Righting of Wrongs: The Story of Esther and Mordecai

Experience the intense palace politics and overwhelming task facing Esther in this retelling of her story in verse. Learn how God works in challenging situations and reverse the impossible. A needed message for both men and women!

Righting of Wrongs: The Story of Esther and Mordecai
W R I T T E N  B Y
A.J. Lykosh

The News Could Hardly Have Been Worse

Retelling in verse of the book of Esther, a woman in a unique place and role in the salvation of the Jews in Persia. “For such a time as this!”

In normal retellings, we focus so much on her immediate concern: will she be put to death when she walks through the door to greet the king?

But even if she remained alive, how was she to deliver the point of her message? “Thanks for not killing me immediately, but your best friend and most trusted counselor is actually an evil man who is trying to kill me.”

Easy to miss the intensity of the palace politics, the overwhelming task facing Esther, and the true glory of Mordecai.

Practically, how could she roll back this situation? How could she silence the poison tongue in the king’s ear?

Women naturally gravitate to this book, a version of a real life fairy tale.

But more than a court romance, this story deals with reversing the impossible, of God working in the midst of challenging situations.

And that’s a needed message for both men and women.

Book Sample

“What Is That in Your Hand?”


God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush.

Moses was manifestly unexcited by God’s call on his life.

He had all manner of questions and excuses.


When Moses asked,

“What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say,

‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”


The Lord said to him,

“What is that in your hand?”

And then developed a strategy using the staff in his hand.


Moses was not empty-handed.


What did Esther have?

She knew the king loved wine.

And so she invited the king and Haman to, literally, a drinking party.

Righting of Wrongs: The Story of Esther and Mordecai


Real insights from real readers.

Wow—so many insightful things! So many "wow—aha!" moments as I was reading through it. The beautiful poetic format makes it easy to understand and the story flows in delightful cascades. I particularly appreciated the deeper understanding gleaned through studying numerous translations of the original text. This is my personal favorite of Lykosh's writings. Five stars! Enjoy!

Adrienne Saur de Caballero

Glorious to read.

Sarita Holzmann

Such a fresh, fascinating, and raw look at Esther. So much more than ”for such a time as this.” My sister is a master of making the complex simple. It’s one of her superpowers! I’m halfway through and haven’t been able to put it down. I have been brought to tears several times … new revelation and insight into what Esther and Mordecai faced. Oh, so good! And I’m not even at the end!

Jonelle Lilly

I’m up to page 138 and can’t believe the story of Esther can be a page turner! The details and research are fascinating. I hope you have more books like this coming.

Shirley Cohen

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