Woven throughout the Bible are numerous stories of historical characters, both great and small. Most often, however, we are left with only the necessary details (to include all of them would require a book of such gigantic size that it would be impossible to carry). This leaves many of us to speculate and hypothesize as to what their everyday or personal lives and thoughts may have been. Many authors have expressed their conceptualizations through the genre of biblical fiction. Among the plethora of versions, however, I discovered a beautiful biblical fiction novel over Esther, written by Ginger Garrett and appropriately titled Chosen: the Lost Diaries of Queen Esther.
The cover art of the novel was the first to catch my attention as I was browsing around in a used bookstore. Aesthetic and attractive, it lured me to discover whether or not the book lived up to this beautiful design. It did, and more.
The book’s diary format made me quite involved in what was going on in the main character’s thoughts. People, environments, and situations are all viewed through Esther’s eyes. Although it is fictional, it ironically felt almost real.
Sprinkled throughout the book are fictional newspaper clippings that offer comparisons of situations and circumstances to our modern day times and moral insight. These also aided in the spiritual encouragement provided by the novel. I experienced a version of what the real Esther might have gone though, from the time before she was chosen as a prospective queen, through her preparations, to her meeting with the king, to the moment of bravery she underwent for her people. Her thoughts, weaknesses, fears, loves, and determination to serve God were delicately blended throughout this fictional conceptualization of her life.
It was a very enjoyable read and I found it to be quite refreshing. History was brought to life as I walked around in her environments. In fact, it was not only history, but Esther herself who seemed to come alive in this beautifully written novel. Although I have read other biblical fiction novels, this one is definitely now one of my favorites.