Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther

Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther

by Ginger Garrett
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Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett

Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living.

Quick of mind and strong in spirit, Esther refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him as queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther's mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future–and thus an entire nation.

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ISBN-13: 9780781404273
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: The Lost Loves of the Bible Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 506,266
File size: 477 KB

About the Author

Focusing on ancient women's history, Ginger Garrett creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. In addition to her writing, Garrett is a frequent radio and television guest. Ginger resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.

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Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
LyssaD More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the story of Esther and this book gave so much more than the average Bible lesson. My only dissapointment was at the end when the author leaves a note to readers informing them that only some of the events are true and that she does not want to tell us what isn't. I have no problem adding fiction to enhance a story, but it would have been nice to know what are the solid facts about Queen Esther.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The imagery in this book was spectacular--I felt like I was there sometimes! Though the Biblical story is well-known by me it was like I'd never read it, in comparison. This story is well-researched and well-written. It could not be better!
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ProfessorChristopher More than 1 year ago
Garrett is a good writer of prose, and a vivacious woman whose work you want to like. Unfortunately with Chosen, there are too many glaring factors that detract from her work. While the premise of Esther's lost diaries coming to light is a very creative approach, certain aspects of the book are head-scratchers: the dating system given before each chapter (off by many years from the Jewish calendar dates); the early and gratuitous depictions of Jews as money-grubby; the inaccurate reference to Persia as being under the Arabian sun; the strange use of the Persian name Cyrus for a Jewish character; the anachronistic mention of Jesus Christ; the highly diverting footnotes referring to Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush; and the very confused and confusing mesh of historical and invented news items that serve as front matter and an appendix to the novel, to name but a few. There is also the immediate anachronism on the cover picture for the 2010 David C. Cook edition depicting Islamic architecture for a story set 1100 years before Islam reached Persia - not a great start (the earlier NavPress edition's cover was better). The main problem, however, is that the book comes after The Gilded Chamber, a novel of which Chosen is highly derivative. Reading these back-to-back gives one the impression of plot plagiarism, in terms of what was added by each writer to the Biblical Scroll of Esther. Ostensibly, the only plausible reason to have written this work would be to Christianize it, portraying Esther as just another Jewish harbinger foreshadowing the supreme story of Christ, as certain evangelical (and other) Christians are wont to do. This fact looms large over the entire read and dooms the oeuvre from the outset, despite Garrett's prosaic talents. Ultimately, Chosen by Ginger Garrett has certain things going for it, and has a more YA fiction feel to it, but remains largely unnecessary as a subject matter in the wake of an earlier and better work: Rebecca Kohn's The Gilded Chamber.
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LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Written in diary form this book give us a few of the life of Queen Esther, from a point of view rarely taken. From the point of view of Esther herself. An amazing collection of the feelings and writings of perhaps a young girl taken from her home would feel. Her sorrows and grief, her anger and fear. Ginger Garrett has presented the story of the young queen in a way never presented before. Many books have been written about Esther but this book truly stands out due to the diary style of the book. An enjoyable story and presented in a beautifully written style. Imagine if you will yourself as a young girl of sixteen, on the edge of womanhood, perhaps falling in love with a childhood friend. All of sudden you are snatched from your home and put in a place you never chose to be, and to top it all off, your instructed by your only family member to hide your nationality and your religion. Ginger Garrett truly captures what possibly was the exact feelings of Queen Esther. 288 pages $14.99 US 4 stars. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
This book Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, is the first in a series of books in the Lost Loves of the Bible Series by Ginger Garret. This book is written as if Esther herself was writing a diary and it had been recently uncovered. Imagine the life of an orphan girl that is taken away by a decree from the King Xerxes searching for his next queen. Since Esther was a Jew she never for one minute considered this would become a reality for her. Yet that is exactly what happens despite her love for another, she is removed and taken to the Kings palace. There she is taught the ways of being beautiful and seduction so that when her opportunity to visit the King one night, will allow her to become his Queen. She leans on the faith of the God of her fathers and prays for his insight despite being in a palace where idol worship of false gods is common place. She refuses and keeps the secret of her birth heritage a secret until her cousin Mordecai reveals the time to confront the king with the truth. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book to review for B & B Media Group and I loved the fictional story of reading Esther's diary. I would highly recommend this book as anyone who loves historical biblical fiction. If you would like more information about this book and where to obtain your copy please click on the link below: For more books from Ginger Garret, check out her web page below:
Wyn More than 1 year ago
The premise is that some of the diaries kept by Queen Esther have been found and are now being published. It was quite a different way to present the story of the biblical Esther but very appropriate with the focus on blogging today. The story reads just like diary entries, the situations are believable, the writing easy to follow as well as suspenseful. The details of the Persian court are facinating, her beliefs woven into the story without overpowering it. It is the story of a poor orphan who rises to the top to become queen because she is true to herself. A very good read.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
