Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther?

Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther?

by Matt Koceich

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Overview


What do you know about Esther?

Was she:
. . .the beautiful Queen of Persia?
. . .the woman who hid her Jewish heritage from the king?
. . .the courageous one who risked her life to save her people?
. . .all of the above?

Journey along with Esther in a luxurious Persian palace, in the presence of a powerful king, in the very center of God’s amazing power!

This biblically accurate story of Esther, created just for the kids in your life, explores the life of the beautiful Queen of Persia, while drawing 8- to 12-year-olds into a fascinating time and place as they learn about the woman who hid her Jewish heritage from the king and ultimately risked her life to save her people. Featuring three key sections—a Fact File, an Action File, and a Power File—kids will enjoying learning about the life of Esther while coming to understand that an ancient Bible story really does apply to their lives today. Dozens of captivating line art pieces add depth and interest to every chapter.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683226291
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Kingdom Files Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 679,546
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author


Matt Koceich is a husband, father, and public school teacher. Matt and his family live in Texas.
 

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CHAPTER 1

A King, a Party, and a Queen

The book of Esther gives us hope that God cares all about our daily lives. Whether it's something personal that we struggle with like being anxious, or problems with other people like being bullied or feeling left out, studying Esther's story will encourage us to remember that God is in control and always on our side. It's a story of hope that reminds us that God is our Protector and He cares about all the things that we care about.

Our investigation into the life of Esther begins in a land called Persia in the year 483 BC. Persia was a place in the Middle East. If you find Iran on a world map, you will see where Persia was located. Persia covered so much land back in the time of Esther that it was known as an empire. To get an idea of how large Persia was, look back at the world map and find Greece. Now look right until you find India. All the land in between was Persia!

Esther's story starts with a king, a party, and a queen. Esther's parents were most likely a part of the people from Jerusalem who were exiled to Babylon under the rule of King Nebuchadnez zar. Exiled means people are forced to move far away from their homes. As was the case for Esther's parents, they were made to move to a foreign country that had a different culture and different language.

The book of Esther takes place 103 years after the Jewish people were taken captive, and 54 years after a man named Zerubba bel led the first group of exiles back from Persia to their homeland in Jerusalem.

The Persian king, Cyrus, said that the captives could return to Jerusalem; however, many of the Jewish people decided to stay in Persia. Esther's parents were part of the group that did not want to return to their homeland.

Esther's story takes place in a nation called Persia and Media. This was the most powerful nation in the world at the time. A proud king named Xerxes was in charge of this massive kingdom that stretched all the way from Ethiopia to India — 127 provinces in all. While there were palaces all over the land, a very large one was located at a place called Susa. Xerxes wanted to throw a big party for all his officials and leaders so he could show off everything that he had accomplished.

Xerxes was very rich and liked to have fun, so he decided to make the party last for 180 days! This six-month festival would show off how glorious his kingdom was. The Bible tells us that after that huge party was over, the king hosted another party that lasted for seven days. This second party was for all the people who lived in the city. No matter if they were rich or poor, the king invited them in, and they all were served in the gardens. This was a beautiful display of the king's money and power.

The people sat on couches made of gold and silver and drank from golden cups. White and blue linens hung from marble pillars all around the garden. The king made sure everyone received the royal treatment!

The queen at that time was Vashti, and she liked to throw parties too. The Bible says that while all the king's festivities were happening, Vashti was hosting a banquet for the women in the palace. It was customary for women not to appear in public, so the queen had her own gathering for the ladies.

The king sent his men to bring his queen to the party so he could show everyone how beautiful she was. But the queen refused to go! No one knows why she refused, but this was where all the weeks of fun came to an abrupt end. Vashti did not do as the king ordered, so "the king became furious and burned with anger" (1:12). And even though Esther hasn't been mentioned in the story yet, this scene sets up the reason she was called out of her everyday life and into God's kingdom work!

Xerxes summoned all the people who were closest to him, his advisers, and asked what he should do. They all said he should punish Vashti because if she wouldn't obey the king, then all the other noblewomen in the kingdom might act in the same way. That sounds silly, but way back then, things were different. The biggest responsibility the advisers had was to make sure no one disrespected the king! King Xerxes needed to act quickly, and that's exactly what he did.

