Title: A Love Story – How God Pursued Me and Found Me – An Impossibly True Story
Author: Samantha Ryan Chandler
In Samantha Ryan Chandler’s book, A Love Story – How God Pursued Me and Found Me – An Impossibly True Story, the author takes to heart the Bible verse in I Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” NIV
This ninety-seven page, paperback book depicts a drawing of a strong hand interlocking and supporting another on the front cover. With a review and three paragraphs about the book’s content on the back cover, there is also an author biography and photograph. Although there is no profanity or sexual content, the topics of child and spousal abuse, drugs and divorce may not be edifying for a young teen or immature adult to read. With minor punctuation errors, there are a plethora of Bible verses throughout the chapters along with two black and white photographs of a cemetery.
Author Chandler writes of a sad story about her own life and her redemption and salvation by God from it. Being raised in a non-Christian family with an abusive mother with mental and spiritual issues and having three failed marriages, one ending with a nasty, drawn-out divorce, the writer focuses on how God was always there, waiting patiently, and prompting her to turn toward Him for help.
Written more for her own therapy to understand her path towards God, Chandler talks about her grandparents funerals, her mother’s amnesia, illnesses and abuse, her own childhood home being “haunted,” seeing angels three specific times in her life, a friend taking her to a Pentecostal church, getting baptized in the Jordan, seeing the hand of God and living through a divorce of deceit, greed and hatred.
With little discussion about the horrid details of her childhood abuse, her angst is felt over her fears, lack of love and insecurity as they resurface when her wealthy husband of over twenty years secretly plans to divorce her and prove her insane while he retains parental custody of their third daughter. From a poor girl from Louisiana to a life of first-class flying, multiple elegant homes, and dining with two unnamed American presidents, she looks back to see God’s hands on her tragic but important life.
Relating to the Biblical Job, Elijah, Joseph and David, there are references to specific Bible verses to help anyone who has been abused, is in constant fear or needs to be reminded of God’s consistent love and presence in our everyday lives. By praying and reading the Word, the author has found solace in her foundation that helps deformed children get needed surgeries and states there are four complete stages in recovery: faith, trust, surrender and rest, all involving God.
Although this tome jumps around in thought process and time, the reader can easily see the gut-wrenching, heart-pounding trials the writer has gone through and can glean that God truly is in control and He pursues us with His unconditional love.
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