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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  128 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Ester Ried's days were an endless monotony of making beds, baking pies, ironing, and racing against the clock to get tea on the table for the boarders. Every evening she fell into bed, too weary even for prayers. As she nursed her suffering soul, she snapped at her sisters and brother, just adding to the suffering. Then a letter arrived from a well-to-do cousin in New York ...more
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Published December 2nd 2004 by Thorndike Press (first published 1870)
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Lisa Rathbun
This old-fashioned and simple story focuses on Ester, a Christian girl who was so irritable around the house in her daily life that her younger, unsaved sister didn't see her own need for Christ because she never saw that Christian belief had changed her older sister for the better. Yikes! That was convicting! Ester thought she was "good," but she wasn't letting Christ control her attitude in the trivial day-to-day events of her life. I desire my family to see Christ in me, not just hear me talk ...more
I've just recently been introduced to Isabella Alden's books. I read "Ester Ried” for the first time this year and really enjoyed it as I am encouraged anew to fulfill each task as for Christ. Ester is not a pious, angelic girl who is nearly perfect. She is just a normal girl with everyday experiences which I’m sure most of us can relate to, though the book was written in the 1800’s. I highly recommend this author for helping us to put our Christian faith to "work."
Ester’s story reminds us all how important our Christian witness is and not to waste any of our time here on earth. But it is also a story of “2nd chances” and of redeeming what the Lord has given us. This one really inspired me in my walk with Christ and how every word and every action do count in my witness for Christ.
Oh my! I could really relate to Ester, sorry to say and glad to say! To my dear favorite author, Grace Livingston Hill (1865-1947) - your Auntie Belle, your mentor, your encourager, the author of this book, Isabella Macdonald Alden (1841-1930) was amazing! No wonder you looked up to her! A must read... to the end!
This is a great story, written around the turn of the century about a young girl, burdened with cares of this world and pretending to be something she is not. She is consequentially miserable and begins to see that without Christ, her life is vain. A sweet story, simply told, the message invaluable.
Abigail Rasmussen
I read this book when I was 15 years old. Wonderful book. It's one of my absolute favorites.

I not listened to this book, however it was read for LibriVox by TriciaG: Tricia is a good reader.
Most beautiful, convicting, sweet book that I have ever read. Seriously my new favorite book. Okay, okay, so it's kinda sad, but it's just sooo good.
This is a great book showing where one is and how Christ can change a life.
Rebecca Rash
This is fiction that counts! Recommended to every Christian girl.
Melissa Moore
One of my absolute favorite "old" books! So convicting, so powerful.
Apr 13, 2011 Nasia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
great book. :) inspiring!
Mar 06, 2012 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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In her lifetime, Isabella MacDonald Alden was usually published under the pseudonym Pansy, and occasionally under the name Mrs. G.R. Alden.
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