The first royal decree was sent out: Vashti was not allowed in the king's presence. She was no longer the queen. Her behavior didn't please the king, so a new queen would need to be found. And just like that, Vashti was out. The king made another order. A second decree went out: "Every man should be ruler over his own household" (1:22). At that time, a royal decree could not be undone. Vashti could never be queen again.

God was using this very unfortunate situation to make a way for Esther to enter into the king's palace.

CHAPTER 2

A New Queen

Four long years passed between Vashti's removal as queen and Esther's arrival. The king and his army had battled against Greece. Back in Bible times, there were a lot of battles fought to gain or keep control of land. The Persian Empire covered so much land that Xerxes, as king, had to fight many battles to keep his rule strong. He was not successful, and so the king was back in the palace, defeated and all alone. King Xerxes thought about Vashti, but because of the royal order he had given, she could not come back.

The king's servants came to Xerxes and told him to order a search for a new queen. Xerxes liked this idea, so word was sent throughout the kingdom. This is where Esther came into the picture. She had an older cousin named Mordecai. Mordecai was a man who lived in the Persian city of Susa. He most likely worked for the king because of his position at the city gate. Seeing that Esther had been orphaned, Mordecai adopted and raised Esther "as his own daughter when her mother and father died" (2:7). At some time during the search for a new queen, Esther was brought to the palace.

Esther was part of a group of young women taken from their everyday lives and brought to the king's castle. One day she was doing her normal routine — drawing water from a well, playing games, and buying vegetables at the local market — and the next she was being whisked away by the king's soldiers. Esther must have been anxious and unsure about her future, but she trusted God. This was also hard for Esther, because she was taken from her only relative. Away from Mordecai, the only family she had left, Esther was escorted to the castle and forced to grow up in a hurry. She was surely confused about her new position, but Esther never stopped believing that God was in charge of her life.

At the palace, Esther immediately found favor with a man named Hegai, who was in charge of finding the next queen. Esther even received "beauty treatments and special food" (2:9). While all this was happening, Esther did not tell anyone that she was Jewish. Mordecai had instructed her not to say anything about her background. He had a feeling that things wouldn't go well if the king and his assembly knew Esther was Jewish. Esther respected her cousin's wishes and kept her identity a secret.

While all this beauty work was going on, Mordecai stuck close to the palace courtyard where Esther was so he would know how she was doing. He wanted to make sure no harm came her way. Mordecai showed that he was a loyal man by caring for Esther.

For one whole year, Esther and the other women went through a process of beauty treatments to look nice: "six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics" (2:12). The Bible says that Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her, even the king.

On the surface, Esther's story is very similar to our spiritual life stories because she was taken from a faraway place into the presence of a king, just as Jesus saves us from our sins and brings us into His Father's house!

CHAPTER 3

A Conspiracy and a Very Bad Plan

After many days of training and preparing, the time had come for Esther to go to the king. Standing in the royal palace, she soon learned that the king liked her more than any of the other young ladies he had seen. Xerxes took the royal crown and placed it on Esther's head. This act made her the queen of the whole land of Persia!

Awhile later, Mordecai was again at the king's gate keeping watch and overheard two of the king's officials, Bigthana and Teresh, talking about an evil plan. The men were scheming to take Xerxes' life. Mordecai knew what had to be done. He told Queen Esther, "who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai" (2:22). Because of Mordecai's quick thinking, the king was safe.

Things were going well for Xerxes. He had a new queen, and his empire was still the largest in the land. Sometime later the king promoted a man named Haman to a seat of special honor that put him in a very high position over all the other nobles. The king called for all the royal officials to kneel before Haman at the city gate. Remember, Mordecai held a position in the king's court, but he refused to obey the rule and would not bow to Haman. This was because Mordecai obeyed God. He had the courage not to give in to the king's order.

The royal officials saw that Mordecai refused to bow to Haman and questioned him about it. "Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply" (3:4). The men took the report back to Haman, who became furious when he saw that Mordecai would not honor him. Haman was in a position of authority. When he heard that Mordecai was a Jew, he wanted to find a way to destroy not only Mordecai but all the Jewish people "throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes" (3:6).

