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272 pages
Jul 2003
Rodale Books

What Queen Esther Knew : Business Stategies from a Biblical Sage

by Connie Glaser & Barbara Smalley

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In What Queen Esther Knew, authors Connie Glaser and Barbara Smalley use the biblical story of Esther to demonstrate business principals for women. While the title is captivating and the story, fascinating, Glaser and Smalley manage to remove the God of the Bible from this story. The most common refrain in reference to Queen Esther was using “her advantage” of beauty and position to save her people.

While the authors present business principals, which may be sound from a secular standpoint, Chapter 3, “It Pays to Know the Palace Gossip,” clearly alienates readers of faith. The Royal Wisdom offered to readers throughout the book, is little more than what any columnist for any secular newspaper would advise. Nothing in this book draws the reader to faith and devotion in the God of Queen Esther. In fact, until page 184, citing a survivor of 9-11, God is excluded altogether. Then, on page 185, the authors reduce God to having “faith in some meaning, purpose, or power larger than themselves. And, just like Esther, they survive–and often even manage to thrive—by tapping into this inner strength.”

Perhaps the best way to convey the substance, or lack thereof, of this book is to let the authors tell you for themselves. After citing Oswald Chambers and Chuck Swindoll, they conclude: “Esther’s power and leadership were not divinely imposed, they were earned as ‘the result of a difficult process of inner development and self-realization.’ Finally, the story of Esther is not about miracles, but about a courageous woman who use her intellectual and spiritual resources to overcome adversity and ultimately to triumph.”

This book parades itself as lauding the same principals as Queen Esther. It glossed over any mention of the true God of the Bible and attributed all the wonders of those days to Esther alone. Laden with new-agey self-realization and a chapter on faith that ultimately points to positive thinking, this book is not Christian in any sense of the word. The use of Hebrew phrases and vignettes seems more a marketing tool than any genuine understanding of the truths those festivals and stories proclaim. I do not recommend this book for anyone. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

The ancient story of Queen Esther, the impoverished orphan girl who rose to become the Queen of Persia, has inspired and captivated millions over the years. Connie Glaser and Barbara Smalley recognized something remarkable in this biblical tale, it contained a recipe for contemporary women in the business world to achieve their every dream of success, recognition, and financial abundance.

Smalley and Glaser take you through the life of Queen Esther using her experiences and triumphs as allegories for women's success in business. Their combined knowledge of the business world, opens up a world of possibilities with headings such as:

  • Ascending to Power: Making a Positive First Impression
  • Find a Mentor to Open Your Eyes and Doors
  • It Pays to Know the Palace Gossip
  • Take Calculated Risks
  • Mapping Out Your Plan of Attack
  • Free Yourself from Approval Addiction