Reflecting on my reading of Iain Duguid's commentary on Esther, there have been four things that have made this commentary a first class companion with the Scriptures:
1. Duguid's illumination of the flaws in the characters of the story is used as a springboard for examining our own hearts before God.
2. The contrast he sets up between King Ahasuerus' kingdom and God's Kingdom shows us the laughableness (if that is such a word!) of our world against the greatness of God's Kingdom.
3. The way in which each chapter points us to Christ himself. Duguid is particularly skillful in focussing our attention on Christ and his Gospel.
4. Duguid rightly pinpoints throughout the book of Esther the sovereignty of God and his control over all things, particularly the small.
If these are four things that you think would make a worthwhile read and you're not sure what to get that special someone for Christmas, need I say more?