Haman found himself in the company of the king and told him all about Mordecai's disrespect and the others who did not do as they were told. "Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king's laws; it is not in the king's best interest to tolerate them" (3:8). This was exactly what Mordecai was trying to warn Esther about. Esther was about to face a very big problem that would require great courage on her part. Haman wanted to do away with the Jewish people, and Mordecai knew that the king would more than likely sign a decree to help Haman accomplish his evil plan.

Xerxes agreed with Haman and even told him he could attack the Jewish people. The king took off his signet ring and gave it to Haman. Orders would be written up so that Jewish people in every province across the kingdom would be under attack. The king's ring would be used to seal the orders so the people would know the orders were officially from the king. Xerxes gave his chief official full authority to do great harm to Esther's people. All because Mordecai refused to kneel before Haman.

Remember ... Queen Esther was Jewish too!

The plan that Haman tried to carry out was very evil. Haman wanted to take the lives of all the Jews who lived all throughout the king's realm. His plan was publicized everywhere. This terrible moment was one that God wouldn't stand for. Even though the situation looked bleak, God was at work behind the scenes.

CHAPTER 4

Mordecai Asks Esther to Help

When Mordecai heard of Haman's plan, he was very sad. "He tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly" (4:1). The situation seemed hopeless, and Mordecai couldn't contain his emotions. He must have felt responsible for the threat that was now against the Jews. Things just kept getting worse, and Mordecai couldn't see how the situation would ever change.

People couldn't help but wonder about the grown man who was tearing his clothes in the middle of the street and wailing. They stopped and stared at the man covered in ashes and sackcloth. Some of them knew that Mordecai and Esther were related, and they sent word about Mordecai's actions back to Esther. She had clothes sent to him, but he refused to put them on. Wearing sackcloth was a sign of seeking forgiveness and humbling oneself before God. And Mordecai knew the only way out of this situation would be through the power of God.

Esther sent one of her helpers to find Mordecai to see what was bothering him. Hathak went out and listened as Mordecai retold all the terrible things that Haman planned to do to the Jewish people. Mordecai asked Hathak to have Esther go to the king and "beg for mercy and plead with him for her people" (4:8).

Esther was concerned because Mordecai's request would put her in a very dangerous position. Anyone who approached the king uninvited, including the queen, would be severely punished. She told Hathak to go back to Mordecai and tell him that anyone who went to the king without being summoned would be put to death, unless the king extended the gold scepter to them and spared their life.

Mordecai had a sobering reply for the queen: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape" (4:13). Mordecai wasn't about to give up trying to get Esther to see how serious the situation was. He went on to tell her that if she didn't do anything to help, the Jewish people would receive deliverance from another place. This means that God would protect His people. If Esther didn't act to help the situation, God would still keep His word because He is a promise keeper.

Esther knew that the time had come to make a choice. She didn't waste a moment. The queen instructed Mordecai to gather all the Jews who lived in the region and have them fast — not eat or drink anything — for three days. Esther added that she too would do the same thing. She promised Mordecai that after her fasting period was done, she would go to the king, "even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish" (4:16). Esther was willing to risk her own life for the sake of all her people. She was willing to put others above herself. Esther is a great example of submitting to God even in very difficult times.

CHAPTER 5

Esther's Plan

Esther had the courage to be a woman of her word. Remember, she was queen! In terms of money and comfort, Esther was all set. She didn't need anything. But in her heart, she knew that Mordecai was right. God had brought her to this position of influence for a very important reason. Her people were depending on her. After fasting for three whole days, Esther mustered up the faith it took to stand before the king, knowing that God was on her side.

Esther was ready to go to Xerxes and confront him about Haman's terrible idea. But first she needed to gain the king's trust before she would reveal the evil plot. She went to the king's hall and waited to speak to Xerxes. He asked what she needed and said, "Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you" (5:3). Esther's plan included inviting the king and Haman to a banquet that she personally prepared. She wanted them to let their guards down and be happy. The king quickly accepted her invitation. "Bring Haman at once ... so that we may do what Esther asks" (5:5).

At the banquet, the king and Haman were present, enjoying the meal that Esther had prepared for them. Xerxes, again, asked Esther what she wanted: "Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted" (5:6). Esther thought about it, but she knew the time wasn't right to discuss the situation with the king. She wasn't going to back down, but she was going to wait on God's timing. Another invitation had to come first. Esther replied to the king with another offer. She invited the king to bring Haman to a second banquet the following day. She would prepare another extraordinary dining experience. After she invited them, Esther said, "Then I will answer the king's question" (5:8).

