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For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

For Such a Time
I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. While I love their blogger review program, I have been finding it difficult to post my review within a month of receiving the book, since our one-year-old twins demand so much of my attention. I knew I needed to start reading this book when I received another book to review about a week after receiving For Such a Time. One night, after putting all four kids to bed, I told myself I would try to read a chapter or two each night, even though all I wanted to do was fall into bed and sleep. Five hours later, I forced myself to close the book and go to sleep! My husband was out of town at the time, and I ended up reading well past midnight three out of four nights because there was never a lull in the action. (I wouldn’t even let myself pick up the book on the third night because I knew I needed some rest!)

For Such a Time is a retelling of the Biblical book of Esther set against the backdrop of the Holocaust. The main characters in the novel are remarkably similar to the actual characters in the book of Esther. Each chapter begins with a verse from the book of Esther, and the events that unfold in that chapter directly correlate to that verse. Even though you think you know how the story will end, For Such a Time is so suspenseful that it will keep you spellbound until the final chapter. The author has thoroughly researched the Holocaust, the time period, the languages, customs, etc. I was fascinated by this portrayal of life in a concentration camp, and I have continued to read all that I can find on Theresiendstadt, the Holocaust, and World War II. It has been awhile since a book has so intrigued me that I have willingly researched the subject matter myself. Kate Breslin has crafted realistic characters thrust into a horrific setting that was real.

I highly recommend For Such a Time, and I would like to know if you have as much trouble as I did in not trying to finish the book in one sitting!

The Jesus Story by Dr. William H. Marty

This short biblical study book summarizes the New Testament and writes it in plain English, so it is easier to read and understand. I ordered this book because I thought it would be great to read aloud as a family, and it does work well for our eight year old but is still a little too wordy and mature for our five year old. I’ll hold on to this book to use in the future for family devotions.

I enjoy reading the Bible in chronological order, and this narrative of the New Testament provides an easy-to-read, chronological version. The book is divided into just seven chapters, and each chapter ends with a summary of the events from that portion of Jesus’ life and legacy. The epilogue summarizes the book of Revelation in two and a half pages, so this isn’t a complete retelling of the New Testament, but it does cover the life of Jesus, which is the author’s purpose in writing The Jesus Story.

This book offers a fresh look at the story of Jesus, His ministry, and the early church. I would recommend reading it if you have already read through the New Testament to gain a new perspective.