"I think I am hearing the voice of the Messiah in my dreams." The moment Esther speaks these words to her beloved John, she begins her journey from orphan to disciple of Jesus Christ. As the woman with the alabaster jar who washes Jesus's feet with her tears, Esther becomes one of Jesus's best friends and is by his side for his teachings, healings, and miracles. Seamlessly weaving fictional characters and Biblical figures together, The Alabaster Orphan is a complex and moving story set in a world fraught with spiritual longing and danger, especially so for a young woman with no male protectors and a soul open to God. Judas, Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Jesus's mother, as well as many other figures familiar to readers of the Gospels, are presented with a vibrancy and immediacy rarely seen in Biblical fiction. Esther's intimacy with Jesus's inner circle gives the reader "fly on the wall" access to the conversations and conflicts that took place before and after the famous healings, miracles, and teachings of the New Testament. This is a story bound to stir controversy in its portrayal of Jesus's mother as a significant spiritual guide for her son, Mary Magdalene as his wife and confidante, and Judas as his best friend.