We are living in an age of superheroes. They are everywhere! At the movies, in comic books, on television, the toy aisle, on snacks in the grocery store, diapers, clothes. . . . I could go on. The creators of Bible Belles want girls to know that superheroes can be found in an unlikely place – the Bible.
Bible Belles came to be out of the concern of an aunt waiting to get something special and unique for her niece. So, a book about the biblical Hannah was written and assembled for the niece Hannah. This creative gift is giving birth to a series of books, the second of which is Esther: The Belle of Patience. Other heroes in the series include Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah.
Rooney Cruz is upset that her teammate Amanda hogs the soccer ball during games and does not give others a chance to play. Rooney wants to say something, but she is too afraid to speak up. Her angel pal Mari, something like TinkerBell, appears and takes Rooney on a journey through the Book of Esther.
It is an accurate retelling of one of the most powerful narratives in the Bible. Mari uses this story to help Rooney realize that she can speak up and share her thoughts with her coach. Too often there is a cloud of silence over our young people, especially our girls. “Good girls” are expected to be quiet and “mind their own business.” This was certainly the case in the ancient world, which is why what Esther did was so daring. Never mind how daunting the task would seem to a little girl on a soccer team.
When I think of Esther, the first things I think of are bold and brave. It took bravely and boldness for Esther to stand up for her people. Patience, however, is not one of the first things I think of. But, it took a lot of patience. Patience is the sibling to boldness. To be bold is to be timely. Esther was not bold in her standing up without first being patient. This is what this little children’s book taught this big kid.
You can learn more about this book and others in the series at http://biblebelles.com.