Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble, by Eugene H. Peterson is a Bible study, devotional, and a coloring book. It is designed for a group or single study. The writing style and questions, however, tend to be designed for women.
There are four sessions total that covers the entire book and story of Esther that is found in the Old Testament of the Bible. Sessions can be done weekly, bi-weekly, or however long or short of time one prefers to delve into this particular study.
Scripture references are given so you’ll need to have your Bible on hand to look those up. What happens is reflected in the book by the author and following are questions to answer, an application, and prayer to pray. Among each session are many different illustrations to color that fit into Esther’s time and story.
To get the most out of this study, you’ll need to have a Bible, pen/pencil, and preferred coloring medium for each session. The pages for coloring are thick but I would not recommend using a sharpie or something that likely would bleed through. I feel gel pens or colored pencils would be best for the to be colored illustrations.
This study breaks down the story of Esther very well. IF you’ve never heard the story before or even if you have, the history and story in a simple format likely will help you to see how her story applies to us even today. Perhaps like me, you’ll learn something or take to heart a bit of information you missed before.
Group leaders will appreciate the pages in the back that explain how to use this book and breaks down every section well. Even though you can use this book for a single use, I feel it would best be suited to a group whether it’s between friends, a church community group, or ladies sharing in a study in person or online. I enjoyed this book overall and am looking forward to checking out the others in this series.
I was given this book by Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.