Twice Esther waited to give her specific request that the king protect her people. The whole time they enjoyed the wide variety of food and drink, Esther was preparing to take her request to the king. Don't forget she had fasted to make sure things were right between her and God. Waiting on God's perfect timing was something Esther was trying hard to do.

Meanwhile, Haman was out walking and was "happy and in high spirits" (5:9). He thought it was wonderful to be treated with such respect. He felt proud to be honored with all of these fancy meals. What a feast he enjoyed at the favor of Queen Esther! If she put together such an awesome meal for him, all the officials he would come in contact with should surely bow to him and treat him with the same respect. That's when he came across Mordecai at the king's gate.

(Continues…)


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Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
PatriotMama More than 1 year ago
My 12 year read this book. She really enjoyed it. The layout as a file with clues was neat. The only negative is she felt she was a little too old for the book. Might be better suited for ages 8-10. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Ddeb More than 1 year ago
Who was Esther? Esther will discover God is bigger than problems in her life. She is a Jew living in the land of Persia. God works in Esther' s life to protect the Jewish people. This story of Esther demonstrates how God is always in control. This is an an easy to read book for 8-12 year olds. I enjoyed reading this book to see how God can work in the life a a woman. I found the retelling of the story interesting. It is my opinion that this is a book that would interest children. I especially liked the power up. The power up emphasises principles for living today based on the event that occurred during Esther's life. I recommend this book for your reading pleasures. Enjoy this book with your children as you discover how God worked in the life of Queen Esther . I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Emma More than 1 year ago
The Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich The(The Kingdom Files) What do you know about Esther? Was she: . . .the beautiful Queen of Persia? . . .the woman who hid her Jewish heritage from the king? . . .the courageous one who risked her life to save her people? . . .all of the above? Journey along with Esther in a luxurious Persian palace, in the presence of a powerful king, in the very center of God’s amazing power! This biblically accurate story of Esther, created just for the kids in your life, explores the life of the beautiful Queen of Persia, while drawing 8- to 12-year-olds into a fascinating time and place as they learn about the woman who hid her Jewish heritage from the king and ultimately risked her life to save her people. Featuring three key sections—a Fact File, an Action File, and a Power File—kids will enjoying learning about the life of Esther while coming to understand that an ancient Bible story really does apply to their lives today. Dozens of captivating line art pieces add depth and interest to every chapter. This is Esther's story. There are three sections in "Who Was Esther?" !. The Fact File offers some quick, key information about Esther and it gives a timeline of the years when she was a part of God's story. 2. The Action File goes into more detail and features the story of Esther being made the Queen of Persia by King Xerses. 3. The Power File shows how we can relate and apply the lessons learned from Esther's life to our own life. there are Bible verses to memorize. Kingdom Files is a series of six books. the story features a different biblical character. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The stories are founded on Biblical history. I highly recommend reading. The Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich is a wonderful well written 5 star book. I am looking forward to reading more books by Matt Koceich. The Kingdom Files: Who Is Jesus? (The Kingdom Files)by Matt Koceich The Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther? (The Kingdom Files)by Matt Koceich Imagine. . .The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koceich by Matt Koceich Kingdom Files: Who Was Jonah? (The Kingdom Files) by Matt Koceich Kingdom Files: Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? (The Kingdom Files) by Matt Koceich Imagine... The Ten Plagues IMAGINE... The Great Flood by Matt Koceichby Matt Koceich Prayers for Difficult Times for Kids by Matt Koceich Come, Follow Me: 365 Comforting Messages from the One Who Knows Your Name by Matt Koceich
Gayla_Mazzuca More than 1 year ago
Great book for girls. My granddaughter loved this book. The story was easy to read and understand and gave her a better foundation for who Esther was.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The Kingdom Files books are an imaginative and engaging way to encourage children to read the bible. Focusing on one character at a time, the reader gets the biblical facts in the format of a short novel. My nine-year-old loved it and reading Who Was Esther and Who Was David together provided quality time while teaching her the stories of Esther and David. The book’s clues brought attention to facts while making the learning time more fun. I would absolutely recommend The Kingdom Files Who Was Esther and Who Was David. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
What an amazing series of books! I read this one to my kids and they loved each chapter with its clues and memorable history facts. It is written well for kids to understand and keep engaged. It summarizes each part of the story in short little chapters. The Power Files in the back are an awesome resource for kids and reminders. Well done! I plan on getting the others to add to my personal library. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SusanS More than 1 year ago
