Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Love Story: How God Pursued me and Found Me

Title: A Love Story

How God Pursed Me and Found Me-An Impossibly True Story

By: Samantha Ryan Chandler
ISBN # 9-781615-077618 

A Love Story:  How God Pursued Me and Found Me ~ An Impossibly True Story  by Samantha Ryan Chandler is the story based on the author's account of her triumphs and trials in her life's walk.  This book is not only a personal account of her life but it speaks from the heart.  As you read, you feel the pain and anguish of this author come through.   In her own words, the author writes "I am a child of God, and I win."  Amen!

Excerpt from the book:  "Those who grow up with the knowledge of God's love know that He is there to guide them in their life.  Even in the bad times, they know that God will help them see things through and come out better when the trials have ended.  But what about those who have not been raised with God in their lives?"

There so many small lines and sentences that jump out at me as a reader that tell you, this author writes from a place many of us don't know.  From the ashes, from the flames she has risen and shares with us the profoundness of loss, sadness, deflation in status and wealth, fear and beyond.  I dog-earred many pages in this book and look back on them with a calm reflection.   I speed through it in under an hour when it arrived in my mailbox.  It's colorful and rich and descriptive in ways that you often feel you are there in the pages described by the author.  

However, there were points to this book that took it from high expectations to a let down.  I wasn't particularly a fan of her constant mentioning of being married to money or her travelings to exotic places.  It was disheartening to think that someone's trials and tribulations in life consisted so freely about spending money on expensive trips to Europe and Hawaii and Mexico, to name a few.  Trials and tribulations, I think, are not enough food on the table and wondering if you'll have enough to pay the rent.  Abjectly, I was highly offended by her use of the words "seat Nazis" in a description of traveling and having a sick child and not being able to sit in the front seat where she would have been better suited.  In her own words, all she had to do was ask and it was granted ~ such language, in my humble opinion, does not belong in a christian based book. 
As you read, you feel the pain and anguish of this author come through.   The book has an overall theme of  'hope for the hopeless'. God won't just find you - you'll be reminded that he was always there.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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