Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Musings - Best Book I've Read This Year

The best book I've read so far this year has all the elements of a great story:
a hero
a heroine
a villain
a plot to overthrow the government
women's lib controversy
a nationwide beauty pageant
lots of eating, drinking & celebrating
a beautiful palace setting
irony
humor
intrigue
revenge
suspense

If all that sounds interesting to you, run (don't walk) to the nearest Bible and turn to the book of Esther. Yes, that's right, the book of Esther in The Holy Bible. It's a short book, only 10 chapters, in the Old Testament. Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not mention the name of God, yet His hand is at work throughout, guiding the plot to a miraculous ending. I've read this book in the New King James Version, the New International Version, and the New American Standard Bible, and it never fails to draw me into the storyline. (Of course, these are only a few of the versions available!)

I spent most of this past week re-studying the book of Esther in preparation for an upcoming Ladies' Meeting at our church where I will be the guest speaker. My topic is A Time for Fasting and Prayer or What to do During the White Spaces in Your Life. It's amazing that even though I've read Esther many times, completed a few Bible Studies on it, and even given presentations about it, I find new insights each time I commit to studying through the book again.

So, what are you waiting for? If you've never read the book of Esther or can't remember why it's such a wonderful story, grab your Bible and enjoy a great read!

(BTW - if you are local and interested in attending the Ladies' Meeting where I'll be speaking on Friday, January 28, please email me for details.)

4 comments:

humel said...

So true! I love that summary of the book of Esther, by the way - must make a note of it :-)

Ellyn said...

Esther is one of my favorite Bible Stories! I know your talk will be wonderful.

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

I've often thought Esther should be made into a movie, but not by Hollywood, they always mess up Bible stories. Have a great Ladies Meeting!

Stephanie Joanna said...

oh, I so wish we lived closer! I'd definitely be at your Ladies Meeting. I love the story of Esther. Have you seen One Night With The King? I highly recommend it, it's one of my favorites. :)