Matt Koceich, in my opinion, did an exemplary job writing Kingdom Files designed to help children ages 8-12 dig deeper into the lives of several key people from the Bible. I read Kingdom Files: Who Was David? and Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther? Each book is set up the same, with a fact file containing key information to get started. The chapters of the book are set up in the action file. Each chapter contains clues that are important key facts to help you dig deeper into the person named in the file. All this is followed by a Power File which contains ten Power Ups to bring out the lessons we can learn from each person. The format makes the book interesting to read, and there are plenty of scripture references to read. I recommend the Kingdom Files books to anyone looking for a great gift for elementary school aged children. I am thinking about giving sets to our grandchildren. I also think the books would be wonderful for parents to use with their children to guide them into how to study God’s Word. I think they would also make great Sunday school tools, with children creating their own files based on the format of the book. There are several other books in the series. There is also a website www.KingdomFiles.com that has additional resources to go along with the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Sandra0808 More than 1 year ago
The Kingdom files are unique and interesting biographies that keep young readers invested in the outcome. Complete with Fact Files, Action Files, Power Files, and Clue boxes, young readers will feel as if they are interacting with the story. They are not so much mysteries, but biblical stories where clues allude to the final outcome and how god is working in the life of the character. The Power Files are particularly nice addition to show readers how to apply the lessons learned to their own lives.
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
Barbour Books has introduced a delightful new series for 8-12 year olds that promises adventure. Each book in the series begins with Fact File, providing each Bible character’s basic facts such as occupation, hometown, and a timeline. The Fact File also providing key stats of the characters successes. Visually appealing, The Fact File looks like a file folder with index cards and sticky notes with the above information. My favorite part of the Fact File, which is dispersed intermittently within chapter of the book, is a sticky note entitled Clues. Clues provides neat little tidbits such as this one in Who was Esther?, “ Esther’s Hebrew name was Hadassah, which means “myrtle,” but her Persian name was Esther.” Each book has approximately 8 short chapters, black and white sketches and closes with Power Files, a feature providing a brief summarization of an applicable lesson and memory verse. While this series is written for children, I enjoyed reading them and even learned a thing or two! For example, in the first chapter, the ancient country of Persia is called Iran in modern times. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions, therein, are solely my own.
Thimbleluvr More than 1 year ago
My pre-teen children loved this book. My son was thrilled to discover details about Esther and was able to recount her story to me in great detail. My daughter enjoyed reading about a strong female figure and relating to her. We're looking forward to reading future books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
My son read the book about David, and my daughter who is a bit younger than him began reading the book on Esther. This is what my son had to say: "Kingdom Files is a series that tells biblically accurate stories of some of the characters in the Bible in a way that kids can understand and enjoy. I read the story of David and found the story accurate (minus leaving out David and Bathsheba, but that made sense, since that was a more age mature story and it’s a kids book); the side notes were interesting, and the artwork nice. I think kids would find it entertaining and enjoy the layout of the book." I also looked over the Esther book a bit myself before my daughter began reading it, and liked it. It makes the Bible stories come to life, and better helps kids understand the time periods, and country's customs surrounding the story, as well as, the characters themselves. I would recommend these books. I received my books courtesy of Barbour Publishing, but was not asked or required to review positively. All opinions are "our" own.
fromtheheartJH More than 1 year ago
Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich is one of the Kingdom Files series from Barbour Publishing. It is written for 8-12-year old’s, but I found it interesting! It is written in an engaging manner offering facts, but also a story and “Power Up” applications. It also includes memory verses. I have already shared it and plan to buy it for gifts.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Who Was Esther? is just one of the books from the new Kingdom Files Series by Matt Koceich. The Kingdom Files is a book series from Barbour Publishing for upper elementary children. Focusing on ages 8-12, it is a collection both girls and boys are sure to enjoy. Written like a case file it is a delightful way to get kids interested in reading and the stories from scripture. This book was written in a fun way to keep readers interested and maintain the biblical accuracy. Divided into four sections it gives readers something to ponder. There are neat illustrations scattered throughout to help visualize the tale. Esther’s story is told in a new, refreshing light. This book makes her relatable to children. Being an orphan and raised by her uncle, she was not from an upper class. She trusted God with everything and He protected her. She even became a role model for many. After the story are memory verses and life lessons to consider. Wow. I love this series. It would be great for Sunday School, Junior Church, Vacation Bible School, or Small Group. Even reading at home kids will benefit from this series. I highly recommend The Kingdom Files. They would make a wonderful birthday and Christmas gift for your upper elementary or middle school reader. For me, these are definitely rated 5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own, honest ones.
