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Chosen: A Study of Esther

by Donna (Pyle) Snow

Item #: 204286 / 2021 / Paperback / 256 Pages

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You're invited to study the Book of Esther.

The setting: A lavish feast in the opulent Persian Empire

The event: a beauty contest

The plot: save a nation from annihilation

God's presence surrounds Esther throughout the entirety of her narrative. While God's name is never stated, you can easily tell how God is working and weaving His plan to fruition through Esther. His presence, even in his seeming absence, is clear. 

The same is true for your life: God is always present with you, even when you feel He is absent. Just because God seems hidden does not mean He is absent, but rather, that He is working faithfully behind the scenes. He never abandons His creation, and He works diligently through you to propel His plan forward. 

In this eight-week individual study, see that God's presence is ever-abundant in your life, and that God gives you the courage to live fearlessly as Esther did. Learn the historical context of the Book of Esther to enrich your understanding of God's Word. Questions are included in each chapter to allow for reflection on your readings as you work through the study by yourself or discuss your answers in a group women's Bible study. 

About the Author

Donna Snow is a popular speaker and author. She has written more than thirty Bible studies and books, including The God of all Comfort, Without This Ring, Forgiveness, and Perseverance. She frequently leads retreats and Bible study courses and is a supporter of mission work. 

What People are Saying 

"With careful research and keen insight, Donna brings her unique perspective as a woman writing for women about a most extraordinary woman—one whom God used in a most special way in His plan of salvation for all nations, even when God may have seemed far away."

-Andrew H. Bartlet, professor emeritus of exegetical theology, Concordia Seminary

"Author Donna Snow brings her engaging trademark charm, humor, and insights to this study on the Book fo Esther. Grab your Bible and be ready to search as Donna takes us all through the Scriptures with personal, practical applications for our daily walk with Jesus. I was richly blessed by doing this study, and I am honored to be asked to endorse it. Readers will not be dissapointed."

-Janice Wendorf, 16th president, Lutheran Women's Missionary League

 

 

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by Donna (Pyle) Snow

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Ruth
7/5/2021
Good insights but not as deep as I’d like the study to be

What girl doesn’t like the epic (true!) story of Esther, the orphan who becomes queen and saves her people from destruction? This is the stuff fairy tales are made of, but this is far more than a fairy tale. I appreciate the insights Donna shares from her tour of the Holy Land and interviews with her tour guide while there, which shed light on some of the cultural aspects we miss as modern-day Americans reading this Old Testament book. Overall, this is a good study, although It’s not as deep as I’d like it to be. Esther is a narrative, and therefore I found the Bible study to be a bit slow-moving to stretch it out to cover eight weeks. Exploring only one or two verses a day is great for a deep theological book like Romans, but not always the best choice for a narrative. There is also a high ratio of personal/discussion questions to questions on the text itself. In one study, for example (Day 5 of Lesson 5), there were four personal questions and only three on Bible verses. I get that some of these questions can spark discussion if you’re doing this as a group study, but it was distracting for me, since I did this as an individual Bible study. Still, it’s worth working though to learn more about God at work in the story of His Old Testament people in the book of Esther.

Elizabeth
6/5/2021
Uplifting/educational

Anything written by Donna Snow is uplifting and educational. I knew about Esther BUT Not just how Esther influenced so many lives. I have enjoyed several of Donna's books and her and her in person Bible Studies. Thank you, Donna, for sharing your insights of the Word. I wish there were more stars to rate your work.

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Tricia
6/5/2021
Did not want it to end...

I have been looking for a Bible Study for awhile and am not a frequent book purchaser (I love libraries). However, I had listened to a few of Donna's audio Bible Studies I found on the LWML website and listened to those while walking. The time would fly by. Then I came across Chosen on CPH and did not hesitate to purchase Donna's book. As mentioned in the some of the other reviews, Donna's writing style and attention to detail brought me right into the book as if I was watching the events unfold before my eyes. Chosen stayed with me throughout the day as I thought about the daily study questions. I have already shared this book and when its returned to me, will read Chosen again. I will be purchasing more of Donna's books. Thank you Donna, for such a time as this. God's Blessings

Alison
6/4/2021
Esther Bible Study is Phenomenal

This study was exactly what I needed at this time in my life. I absolutely adored the historical content of this study. It made the study for me so much more meaningful. She brought to the study different points of view of how Esther may of felt and how she reacted to different circumstances. I point that stuck with me was how Esther probably felt when she married the King. Most people think she probably was overjoyed with the fact that she was marrying the king but Donna suggested differently and I loved her point of view. I highly recommend this book and couldn't wait til the next day so I could read the study.Thank you Donna for your in depth study, I have been enriched by your study.

Christopher
4/26/2021
Great Study of Esther!

Normally I wouldn't have thought to read Chosen since it's a women's Bible study and I'm a guy! But I know Donna and wanted to see how she wrote. I was not disappointed. What a fantastic book! From talking to Donna, I knew how much she enjoyed researching. The book is very well researched - scholarly, really. But at the same time, it's incredibly accessible. As you read, you feel like Donna is talking to you personally. She shares a lot of great stories from her own life - she's transparent in a way that is relatable and most importantly relates to the text. I learned a ton about the book of Esther, especially about the second half of the book, which I didn't know as well. The format is great. You're reading a book with questions interspersed - some asking you to look closely at the text, others inviting you to apply the themes of the text to your own life. Definitely five stars!

Amy
3/2/2021
So. Good.

Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible - so I was excited to see that Donna wrote a study on it...and her study did NOT disappoint! Donna does a wonderful job with historical references (She has done her research!), you are engaged through her writing learning about Esther’s story and you will be blessed.

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Janice
3/2/2021
Well worth your time

Donna's studies never disappoint me. She brings her trademark charm, humor, applications and insights throughout this study. At times I felt as though I was sitting around a table with Donna. She draws on her experience traveling in the Holy Land and her extensive research in preparation for this book. Be ready to "search the Scriptures," because Donna takes us all over the Bible with personal, practical applications for our daily walk with Jesus. I was richly blessed; you will be also!

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Leslie
3/2/2021
Wonderful and encouraging

I was very intrigued when I saw Donna Snow's newest Bible study was going to be on the book of Esther. I have long enjoyed her previous studies, and this book has long provided encouragement for me. Chosen: A Study of Esther, did not disappoint. From the very beginning where those days in Persia unfold through timeline, culture, and customs, Esther's life becomes relatable. Esther was a woman chosen by God to protect and save His people (and her people)from genocide, endangering her own life in the process. This Bible study is a reminder that the most unlikely people are chosen by God for His plan. There are no accidents, and all that is needed is to trust and depend on Him, knowing that we are all chosen for such a time as this.

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christine
3/2/2021
Take Me Home

Celebrate God's redemption of YOU! Donna Snow's Bible Study "Chosen," a well-researched and riveting study invites you to follow Esther's compelling journey. Drama, deception, and intrigue attempt to plait a death grip on God's chosen people. This powerful study will open you to receiving God's love in the midst of your own daily struggles and hardships. Along the way, you will be absorbed as you learn about ancient Biblical life versus 21st century issues. Donna affirms "God's Appointed Time" will deliver us all from evil and will bring us to our Soveriegn Lord. I love how Donna brings us home to God as His precious, coventantal, CHOSEN people. Thank you Donna!

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Kay
3/2/2021
Amazing Study

"Chosen" is an amazing Bible study on the Book of Esther. You will be blessed by the practical application and the detailed historical content of the study. Donna’s unique style shares with us that God is in control – past, present, future!

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