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Ester Ried (Ester Ried #1)

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"If something would only happen--if I could have one day, just one day, different from the others!"

Thus mourned Ester Ried, for it seemed to her that her days consisted of nothing but monotony. Every day she made beds, baked endless pies in a hot kitchen, ironed, and raced against the clock to get tea on the table for the boarders. Every evening she fell into bed, too wear

Hardcover, 346 pages
Published 2000 by Mantle Ministries Press (first published 1870)
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Jan 29, 2016 Trace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very light reading... I love this author.... may not be everyone's cup of tea (old-fashioned, conservative Christian writing) but when I'm looking for a light, comfort read - this is one of the authors I turn to.
Lisa Rathbun
Aug 11, 2011 Lisa Rathbun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Jul 11, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Apr 14, 2016 Victoria Minks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was SO good! It was incredibly convicting and yet also encouraging. I pretty much never cry with books (unless I'm laughing too hard) but the tears just kept coming with this one. It's one of those books that I'm going to tell my friends "You HAVE to read this! It was SO good. I was crying for a full ten minutes after I finished it!" ;)
Apr 23, 2008 Jaclynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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.
Aug 11, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this author. Great story, though slow in spots. Isabella Alden throws in a surprise in the story which catches you off guard. Must read this one before any others in the Ester Reid series or it will spoil the others.
May 09, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Little Red Readinghood
An old-fashioned Christian book about how a girl gives her life to Christ. A good book if you like that sort of thing which I do.
Rebecca Rash
May 21, 2013 Rebecca Rash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is fiction that counts! Recommended to every Christian girl.
Feb 12, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
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I loved it.
Apr 14, 2009 Nasia rated it it was amazing
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great book. :) inspiring!
Aug 13, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book showing where one is and how Christ can change a life.
Melissa Moore
Feb 22, 2011 Melissa Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolute favorite "old" books! So convicting, so powerful.
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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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