lmnop99 More than 1 year ago
I saw these books and thought my son would love to read them. They are a wonderful way to learn more in a unique way. Each book has a few pictures, and is organized like a detective with clues and "Files". This is a wonderful format to learn more and my son really enjoyed the stories. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The perfect alternative for Christian children, something that you can feel good about them reading to enhance their Christian faith. The author did a wonderful job of drawing in and keeping interest, set up like a case file, and part of Barbour’s new series, The Kingdom Files. As the back cover states Who Was She? Was she: . . .the beautiful Queen of Persia? . . .the woman who hid her Jewish heritage from the king? . . .the courageous one who risked her life to save her people? . . .all of the above? • Age Range: 8 - 12 years • Grade Level: 4 - 6 • Series: The Kingdom Files • Paperback: 96 pages • Publisher: Barbour Books; Gld edition (August 1, 2018) A perfect add to your library. I received this book through Barbour Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
Who Was Esther? is a new installment in the Kingdom Files series by Matt Koceich. Written by an elementary school teacher, this series is targeted for kids ages 8 to 12. My six year old took an immediate interest in the book and pictures. Though she reads well, because of the length of this book, it is one for us to read together. Older children will be able to easily read the narrative by themselves. There are grayscale pictures throughout. The book is divided into three parts with the first part being the “Fact File.” This is very basic information about the character such as name, occupation, approximate time of life, etc. In this book, the “Fact File” spans two pages. The “Action File” is the longest section and retells the Biblical story of Esther, a Jewish orphan who became Queen of Persia and saved her people from annihilation. This section also features “clues” to aid the reader's investigation into discovering the life of the character and thinking more deeply on the text. The text aligns with the Biblical narrative, but it doesn't dip into the sexual aspects of the book. No mentions of harems and concubines. However, I didn't like that Esther being taken to the king was compared with people being saved by Jesus and brought into the Father's house (page 22). The “Power File” is the last section and my personal favorite part of the book. This portion features ten small devotions based off the story with a correlating Bible verse. I found these to be positive, empowering, appropriate for both genders, and suited to the targeted age range. In conclusion, Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich entertains and encourages children as it teaches the story of Esther and provides life applications. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
annelr More than 1 year ago
Who Was Esther? by Matt Koceich, is part of the Kingdom Files series of books geared for children ages 8-12. The series is designed to teach youngsters about real individuals from the Bible by having the kids investigate the highlighted character. This particular book is about Esther and tells the story of how she became a queen and was able to save the Jewish people from annihilation. The book is easy to read and understand and the illustrations are age appropriate and add interest to the story. As kids are being invited to be an important part of the Kingdom Files investigations, the book is laid out into three sections, Fact File (key information), Action File (stories of the person's life) and Power File. I found the Power File to be an important part of the book as it is where the information given in the book is made relevant to the readers' lives through ten Power-Ups--principles and memory verses to help plant God's Word in their hearts. I think these are great talking points to engage the young reader and have conversations with them regarding the truths shared. I am excited to share this book and others in the series with my grandchildren. It is a great way to teach them about how God used these men and women in the Bible and how He wants to use them too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
knit4snow More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book about Esther. I love how the author pulls you in to the story like you are a detective by giving you clues. Also at the end of the book the Power-Ups are great ways to encourage you along with a memory verse. I'm ready for more in this series. I received this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Who Was Esther? is part of the children's series, Kingdom Files. I liked learning and reading about Esther. The book is easy to read for young ones to understand. There are several sections in the book called Fact File, Action File and Power File. My favorite section is the Power File. It has ten lessons to learn that is associated with Esther. Each lesson has a memory verse with it. I highly recommend Who Was Esther? for families who have children age 7- 12. I give it five stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Sonflwr More than 1 year ago
