When it comes to heroes in the Bible, what names come to mind? We came up with our own list which included Moses, David, Daniel, Mary and a few others. Only one woman made our list! I would love my children to learn more about the heroic women of the Bible too. I want them to understand that the women in our faith made great contributions and sacrifice too.
“Esther: The Belle of Patience” is Book Two of the Bible Belle series. With the help of her angel Mari, Rooney Cruz learns about the “Power of Patience” and how it can help her to wait and trust in God. As Rooney watches Esther struggle to save her people, Rooney draws a parallel between her situation and Esther’s and learns how to handle her own conflict on the soccer field.
“Esther: The Belle of Patience” teaches our little ones how the Bible is still relevant to today’s problems. When my children read stories in the Bible, they know it happened “way back then” and often find it hard to relate it to their own lives. The author, Erin Weidemann, has skillfully related Esther’s problem about approaching the King to save her people, to Rooney’s need to speak to the coach on the soccer field.
The story focuses on Psalm 130: 5 – “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” We live in an “instant” world. The story of Esther teaches us that God has his own perfect timeline and that we need to trust that he will show us the perfect time to do things. Rooney wants to solve her problem “now”, but she hasn’t taken the time to talk to God about her problem. She wants to resolve it in her own way and her own time. When her angel Mari, shares with her the adventure of Esther, Rooney learns that prayer and patience will go a long way to resolving our problems.
There will be times in our children’s lives where they will need to learn when it’s important to speak up right away, and other times when it’s important to wait. “Esther: The Belle of Patience” teaches us that God will show us the difference and guide us when we ask him.
“Esther: The Belle of Patience” shows girls that they are so much more to being beautiful than just a pretty face. It shows my daughter that she can be beautiful AND smart, strong, courageous and so many other things. It’s not an either / or situation. It shows girls that being beautiful is about the whole person…inside and out!
The illustrations in the story are wonderful. They are bright and colourful. Showing images of girls playing sports and playing outdoors. The text is easily read by children. There isn’t an abundance of text on each page. Some of the Biblical names are difficult to pronounce, like Mordecai and Haman, which can be intimidating to young readers. I love how they have chosen to use different colours to highlight parts of the story.
If you take some time to browse the website you will find some wonderful resources to go along with this series. There are prayer cards, colouring sheets and other resources to extend the learning. What a great way to continue learning about our faith.
We are looking forward to reading more books in the Bible Belles Series. For more information please visit:
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