The tale of Samantha Ryan Chandler’s life is evocatively portrayed in her book: A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me. It tells of a life that is as disturbing and unsettling as it is uplifting and, in the end, gratifying. How “A girl from Nowhere, Louisiana” finds her way from such humble beginnings to live and walk amongst presidents and the supremely rich, only to find her trust and faith betrayed by those that she loved and trusted the most. She would be tested to the point where she began to doubt her own sanity and, at the moment of her greatest desperation and doubt, she was found by God and brought back from the brink of hopeless despair. Blessed with an almost unquenchable optimism and a unique sense of humor, she relates the story of a life that will speak to those who have encountered abuse, unfairness and anguish. Her love for her children and her faith in God carried her through a crucible of fire and in the end, made her a better, stronger person, ready to carry on with life once again. Samantha’s story will both inspire you and touch your heart.
I’ve written before that the more I can identify with a book, the harder it is to write a review. I read this book months ago, and despite promising the author I’d review it, I’m only posting this today because of the review-a-thon. Otherwise, I probably would have continued to postpone writing a review.
Reading this book was both helpful and very hard. I’ve had my own bad marriage with a man who was manipulative and controlling. I’ve spent years thinking I was following God, only to find that we never truly trust God until we hit rock bottom and have no other choice. We can tell ourselves otherwise, but it’s a lie.
There is more to this book than just a terrifying divorce tale; there is even a bit of humor. Samantha talks about her childhood and the international non-profit organization she founded during her marriage. And her trip to Jerusalem? Will make you want to hit someone.
About the book:
Title: A Love Story How God Pursued Me and Found Me: An Impossibly True Story
Author: Samantha Ryan Chandler
Publisher: Crossbooks Publishing
Release date: Feb 25, 2011
Where I got the book: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review
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