Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman [With 6 DVDs and Leader Guide, Member Book]

By Beth Moore

7,741 ratings - 4.58* vote

Join Beth in an in-depth and very personal examination of this great story of threat and deliverance. She peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story of Esther is to our lives. If you've ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the study for you. Just as it was tough being a Join Beth in an in-depth and very personal examination of this great story of threat and deliverance. She peels back

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Book details

Paperback, 0 pages
November 1st 2008 by Lifeway Christian Resources
Original Title
Esther Leader's Kit: It's Tough Being a Woman
ISBN
1415852898 (ISBN13: 9781415852897)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Lisa Wuertz

I know a lot of Christian women really love Beth Moore and her studies. This was my first exposure to one of her studies. I was trying to keep an open mind about the whole experience, but at the same time also trying to figure out what all the hype was about.



My first impression of this study after doing week one with our small group was that Beth Moore seems to have discovered a formula that she feels works and written yet another study. The way it reads and the workbook itself feels very formulaic and reminds me of language arts workbooks that I had to do for homework as an elementary school student.



There were some historical and cultural insights offered that I did find interesting. For example the part about the time line of this story in relation to the Jewish calendar year.



Overall though I found most of what she had to say to be simplistic and repetative.



I found it especially annoying when she would ask the reader to answer a comprehension type question and then provide the answer in the paragraph below the space for filling out the answer (perfect example of this on p. 40).



I also did not find the places where she had the reader do copy work to be beneficial. Copy work is fine for an elementary school student practicing handwriting, not in a study aimed at adult women.



I further felt that the tone and the target audience were definitely aimed at a woman much different from me. As such, I had a hard time connecting to her.



Speaking of target audiences, this brings me to another point about target marketing and how the line between marketing and doing ministry have been increasingly blurred. I did not appreciate the inclusion of musical lyrics by Christian artist Steve Curtis Chapman followed by a plug to buy his CD on page 103. Another thing I picked up on was her attempt to include current lingo and phrases in her writing. For example when she says, "true that," a few times. First of all, I believe the correct slang lingo phrase is "tru dat," and second of all I highly doubt Beth Moore in real life says such things. It was probably thrown in there by some editor or even by herself to try and reach some group of people they felt fell into the target. But all it does is wind up making her sound incredibly cheesy like she is trying much too hard to be cool. Like when Christian musical artists try to make music that sounds almost just like a secular song, but not quite and then you just have a ridiculously obvious rip-off that sounds like some Christian record marketing executive had too much of his hands into the production.



Christians need to be real. They need to be who they are if they are going to be effective. Not try to be copy cats of the secular world.



I will now admit to you that I did not finish this study. Week six did me in. I just couldn't take anymore. The final straw? Beth Moore's suggestion that we are making better disciples thanks to technology. I know she loved her friend the dear handicapped videographer, but to say that, "Without exaggeration, God used one individual to alter the entire landscape of Christian discipleship as we know it," is stretching it, a lot. If anything I would say that technology and the evangelical church in general are doing a far worse job of making disciples than the apostles did. Watching a video Bible study, or going through a Beth Moore workbook does not make disciples. I acutally think it is bordering on blasphemy to make such a claim. God working through Christians in relationship with others makes disciples. It takes mentorship and a lot more than a powerfully delivered sermon or Bible study.

Joy

Another excellent video series. My favorite part of Beth Moore Bible studies is doing the homework she writes. She does good research and has insights that are always new and applicable. I think the outstanding thing about this study was not so much how Esther 'came into the kingdom for such a time as this.' Or even Esther's willingness to die to save the Jews, "If I perish, I perish." In this study the God who is not mentioned in the Bible book is the real hero. God's timing is perfect. The whole situation turns on the king's sleepless night when he reads the chronicles. I'm amazed at Esther's sensitivity to God in not making her request at the first banquet. She waited on God's timing. Lots of good information!

Other insights:
* The more detached and self-absorbed we become, the more we mistake annoyances for agonies.
* We're not called to any easy life, but to a purposeful life.
* We have no greater burden than our own egos.
* We form mental strongholds toward those who won't give us what we want or need.
* Few things make us feel more out of control than being large on emotion and low on information.
* Sometimes people advise us to do instantly what can only be accomplished gradually.
* God's grace is given to us for our need, not our vain imaginations.
* Esther shows that ordinary events are never coincidental in the lives of God's people.
* God can turn it all around.
* We are not responsible for the HOW.

