Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally, her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?

My Thoughts:

I have never visited the desert, or ridden a camel. However, through the pages of this book, I feel like I have. This story is unlike any you’ve read before. From the hidden dangers of scorpions, the powerful sandstorms, and a culture that I’ve only glimpsed of on TV and pictures. Sarah bring the flat, fuzzy images into a focus so vivid and real, that you will feel you that you have stepped into the pages of her book. Come along for an adventure, and learn about a culture many know little about. It won’t take long to find yourself fully immersed in this amazing story. You may even feel like you need to brush the sand off after you finish reading.

Hannah and her parents are missionaries to the Bedouin people. In a region where sharing your faith is illegal. Hannah has always had a heart for the people, and for teaching. After spending several years back in the United States getting her teaching degree she returns to open a school in the clan that she grew up with and the people she considers her community. She has a strong desire to teach the children how to read and write and to shine the light of Jesus. She didn’t expect to find that hostilities have grown since she left and that some in the clan even resent her and her families presence.

Karim Al-Amir is the sheikh, the leader of his people. He carries the heavy burden of leadership and wants to mend the rift that has come between his clan and his missionary friends. As children, Karim & Hannah raced camels and played together. Then she was sent to the United States to finish her schooling and returns amid the clan facing a disturbing problem with the health of their sheep, and the rising tensions against the Missionary family.

I give this fabulous story 5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading stories about other cultures and also those who enjoy missionary stories. Your mind will be stretched and your understanding of the Muslim culture broadened. This book reminds us that we are all called to share the gospel and that even when our very lives are at risk, we must not stop talking about God and allowing his light to shine through our lives.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)


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About the Author:

SarahSarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book,Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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 The Esther Paradigm

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

 Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)



7 thoughts on “The Esther Paradigm by: Sarah Monzon

  1. It’s on my list to read. After reading all of the wonderful reviews, I bought an e-copy and am looking forward to reading it.

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