The Esther Paradigm by: Sarah Monzon

Synopsis:

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.)

Bonus:

Don’t miss the behind the scenes details shared in the Cover Reveal post (click here)!

Favorite Quote:
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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)

 

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First Line Fridays – The Esther Paradigm

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today, I am super excited to share with you the first line from Sarah Monzon’s latest book, “The Esther Paradigm” which is newly released this week. You may remember the cover reveal post, which includes some behind the scenes details.

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“This was not how I’d thought I would die.”

 

Wow! Talk about an attention grabber. To find out what happens next, you will have to buy the book!

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

 

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Recap – August 2017

August sure has been fun! I reviewed 10 books, and interviewed 2 authors. We also had a special bonus; A Cover Reveal for Sarah Monzon’s new book “The Esther Paradigm” (which is available for pre-order on amazon).

Join me for a fun look back at August 2017 as we have a quick recap of the books reviewed, and the author interviews that took place in August.

Clicking on any of the titles will take you to that post.

Books Reviewed:

ToWagerHerHeart  To Wager Her Heart 

VowUnbroken  Vow Unbroken

ThePromiseOfBreezeHill  The Promise of Breeze Hill

Freedom's Ring   Freedom’s Ring

MHBISV  My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley

32867786  Embracing Hope

Many Sparrows  Many Sparrows

12DaysAtBleaklyManor 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

TheLastSummer The Last Summer

ChristmasAtCarnton  Christmas at Carnton

Author’s Interviewed:

CarylMcAdoo  Caryl McAdoo

LoriBenton2  Lori Benton

Cover Reveal & Author Interview

TheEstherParadigm The Esther Paradigm

 

Let’s Connect:

Which of the books reviewed in August are you looking forward to reading?
Maybe you have read one of the books featured in August, which one?

Cover Reveal & Interview with Sarah Monzon – The Esther Paradigm

Welcome, I am super excited to be teaming up with Sarah Monzon for the cover reveal of her latest book The Esther Paradigm. While this new book is a stand-alone, those who have read Sarah’s other books may notice a commonality with her debut book The Isaac Project. I’m happy to have Sarah with us today to share some inside details about The Ester Paradigm. But first, let’s take a look at this eye-catching cover!

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Hi Sarah, I’m getting excited about your new book, “The Esther Paradigm”. This cover is gorgeous. The lovely bride and the window frame around her. It sure captures my eyes and makes me want to know what her story is about.

Trisha:  Please tell us about “The Esther Paradigm”, what is the story about?

Sarah:  So you don’t get my canned “It’s a book about people who do stuff and fall in love” answer, I’ll just give you the blurb.

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?

-casablanca-morocco-front-doorsTrisha:  What was your inspiration for this lovely cover?

Sarah:  Hmm…I’m not sure I had an inspiration, per se. In fact, I created three or four different mock-ups that didn’t fit for one reason or another. I only had one thing I knew I wanted, and that was a bride on the cover. This book is a stand alone, but it does have the same feel as my debut, The Isaac Project. Because they are both inspired by biblical stories, I wanted to loosely brand them together and did that through the titles and the bride. Besides that, I wanted something that would hint at the setting and the flavor of the book. Something that would immediately grab the reader and make them go, “Ooooh! I want to read that!”

 

Trisha:  This book obviously isn’t set in the US. Where exactly is the setting?the-window-bible-studies

Sarah:  Good question! And one I’m not answering. Haha. Actually, it’s never specified in the book. A bit of a mystery. The only thing I can say is that it is set in the 10/40 window–the region 10 degrees south and 40 degrees north of the equator where the majority of those un-reached by the Gospel live. This includes North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In a lot of these areas proselytizing and Christianity is illegal.

 

 

--princesses-wisdomTrisha:  What do you hope readers will learn when reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah:  I hope readers will come to it with an open heart. More than any of my books, this one wrote me more than I wrote it. There is a lot of diversity in the book. A lot of sensitive material not commonly found in a lot of Christian fiction currently on the market. I hope readers’ worldwide perspective will expand after reading the book. And, lastly, I hope readers turn the last page with a sense of enjoyment and contentment.

 

Trisha:  Thank you for sharing with us a little inside information today. One last question before you go: When can we look forward to reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah: You can pre-order it today for only .99 cents and it will automatically be downloaded to your kindle on November 2. =)

There wasn’t a question for this, but I wanted everyone to know that Trisha’s awesome hubby helped me out a bit with this cover. Thank you, Trisha’s hubby!!

 

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.

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon

 The Esther Paradigm (pre-order today for .99c)

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

  All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

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