About: This Indie Excellence Finalist book is a self-written account which shows the good, the bad and the ugly of Samantha’s life. She takes the reader on a journey through abuse, love, betrayal, fear and redemptive hope. In the end, proclaiming God had always pursued her and eventually found her.
This book is divided into small chapters, where the author was brave enough to write about some very difficult times in her life. Yet, at the same time, being sensitive to show that even in the hard times God was there, reaching out and offering His love to her.
My take: Personally, I found this book very hard to follow. I enjoy more of a time line of events when I am reading an autobiography. Samantha jumped around in her journey and I had a hard time following where in her life the events took place.
I do commend her on having the courage to write about some of the more difficult times of her life. She was brave enough to share them in hopes of encouraging others who are walking through similar experiences. For anyone experiencing their own family issues or walking through a difficult divorce, there were bits of truth which can help you in your own journey. However, there are also times where I felt like Samantha had not yet reached a point of healing. So, if you are working through a hard time or difficult divorce, you will need to use some discernment on those pages.
In all honestly, I cannot recommend this book to those who are seeking emotional healing. I am afraid some of the author’s negative words will “stir up” some of the negativity or forgiveness you might be working through.
“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 a life that is again filled with love, joy and laughter. A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me will both inspire you and touch your heart.