Renee

I first did this study with a church group 4 years ago. I was distracted, and didn't keep up with the assignments.
When I revisited the study a few months ago, my goal was to learn to behave like a princess, so that I could be a wife. I was going to take a dating fast, and devote myself to physical and spiritual beauty treatments; expecting a phone call from Mr. Right the moment I closed the book for the last time.
By Week 5, I realized with horror that I was no Esther! In fact, if it was not for the grace of God, my pride may have plotted all sorts of evil just like Haman. This study challenged me to stare my pride in the face and say, "Die already!" Just like Haman, I thought I deserved so many things, things that I haven't received, if for no other reason, because it would be my god instead of The One True God.
I've read many reviews criticizing the fluffiness if this study. First, as a sanguine, Beth Moore is animated in her 100% girlish writing style. This should come a no surprise to anyone who does her studies. Second, the study is on Esther; she is a QUEEN. Let Beth have fun imagining castle life! Ironically, There were many days that I ended a study in tears of conviction for how poorly I represent the royal priesthood of God. This study cuts to the heart of our sin issues. Then Beth lovingly reminds us that God LOVES us and what's to redeem us. That isn't fluff, it's love.

Alicia Simon

This is a bible study for every Christian woman. The book of Esther is the only book in the Bible that never has God or Jesus written in it. But that is for a reason. Have you ever felt like you are all alone and hopeless? Just like Esther she felt she had to much on her plate and was completely helpless. But even thought we cant see or touch God that doesn't mean He isn't there. Through all the little details in out lives God works through us and helps us out each step of the way. Beth Moore helps us dig deep into out lives and find what God is trying to say to us through those little detail. This study opened my eyes and helped me realize i am never alone and without the guidance of a great and powerful God!

Sara

I finished the book on the very day Jews around the world celebrate Purim. I loved so much about this study. It really helped bring the story to life for me so I could see myself in it. I never thought, "If I perish, I perish" would become one of my favorite parts of Scripture, but now I can look fear in the eyes and put on the courage Christ offers. Thank you, Beth, for journeying with ME!

Gale Wilkinson

I enjoy Beth Moore’s books and studies.

Sarah Maxwell

Wow, where do I begin with this review? I absolutely loved this study. It had moments where I wasn't sure how any of my life could ever take on "Esther-like challenges", but then I really began to understand Beth's approach. Of course I can! Esther's purpose in the bible is still quite a mystery. The only book that never mentions God a single time. The only book of the bible where it's protagonist isn't mention at the beginning or the end, but carries the title of the book. Simply incredible.

Beth's goal of using Esther's story of blind faith and trust is strong throughout, but really requires the studier's focus on their own quest for providential enlightenment. I was moved, I am changed, I am forever in love with Esther's story. A true woman of faith, a truly incredible drama.

Bravo as always, Beth! Bravo!

Cindi

I know this version says "leader's kit," but I couldn't find a "Bible study student" version. I am currently attending a Bible study that is using this series for the book of Esther. We meet once per week to discuss our reading and watch the weekly session recorded by Beth Moore (about an hour per session). We also have a workbook that we use to guide our readings at home. Beth Moore has an incredible knack for bringing Scripture to life and making it relevant to our everyday lives. I love watching her sessions because she always brings to light something I haven't thought about before (and because she's funny and makes me laugh). I highly recommend this Bible study, and I look forward to exploring her other studies.

Alana

Despite its very girlie theme, Beth Moore's study of Esther is very insightful and, as always, chock full of information and study not only of the culture surrounding Esther at the time, including the history and culture of the Persians and surrounding world, but also the various routes the Jewish people had taken by that time and what it was like to live in a world that virtually denied God. The focus of the story is watching how God works when He seems completely absent...as in a book where His never is never once mentioned. Some very good insights into some of the darker times of life when the outcome seems anything but certain.
3.5/5

Heather

This was the first Beth Moore bible study I have done. I really enjoyed it. IT was amazing to me that the book of Ester is so short but Beth Moore could do an 11 week study on it!!! It was very powerful as a woman and helped me to realize it IS tough being a woman. I will DEFINITELY do another Beth Moore study.

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