Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah [NOOK Book]

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Meet 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 him—the nagging, manipulative mother who pushed him toward greatness, the hapless Philistine bride whose betrayal propelled him into notoriety, and the emotionally damaged seductress—the ...

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Overview

Meet 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 him—the nagging, manipulative mother who pushed him toward greatness, the hapless Philistine bride whose betrayal propelled him into notoriety, and the emotionally damaged seductress—the famous Delilah—who 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.

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“Everyone who likes historical fiction will enjoy Desired. Vivid and compelling—I loved it!”
-India Edghill, author of Wisdom’s Daughter and Delilah: A Novel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781407892
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 388,319
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

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 gingergarrett.com 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Ginger Garrett

    Modernizational story based on the Biblical account of Samson and the women he loved his wife first, mother, and his downfall, Delilah. I read this in one sitting although it is a full length novel. From a Godly author as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    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 feeling for sure its Full of lies deceit and betrayal. It keeps your interest and I read it in one day. Def worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    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, 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    Interesting retelling that will stir some thoughts

    DESIRED caught me off-guard as Samson’s story unfolds, not shared by the man himself, but told by 3 different women involved in his destined demise. Let me just say that the story was not as heart-wrenchingly beautiful as the song Hallelujah; instead, there was anger and blood and not nearly enough love to soften up Samson’s churlish behavior. This story is so very different than what I anticipated that it startled me – I ended up comparing Jesus’s patience as he preaches on dusty roads to Samson’s vengeful violence as a way to heal his broken heart. DESIRED may be a welcome addition to those who appreciate a good biblical retelling such as The Red Tent or A Reluctant Queen, but the story does not have as much warmth that I generally prefer and the ending leaves me slightly puzzled about how things went down. *proceed to Google for Samson and Delilah story* And now I think I can understand where DESIRED was coming from, but I think Samson’s vices had too much pagetime to make much sense of Samson at the end.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    Fantastic Biblical fiction!

    I loved the author's approach to this book. She makes characters that are traditionally misunderstood come to life. She also makes situations that are alluded to in the Scriptures but not necessarily spelled out very easy to relate to. I loved the female characters in this book and understood why they had hard hearts that led to decisions that they ultimately regretted.

    Women had so little power in the Philistine culture. So when an opportunity for these women to change their situations presented itself it was hard for them to say no. Love had betrayed Delilah and wounded her in the past, so it wasn't enough to keep her from hurting others. Understandable, even if it's not something we admire characters for. The author had to stay true to what happened in the Bible, so altering that aspect of the story wasn't an option.

    I wept for both Amara and Delilah (not literally, but my heart grieved when they deal with the consequences of their choices) which is a testimony to the author's ability to grab the reader's heart. Garrett did a great job making me empathize with their plights. It was never an excuse for what they did, but an explanation that made sense to me. I think this is Garrett's best book, bar none. The author did a great job of showing how Samson's strength was also his downfall. And his Jewish mother was excellently portrayed as well. I could sense his mother's disillusionment when things continually happened that she didn't understand and couldn't control.

    This is the first time the similarities between Samson (and the people looking to him for deliverance,) and Jesus were brought to light in my thoughts. God has a way of doing things much differently than people expect. This is shone through Samson's story, but his life also reflected the consequences of his poor choices just like in the story of David and Bathsheba. People who enjoy Biblical fiction and it's ability to bring Scriptural truths to light will appreciate this book.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    a great biblical tale

    In the Philistine city of Timnah, Astra and Amara are on the rooftop of their home when the former sees the bigger than an ox Hebrew who attended the heathen festival at the Temple of Dagon. Astra throws a sharp rod at him trying to kill him. Amara begs he forgives them as she says it was an accident. He marks her house. This gigantic Hebrew Samson, known for his legendary strength, informs Amara's father he will wed her. She has no say in the matter.

    Samson informs his parents that he will marry the Philistine. His Mother objects over his taking a flat chested Canaanite as a wife as she believes his God given strength is destined for greatness. His Father is even more upset. Samson marries Amara, but that ends in tragedy. While the Philistines scheme to destroy the Hebrew legend, Samson meets Delilah. They marry and she proves persistent with completing her mission to learn what the cause of his incredible strength is. Soon his Mother's dream of greatness will collide with his wife's greed inside of the Temple of Dagon.

    Told from the perspective of the three key fully developed females in the life of Samson, Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah is a great biblical tale. The conflicting cultures are fully developed as the Philistines and the Hebrews distrust one another as each claims Canaan. Readers will enjoy Ginger Garrett's latest Old Testament thriller (See Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther) as Mother finally understands that God works the miracles of redemption by turning our weaknesses into strengths.

    Harriet Klausner

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