Esther: God’s invisible hand Helen Clarke

R. Catchpole, London

Category: Book Review

Precious Seed

Paperback, 128pp. Published by Day One Publications, Ryelands Road, Leominster, HR6 8NZ, UK. Price £5.00   ISBN 978-1-84625-204-4.

The biographical details of the author indicate she became a Christian at the age of sixteen, followed a career in nursing for fifteen years and, in her spare time, has been involved in youth work. She is married and lives in South Africa. Esther is the latest in a series of four books, all written by Helen Clarke, and promoted under the general title of ‘Pocket Bible people’. The other three are Ruth and two on Simon Peter. The four books are aimed at a younger readership of about secondary school age.  

In this volume the author closely follows the narrative of the book of Esther giving background historical details as well as explaining a number of Biblical terms that those not familiar with the scriptures might not readily understand. The thirteen chapters are short and easy to read. Most chapters are broken up with a ‘Message for today’ paragraph in which the teaching of Esther is applied to contemporary issues facing young people today. Matters considered in this way include ‘Alcohol’, ‘Sex’, ‘Spreading gossip’, and ‘Boasting’, to name but a few. Each chapter concludes with a ‘Think tank’ which seeks to practically apply the lessons learnt. All Bible quotations are from the New International Version. It is written in a lively style, calculated to appeal to young people. One of my daughters read the book, enjoyed it, and expressed an interest in reading others of the series. 

[Our thanks to Richard Catchpole, South Norwood, England, for this review]


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ISSUE (2011, Volume 66 Issue 4)

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The Autonomy of the local church

Baptism Jack Hay

Bible Bytes - Radio Stations on the Web

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Editorial - ‘We be brethren’, Gen. 13. 8.

Elders: Role models in the local church

Esther: God’s invisible hand Helen Clarke

Eternal Son of the Living God

Facing the Future - Part 3

The First Epistle of John - Part 1

The Glory of the Lord - Part 2

The Heavenly Physician Rommel Ghossain


Life’s Greatest Quest - to become more like Christ Clark Logan

Philippians: The Joy and Suffering of the Furtherance of the Gospel Part Eight

The Position of Older Believers in the Assembly and our responsibility towards them-Part 2

Question Time - Does the Bible specify a dress code for the meetings?


The Structural Principles of the Bible F. E. Marsh

The King James Version and Principles of Translation - Part 1

‘The Word to The World’ - Emmaus Bible School UK

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The Throne of His father David

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Views from the News

Why I believe there is a future for Israel

A Word for Today: Covenant (Gk. Diatheke)

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The Structural Principles of the Bible F. E. Marsh

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Hints and signs of the coming King (Author: Kurt Strassner)

The Sovereignty of God over the Nations

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A tender plant from the dry ground - Timothy Cross

The Eternal State

The Song of Zechariah - Timothy Cross



Introduction to the Messianic Psalms - Part 1

Introduction to the Messianic Psalms - Part 2

The Holy Spirit and Christ

The Messianic Psalms - Psalm 24

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The Messianic Psalms - Psalm 72

What does the Bible tell us about the future? - Part 7 - ‘The re-emergence of Israel’

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Balaam - Numbers 22. 1-38 - Part 1

Balaam Numbers 22. 36 to 23.12 - Part 2

Balaam - Numbers 22. 36 to 23. 12  - Part 2

Balaam - Numbers 23. 13-26  - Part 4

Balaam - Numbers 23. 13-26 - Part 5

Balaam - Part 6