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Book Review: Esther and the Very Brave Plan (Thornborough/Davison)

Tim Thornborough—founder and Publishing Director of The Good Book Company—and Jennifer Davison—freelance illustrator in Northern Ireland—have added two new books to the Very Best Bible Stories series—Esther and the Very Brave Plan and God’s Very Colorful Creation (which I reviewed here). Esther and the very Brave Plan begins by reminding us how we all make plans. We plan to see friends or to go on vacation. They can be small plans or big plans. But there was a time when horrible men made a horrible plan to get rid of God’s people, but God is also at work to rescue his people.

The book goes through the story of Esther. While the king of Persia wanted a beautiful wife and chose Esther, God was secretly at work with his own plan. You probably know that the story of Esther isn’t exactly a kid-friendly story (given that Haman wants to kill of a whole group of people). Thornborough includes that Haman thought the king “should make a law that they should all be killed.” However, throughout the story we are continually reminded that God was at work, secretly working to make his plan happen. The encouragement is that even when we don’t see God at work, he is! In the end, we are reminded that “God’s plans always come true – even when we can’t see how – and even when things seem to be going wrong.”


This is a nice book that shows and reminds children (and parents) that God is always working and his plan (especially his eternal plan) will come true. For those who love God, all things work together for good (Rom 8:28). God’s plans always happen.


    • Ages: 2–5 years
    • Series: Very Best Bible Stories
    • Author: Tim Thornborough
    • Illustrator: Jennifer Davison
    • Paperback: 24 pages
    • Publisher: ‎ The Good Book Company (August 9, 2021)

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Disclosure: I received this book free from The Good Book Company. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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