I had already read one of the other Lost Loves Of The Bible books so I rather knew what to expect from Ginger Garrett. I wasn't disappointed at all by Chosen. I do have to admit that Esther was a bit easier to root for than Jezebel was. Not exactly your usual story of Esther. This Esther isn't quite so impossibly sweet and perfect. No, she sneaks out to spend time with the boy she hopes to marry, uses her feminine wiles, loves another even after she is married, and counts the dead enemies of the Jews. Chosen tells it more like it must have been, honestly, more like the Bible says. Things aren't sugarcoated, neither are they gratuitous. One of the things I found fascinating was the the entire process of beautification that these girls had to go through. This wasn't just a year of bubble baths, scented candles, and getting their nails done. These girls had to work hard! It's no wonder it took an entire year! Chosen chronicles Esther's life from life with Cousin Mordecai just before she is taken to Xerxes palace, through the year long process of beautification and learning how to seduce a king, on to Haman's dastardly plot and Esther's bravery, and finishing at the end of Xerxes reign. The book has some fascinating notes that inspired this history-lover to do some online research and reading about that era, Xerxes reign, and known family. A book well worth reading, Chosen will leave you wanting to re-read the book of Esther with new eyes and maybe a little different perspective. Favorite Quote from Chosen “G-d has left us no room for the awe of man” Mordecai pg. 181 Note: This book has some subject matter that isn't suitable for children. Esther IS part of a harem after all. (I received this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
PattiShene More than 1 year ago
Queen Esther is known as one of the most revered and respected in Christendom. Her courage and dedication to her God set her apart and lift her up as an example for women everywhere. King Xerxes believes he has everything he could ever want until Esther teaches him, with her pure and honest heart, that satisfaction of the flesh is nothing compared to peace of the soul. The inspirational story of these Biblical characters in diary format is told in a way that lays Esther’s heart and soul bare to the reader. From her simple life as a teen experiencing the flutter of first love, through her dramatic lifestyle change as she is prepared for her night with the king, and on to her role as queen, Ginger Garrett explores Esther’s deepest fears, unfailing faith, and divine destiny. The author weaves a tale, based on Biblical truth, of love and devotion tainted by deceit and betrayal. Besides an entertaining read, this novel facilitates an understanding of the morality, politics, and religious beliefs of the times in ancient Persia.    The vivid descriptions of palace life were well done. Each character is depicted in such a manner that the reader is transported back in time. The vivid descriptions of palace life were well done. Each character is depicted in such a manner that the reader is transported back in time. I found the interactions between the characters to be believable due to Miss Garrett’s skilled use of realistic dialogue.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to supplement their study of the Bible with the enjoyment of quality Biblical fiction. I received this book from David C Cook through Fred St Laurent at The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I've been captivated by the story of Esther since I was a preteen reading the Bible. When there are only a couple books of the Bible that focus on women and one of them deals with a girl who becomes queen, it held a special fascination. Chosen is Ginger Garrett's retelling of Esther from the premise that Esther's lost diaries have been found. As a history lover, I found the inserted articles from newspapers and journals confusing. I even emailed Ginger and asked her if any were real reprints. Some of which added to the mystic of the book. What I found entrancing about this book was the way that it swept me to a Persian palace. With each entry in the diary, I could imagine sitting with Esther in the harem and then in the queen's palace. I could imagine the beauty treatments and the complete lack of control the chosen had. The book is filled with intrigue and turned the short, ten chapter book of the Bible into a vivid 300 page novel. And I think it's one that even if you're not sure you like Biblical fiction you would enjoy. Who doesn't want to spend time imagining that she could be chosen above all others to be queen?
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
I asked to review Chosen by Ginger Garrett in order to compare it to Hadassah, One Night With The King by Tommy Tenney. I found Ginger's novel of exquisite taste. I thoroughly enjoyed the diary format. It gave me the feel of peeking into Esther's long-lost diary. Ginger gave intimate details that would be sensitive to a woman's perspective. The intense communications between all the characters are so believable and dramatic. The addition of information at the back of book was of great interest as well. Tommy Tenney's book was equally satisfying, and had great characterization and drama. Both books have their place, and in reading both, you get a richer, fuller appreciation of Esther's circumstances. You are privy to their dependence of praying and listening to God's direction in each situation. I'd highly recommend both books. To accompany these two fine books, I would also recommend Finding Favor With The King by Tommy Tenney. Both novels deal with the travesty of young girls' abductions, but we are not to forget the young men who also were taken into captivity as well. Much like the human trafficking we see in today's society. I definitely look forward to reading Ginger's next books on Jezebel and Delilah, which are part of the Lost Loves of the Bible series. Be prepared for great reading! This book is based on the book of Esther in the Old Testament of the Bible. This book was provided by Audra at The B & B Media Group, Inc., for my honest review, and in this case to compare to another author. My thanks to Audra and B & B for the opportunity to bring your attention to another great novel
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the month of Av in the year 3414 since the creation, Hadassah the orphan is a Jew in exile as the people lost the war and their homeland. She lives in Susa, the capital of the Persian Empire, with her cousin Mordecai who saved her life. However, her tale is that of her becoming Esther, one of the wives of King Xerxes and ultimately savior of her people. This is a well written biblical biographical fiction of one of the heroines of the Old Testament. Using the real recent flood of antiquity items sold in the black market as a way of having Esther tell her tale in her "diary", Ginger Garrett provides her audience with a terrific rendition of a strong woman whose heroism (along with that of her cousin) is celebrated as Purim; a holiday that Hitler wanted destroyed as he feared a second Esther rising from the ruins of his Final Solution. Harriet Klausner
_miss_trista More than 1 year ago
Over all this book was very interesting. The story, of a girl named Esther, who was stolen from her home and forced to live in the kings palace. Given the horrible situation she has found herself in, she uses God as her rock. Its touching how intimate the diary entries seem to be, and it is definitely a heart-wrenching love story, filled with the love of God, the lost love of youth, and the newly unexpected love of the king. It was a bit dry and slow starting, but once the story gets going, it is a page turner. It is very inspiring, and i recommend all young women of God to read it.
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This is a wonderful account of Queen Esther! It portrays her character and feelings excellantly! This is one of the best books I've ever read.