Every reader of Bible knows the tale of Samson, he of the
inhuman strength, and Delilah, the temptress who in learning
the secret of his strength becomes Samson's downfall.
Or, so they think.
In DESIRED, the second book in the Lost Love of the Bible
series, author Ginger Garrett peels back the layers of this
well known Biblical story to imagine the circumstances and
the imperfections in both Samson and Delilah that lead to
their documented outcome. Garrett paints a portrait of a
young woman familiar with abuse who becomes an abuser and a
young man seemingly naive but emotionally sore who exposes
his wounds to his detriment.
What is surprising is the extent to which Garrett evokes
sympathy for Delilah and even a little anger toward Samson.
Although he ultimately lived out his spiritual destiny,
readers may wish for Samson to assume more responsibility
for his own life. Perhaps it feels that way because this
story is envisioned and written by a woman. A male writer
might have portrayed the couple and their motivations
differently. Even so, the beauty of this story lies in
Garrett's skill at presenting the untold story within a well
researched context such that readers both enjoy a richer
understanding of Scripture within the Biblical times and a
haunting yet entertaining read.
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.