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So there’s misogyny right there on the first page. Any woman who doesn’t want to wear (ridiculous!) silk dresses and wear high heels is not welcome in the club. If you're looking for insight or even a really good telling of the story of Esther, look elsewhere.
The author tells us “equality” is being valued for your unique contribution, and has let us know that our “Contribution” is to wear silk dresses and high heels. Well, I’m glad she’s got her priorities straight!
Also according to her, we only exist to champion other's dreams and visions. We are not allowed to have our own for some reason (so why is she allowed to write these books and not just edit a man’s book, if her place is not to have dreams of her own?)
Apparently her own rules don’t apply to her.
She appears to have some serious cognitive dissonance in which she proclaims that women are “Pressured to put on fatigues” but then in the next paragraph asks us if we’re ready to “submit to the process of being trained and commission to fullfill our purpose (of wearing silk dresses and high heels, I guess?).
Well, which is it? Am I being “Pressured” to wear fatigues? Or are you going to pressure me into wearing high heels? Because she seems to think women are being forced to “act like men” while also acknowledging that women aren’t going to want to wear high heels. Which is it, ma'am? Because it can't be both. I'm either embracing the fatigues and rejecting your high heels or I'm being forced to wear them. Make up your mind.
This author doesn’t appear to even understand her own message. We’re only supposed to champion other’s dreams, but she goes on to praise women who pursue their own dreams. Which is it?
I don’t even understand why her male mentor (because she tells us we have to have one) let her write this book. I guess if you start off with “women must wear high heels” men will let you get away with a lot.
She tells us, specifically, not to be swayed by the opinions of men, then in the next paragraph tells us to seek out male mentors. Facepalm.
She also reminds us that the tragedy of Esther and the other women of the Bible being kidnapped by the Persian king and forced to join his harem is that maybe those girls's PARENTS had plans for them!
Ugh! Really? Like we’re not allowed to be upset for those women, who might not have wanted to be kidnapped and raped, just unhappy that their parent’s had plans for them. She tries to pull at the heart strings with a modern day comparison to sex trafficking, but it’s too late. She already let us know that the real tragedy is that the women’s parent’s plans were dashed.
You can kind of see where this author’s priorities lie. First she’s worried about the poor parents, and only then she worries about the rape. And what's her advice for ending human trafficking? Prayer. That's it.
There’s too much talk of wardrobe, makeovers, and a stern reminder that fasting isn’t to lose weight! Are you kidding me? I get that some of these are metaphors, but they’re coming from a very basic understanding of womanhood (that all women are concerned with appearances, perfumes, and their figures) and makes no room for any other type of woman.
Overall the book is a chaotic message of not caring what men think while always, always, always reminding us to care what men think. And then it wraps itself in a caricature of womanhood that includes high heels and doing nothing but praying for things to change in the world.
It emphasizes prayer too much. Which I know is obviously in the title, but prayer is never anchored with actual works. Just pray for the end of human trafficking, says the author. That’ll be enough. Surely.
Even the author’s stages of processing God’s call, the final stage is Realization. That’s it. Simply “Realize” the truth about yourself. Don’t actually do anything. Don’t actually become anything. Just “realize” that you’re faithful.
The problem is, there’s no meat here. There’s no substance. It’s all high heels, perfumes, and prayers that read like New Age self-affirmations and calls to the gods and goddesses (just replace them with God and Jesus) found in 90s self help books, and that’s it. I’m glad I waited to buy the other books in the series because I’ve taken them out of my cart. This was just nonsense wrapped up in a silk dress.
I love the history of Esther, lots of supporting biblical references, role of women in the church and our community is explored, and the book inspires moments of self reflection.