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Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful read

I loved this book. The story of samson and delilah wasnt one that was often taught in church and in a way it felt forbidden to learn more about their love story. This wonderfully written story takes you into their forbidden love. There is def A sleeping with the enemy f...
I loved this book. The story of samson and delilah wasnt one that was often taught in church and in a way it felt forbidden to learn more about their love story. This wonderfully written story takes you into their forbidden love. There is def A sleeping with the enemy feeling for sure its Full of lies deceit and betrayal. It keeps your interest and I read it in one day. Def worth reading.

posted by SuzyQDs on January 3, 2014

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Ginger Garrett’s first Biblical fiction novel Chosen, abou

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,...
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.

posted by TheAddLibrarian on May 8, 2012

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    A Dark, but Well-told Story

    To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this Desired. It was written well, offered a compelling story, drawn out and real characters, and everything that is worthy of a five star review. Yet, this book also had some serious draw backs for me personally.

    Desired is very dark. While Ginger Garrett never glosses over the Biblical realities we so often miss when browsing our own Bible, she's been known to point out the darker side of stories that we may not think on. This story, was a tad too dark for me.

    Yet, nothing in Samson's account gives any indication that it should be anything other than a dark story. This man was a man of war. Despite this truth, I could have lived without the graphic violence.

    This book also contains a lot of sensuality. I don't really mind the sensuality between those who are married--no Christian literature will ever make me blush as much as reading Songs of Solomon. So I can handle that. The opening scene, however, left my stomach retching. While it may have been common practice among the Philistines to esteem homosexual marriage, I felt like it could have been implied without describing one of the men as having a "virgin's blush."

    In spite of all of this, Ginger Garrett truly manages to bring one back to the truth and lessons that we glean from Samson. She brings the reader back to reflect on how Samson's life may resemble our own, what we can do differently, and how God is merciful in spite of what we've done.

    Desired is not a book I would recommend to the average reader. If you're able to handle the darkness this book deals with, you will definitely gain so much from it. If you're not, my recommendation is that you should start with Ginger Garret's first book, Chosen, and work your way up to this one.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Disappointed

    This book was slow, it never takes me a week to read a book. The idea was different, writing from the 3 women in his life. The book didnt show Samson's purpose in life. He was mostly portrayed as a monster, dirty and unkept person. His mother was annoying. She wasnt portrayed as a strong woman, she kept questioning God and followed Samson around like he was 12 years old. The writing was inconsistent. Some parts were enjoyable and some parts weren't interesting or mind grabbing. When Delilah came on the scene they spent more time with her rather her and Samson. The sections with her and Samson was rushed.

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