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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
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Series: Lost Loves of the Bible
Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed author of Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, which was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA, and Dark Hour. An expert in ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision," The Harvest Show, Fox News, and many other outlets.
In 2007, Ginger was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her novel Dark Hour. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in theater, she is passionate about creating art from history. You can learn more about Ginger and her work by visiting www.gingergarrett.com
The two Philistine women are given stories that make them relatable characters with breakable hearts, while Samson gets a harsh, dark image. Samson has a strong will, and he believes God wants him to marry the two women who fall into his path. Within his relationship with each woman, Samson possesses a gentle, loving nature, but he also throws aside his protesting mother and dying father to follow his own desires. And after Amara (Samson's unnamed Philistine wife of Judges 14:1) tricks Samson into revealing the answer to the riddle he told in a bet, Samson's mother witnesses him brutally kill 30 Philistines and deliver their bloody clothes to those he made the bet with as payment for his loss. Suddenly, God's prophet does not match up with his mother's ideal of a savior. Samson's deeds lead to the deaths of Amara and her family, as well, and when Delilah comes his way, his reputation precedes him.
But in Garrett's version of events, Delilah is not the seductress or fervent Dagon worshipper most perceive her as. Samson must seduce the strong-willed Delilah, who has quite the story to tell. As a young girl, Delilah dealt with family rejection due to her female status and rape because of her beauty. Unexpected events led her to the temple, where she faced the harsh reality of the world that shaped her into an independent woman with boundaries to block out hurt and foster only what brings personal gain. This Delilah cares little for Dagon. When she finally meets Samson, the tempting offer of wealth makes her decision to betray him for her.
Garrett gives Desired a redemptive ending, however, and as Samson meets his destiny, Delilah meets her true Lord through faith. This conclusion does not appear in the Bible, but Garrett thinks positively as she gives readers reason to relate to these broken women. Amara, too, is presented in a positive light as one who would do anything to help her family survive. The chapters told by Samsons mother are short and leave little time to get to know her, but provide the extra perspective on Samsons character needed to make the story complete.
Garrett's writing lacks that page-turner quality, but her story presents enough interesting twists and changes to keep the reader going. Garrett uses incredible historical detail, which must have required much time-consuming research on her part. Ultimately, Desired stays true to the theme that resonates with every Christian: man is fallen and makes mistakes, but God is powerful and will uses mans faults for His glorious purposes. No one is beyond redemption. Garrett appropriately sums her message up with Hebrews 11:32-24 at the end of her book: "And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies." Harmony Wheeler, www.Christianbookpreviews.com
Patti SheneSoutheastern ColoradoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another great book by Ginger GarrettJanuary 7, 2014Patti SheneSoutheastern ColoradoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ginger Garrett provides another great work of biblical fiction with Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah. She delves deep into the relationships between Samson and the three most important women in his life.
Her first person narrative style brings her characters to life in a vibrant and sometimes disturbing manner .The author gives an in depth insight into Samson through the eyes of his young wife Amara, his often overprotective mother, and the woman who engineers his destruction, Delilah. The time honored story of God's ability to turn evil and use it for good is evident in Garrett's telling of the story of Samson.
Typical of Ginger Garrett's writing style, this book faces head on the ugly side of some of the Bible's most notorious characters and the lifestyle practices that were prevalent at the time. The reader should be warned that there are scenes of graphic violence, giving it a dark feel at times.
I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy Biblical fiction and are not averse to the telling of Biblical events in graphic detail.
This book was given to me by David C. Cook through Fred Laurent at Bookfun.org with no compulsion to provide anything other than my honest opinion in a review.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 21, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Meet the legendary Samson as you've never known him before _ through the eyes of the three women who loved him.
Before Samson was an Old Testament legend, he was a prodigal son, an inexperienced suitor, a vengeful husband, and a lost soul driven by his own weakness. This is his story as told by three strong women who loved himÃ¢â¬âthe nagging, manipulative mother who pushed him toward greatness, the hapless Philistine bride whose betrayal propelled him into notoriety, and the emotionally damaged seductressÃ¢â¬âthe famous DelilahÃ¢â¬âwho engineered his downfall and propelled him to his destiny. Desired celebrates the God of Israel's to work powerfully in the midst of hopes, fears, desires, and sorrows.
Anyone who has lived knows about Samson and Delilah. They are a couple destined to live forever in the public eye with Samson playing the hero and Delilah the seductress who was his ultimate demise. Boys are told the story and warned not to fall to the wiles of women. Girls are admonished by their mothers to never "become" what Delilah was. But no one has bothered to look at Samson's story from the time it began, to the point he lost his life because of a woman.
That being said, this book is not for the younger set. If you have unmarried daughters, this novel will only feed their imaginations in the areas of sensuality, etc. I would definitely say "mature readers only!" This was an astounding portrayal and look at the life of Samson before he fell to Delilah. I never realized how much I enjoyed getting to know the man until I read of his life with Amara, and of course, his mother. This was a brilliant work of fiction and I appreciated the distinctive voice Garrett lends to Samson. While it is not a book that will leave you gratified with a happy ending, as a reader of thousands of Christian fiction, I have to say I am sick of happy endings. Life doesn't always end on a high note, and we are each called and chosen for a purpose. This novel manifests the mercy of God despite our sin, and the consequences of our sin despite His mercy.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5June 7, 2013lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5There 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.
CharityUAustenAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fascinating Take on a Biblical StoryJune 1, 2013CharityUAustenAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Being 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.**
PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5DESIREDMay 22, 2013PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4DESIRED 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.