This is a difficult book of the Bible to try to put it on the level of 8-12 year olds. A complex situation. Yet, I felt the author did a good job of doing just that. Kids, both boys and girls enjoy being the detective, and that is a great way of presenting things so they will become more interested in the lesson. This is a little more involved than a single Sunday lesson, but can be used in home school situations, as well as a longer study with this age. I think kids this age enjoy the “chapter” books, and they would get a lot out of the extra part at the back: Power Up section. This is where they’ll be able to apply what they’ve learned to their own lives. I would recommend this for the young Bible student. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
tillyd1 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful children's series called Kingdom Files, by Matt Koceich. It takes the reader (children ages 8-12) on a wonderful journey into the past to discover more about people in the Bible and to find out that each featured person did a lot of great things. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Esther. She was a Jewish woman who became Queen. She has a lot of other things that she is known for, that Mr. Koceich has lined out for the reader to discover; using Fact File, Clues, and Power Files, so that the reader is able to quickly understand who and what Esther was really like. I enjoyed reading this book. Can't wait to share it with my grandson. There are interesting pictures throughout the book, I think the small size of the book will attract pint sized readers. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther is a uniquely presented story about the Biblical Esther for reader ages 8-12. The Kingdom Files series is designed to be an investigation for young reading detectives. Each case (book) is presented in three sections: • Fact File – Information about a particular Bible character • Action File – Bible events showing the character in action • Power File – Information and memory verses to help the investigator in his/her own life Informational Clue Boxes are also included to help the reading detective throughout his/her investigation. This book investigates the life of Esther, the Jewish Queen of Persia. It reveals her being taken to the King’s castle, becoming Queen, and her plan to protect the Jewish people. It also provides memory verses and “power-ups” (or applications) helpful in daily life. I’ve always loved the story of Esther and her heroic choices. It’s a fascinating story allowing young readers to discover the courageous acts of this God-fearing Biblical heroine. The author, Matt Koceich, is a public school teacher. He relates well to young learners. In his series, he not only entertains, but also teaches biblical occurrences, principles, and messages of love and hope. This series has a great concept, unique presentation, and serves as a valuable tool in teaching curious young readers. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Kingdom Files series of books includes biographies of important characters of the Bible. They are written in a very attractive way for students of elementary grades and could be used in Sunday School programs or in a home school environment. Written in a discovery format, the stories will be well remembered long after the book is finished. With eight to ten chapters per book about the character, subtle Biblical clues are given to heighten the curiosity. With ten Power Up Files at the end of the stories, the individual looks at what he/she can learn from the life of the character. There is a Memory Verse with each Power Up File. The print size is excellent and invites reading as does the fluent text with a reminder of the Bible chapter and verse from time to time. I found "Who Was Esther?" very well written with non-distracting informational drawings. I highly recommend this series to Christian Educators as an easy to read text for 3rd or 4th graders. Ester had a strong relationship with Mordecai, a Jew. The story presents Ester among those who was sought for a new queen. Ester was chosen for this honor at a time when a conspiracy was taking place with a man named Haman who wanted to do away with the Jewish people. Mordecai, who had adopted Ester, said to her: For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" Ester 4:14 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
CK119 More than 1 year ago
Who Was Esther? By Matt Koceich is a great book for 8-12-year-old reader. The book is broken down into sections- Fact File, Action File and Power File. The fact file gives the basic facts about the character’s life, the action file is the meat of the book giving the more in-depth story of Esther’s life and the power file is filled with memory verses and ways to incorporate the story into one’s own life. There are “clues” interspersed with the story that give additional information. There is also a mini timeline at the beginning to help get a perspective of how long ago this happened. The power file would make great discussion starters with parents. I loved this book and highly recommend it to all families. I think the power file would make great discussion starters with parents. I give it 5 of 5 stars. Matt Koceich does a wonderful job of relating to children in this age group and writing in ways to grab their attention and draw them in to the story. This series will be a big hit for sure. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. .
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
These little books are well done.. The file theme makes it easy to follow along. I liked the nice descriptive pictures and a nice size text makes it easy to read. These stories tell us the who, why and how of their place in the Bible. Although written for 8 - 12 year-olds, I enjoyed reading it too. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review." My review is voluntary.