Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review of "Hadassah: One Night With The King" by Tommy Tenny

"Esther at the Palace Gate," by Botticelli 
In this post, I am going to be reviewing the book. Hadassah: One Night With the King by Tommy Tenny. This is a novel based on the book of Esther in the Bible.  This book is in the historical fiction genre, which is means it is based on historical events but the exact details do not necessarily match those in history. 

First of all, let me say that I absolutely adored this work! I particularly liked the way that the author brings us back into such different times but makes it so understandable. With his fascinating description and realistic dialogue, we can see the times and place of Ancient Persia. 

The story is written in the first-person, with the exception of a couple of framing chapters at the beginning and end of the book, and the woman's perspective gives a personal view of events that otherwise might have seemed historical and impersonal. We see how this woman's stand, in simply obeying God, changed history. But we also see the Hadassah character as someone very human and fragile, not always strong and brave, as we sometimes picture her. 

This book is a love story: a young girl wins the  heart of a king because she thinks not of how she can please herself but how she can please her master. The title, "One Night With the King" can also be a reflection on how just a short time with Jesus, our king, can change things forever for us.

I felt so inspired by this book that I actually wrote a poem about it, too! 

Next up: I really want to see the movie:: One Night with the King

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