I have been Teaching Bible Studies for many years and was intrigued by the format of this book. I love the historical background offered and the time spent explaining where Esther "fits" into the Biblical timeline. I also appreciated that we were encouraged to dig a little deeper and ask some hard questions about the people in this book. HOWEVER, the conclusions that the author seems to have come to about those people were perplexing and somewhat difficult to accept. Upon MUCH research, I could not find a SINGLE source that agreed with her conclusions. It felt like she had made judgements about the heart attitudes of each character before even starting the book, regardless of what Bible scholars and historians had to say on the subject. I absolutely would not recommend this book.
Glahn has put together an interesting and thought provoking study on Esther. The daily chapters are fairly short, although there are occasional days when they are longer and take more time (but still nothing more than 30 minutes a day) so it's easy to fit into a schedule. This study includes the Scripture verses being studied directly in the book which is handy to have with you.
My only complaint about this study is that some of the questions can be difficult to answer with very little guidance if you don't understand a question or two. Nearly all of them are very straightforward but there were a couple that I found tricky.
A wonderfully concise yet in depth study...a true feat. Perfect for daily devotion or a weekly study with friends at a coffee shop. The college women I'm leading this for thoroughly appreciate the contextual nature of the study and the history that goes along with this amazing story of how God places people where he wants them so he can bring about the events necessary for the deliverance of a people. And S. Glahn's prose is interesting and applicable. The girls are loving this challenging and unique approach. And I appreciate the adherence and respect of Scripture.
In researching many studies to do with a small group this one is wonderful. As a Bible study teacher I am always seeking studies that can apply to all the ladies no matter where they are in their faith journey. Sandra Glahn has a way of making the story of Esther come alive as well as providing extensive details for a good in depth Bible study. If you are looking for a study to do on your own, this work well also. It really gets you in the habit of being in the word every day.