety of her people. So when I found out The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon was a modern day re-telling, I knew that I’d have to pick this up.
This book is incredibly captivating! I found it impossible to put the book down once I began reading. Sarah Monzon creates characters that are unique and creative while making them her own. While I’ve never found myself crossing deserts, dealing with scorpions or other hidden dangers, the author gave us a setting that leaps right off the pages. Readers will feel as if they can feel the sand for themselves.
Hannah and her parents are missionaries to the Bedouin people. Now, we’re in a country where Christianity is illegal. Hannah has just returned to the clan she claims as her own after earning her degree in the United States. She has a heart and passion to teach the clan to read, write, and about Jesus. However, she is surprised when she learns that the hostility has grown quite fiercely while she’s been away and that even some of the clan members resent her family.
One of my favorite things about Hannah was her faith. Just like you and I, she struggles in her faith, but she never gives up hope. She continues to look towards God and shares her faith, even if it puts her danger. Sometimes as Americans, we give up too quickly. So it was a great reminder to watch a character not give up and to continue to show that God is so much bigger despite the danger.
So with all of that being said, I LOVED this! I highly recommend it because it is such an eye opener and caused me to reevaluate my walk with God. This is a book that shows how much bigger God is than our circumstances. It causes one to stop and think about whether or not we would still choose to live for God when we’re thrown into danger. Many Christians will tell you yes, but is that truly the case if you actually were placed in that spot? I found myself asking this very question as well as other places in my life. This book is one that drawn me closer to God and is a great reminder that God is still doing so many amazing things and is at work today even if we don’t always see it. If you’re reading this, I highly encourage you to purchase a copy today.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Sarah Monzon:
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make-believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award.