There are many interesting people who lived in Biblical times whether one is referring to the Old Testament or the New Testament. Each testament offers to us truth about the One True God who reveals Himself, starting in Genesis. The times those people lived in are vastly different than ours culturally as well as politically, economically and more. There is one thing that is the same: We are a people created to know God relationally through Jesus Christ.
Samson and Delilah were people who lived before the time of Christ. Readers can learn about Samson's true history (nonfictional) beginning in the book of Judges Chapter 13, which is located in the Old Testament. There are several historical books that can be read to understand the times and people that can help readers grasp the history of that period.
Ginger Garrett writes a fictional tale of Samson and Delilah that will captivate the reader as it is told from point of view of Samson's mother, Amara and Delilah. Being told from three different women's' points of view is helpful as readers get to understand the possible thoughts and feelings of women in ancient times. In ancient history, women were raised in a patriarchal society. Their lives were to be led and cared for by men. As such, some had good, rich and full lives while others weren't as fortunate. Some people today use this as a reason to live a life focused on doing without the "restraints" the Bible teaches. This is unfortunate and living life with less instead of more.
The novel's chapters alternate between the women in Samson's life and his mother, allowing us to understand both sides of the action. We see what happens when a man doesn't live his life according to what God has said, but we also see the redemption of that life God brings. Samson lived during the time known as the Judges when Israel had no king and they did what "was right in their own eyes". The novel fictionalizes many of the true events in Samson's life, which serves to captivate the imagination of the audience.
Remember what Ginger Garrett wrote is a wonderful fictional tale you can enjoy and share with others. Then, read the true account of Samson from the Word of God, beginning in Judges Chapter 13. I found the novel reminding me of how short we fall from what God has planned for us, and how He redeems us when it seems like all hope is lost.
Being a girl with a big enjoyment of Biblical fiction, I knew I wanted to give this book (and this author) a try as soon as I heard of it. It took a while, but then I got signed up to review Reign by the same author - and David C. Cook sent me all three of her books. I started with this one. You know, there aren't just a whole lot of books about Samson and Delilah_so this one was definitely a first for me! It's got a lot of fiction, but the Bible parts were well done. By fiction, I mean the author made up a lot of backstory and added in a lot of details - more than many Biblical fiction books I've read. However, most of those were about characters where we know more about their lives. Some of the material here was a little more descriptive about matters appropriate for more mature readers than most books like this that I've read - nothing really bad, but I'd still only recommend for 17+. The switching view points did a good job conveying the thoughts of each individual woman, but they also annoyed me a lot sometimes_it was a lot of switching, and not always completely smooth. At the end of the day? It was a good book, very interesting, well-written, and I enjoyed it.
**The publisher sent me this book as a complimentary copy. I wasn't required to review it, wasn't reimbursed for doing so, and wasn't obligated to review it positively.**
DESIRED is written from the perspective of Samson's mother, his first wife Amara and from Delilah. This is not a book I would recommend for a young teen. There is violence, sexual tension that you don't normally see in a Christian book but not detailed. The author, Ginger Garrett, tries to show the life of Amara, Delilah and the mother in a way that you realize what women had to do and had no rights of their own. It is well written, shows the strengths and weakness of the characters and how faith leads them in their daily life. This is not you typical "happily ever after". This is pretty close to the story in the Bible. Of course, this is fiction based on the Bible and the author does show some creative license.
I was given these books by the publisher with only the request to leave an unbiased review. Definitely an author I will read again.
Ginger Garrett's first Biblical fiction novel Chosen, about Queen Esther, got some pretty awesome press. She's also currently writing a book about Jezebel. (How awesome is that!!!)
Desired is the story of Samson and is told from the perspectives of Delilah, his ill-fated first wife, and most importantly, his mother. Desired is really her story. It is a narrative of her desires for her son and her struggle to comprehend and accept that God's desires for him may be different from her won. Her son, the promised deliverer, God's promise and gift to her and her nation, doesn't behave the way she expects or desires.
Samson isn't done very often so I was excited to read Desired. In my excitement I guess I forgot to take into account the fact that Samson's story is depressing. The tone was reminiscent of how Israel probably felt under Philistine rule, dark, oppressive, and bitter. So while I didn't enjoy Desired, it was Good. After all biblical stories usually aren't pretty.
Desired is written by Ginger Garrett and published by David C Cook.
This book was not at all what I expected. That is not a good thing. The book is about Samson, the man from the Bible that we remember from the story of him getting his hair cut and losing his strength. This book comes from a different angle in retelling the story by centering on the viewpoint of three women in Samson's life.
I felt like the details of some of the scenes were a bit much. It was an over dramatic retelling of the story. It is nothing like any Christian fiction I have read before. I would not recommend this book for everyone. The language is a bit graphic sometimes, not what you would call bad language but more in the descriptive words used.
The flow of the story helped make the read bearable. The book itself was well written meaning there were no scenes left out and the story made sense. I will not be reading this book again but if you want a different viewpoint of the story of Samson you might want to try it for yourself.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.