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Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah (Lost Loves of the Bible #2)

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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 mothe
Paperback, 366 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by David C. Cook
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Sep 25, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok
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I’m really surprised and somewhat disappointed that Ginger Garrett’s Desired didn’t work for me. I wont lie, I found the darker themes of the Samson and Delilah tragedy very appealing, especially since most of the biblical fiction I’ve encountered centers on much lighter tales. I also loved the idea of Samson’s story as told by the women in his life. Unfortunately, content alone does not make a good book.

I mean no disrespect
I loved the author's approach to this book. She makes characters that are traditionally misunderstood come to life. She also makes situations that are alluded to in the Scriptures but not necessarily spelled out very easy to relate to. I loved the female characters in this book and understood why they had hard hearts that led to decisions that they ultimately regretted.

Women had so little power in the Philistine culture. So when an opportunity for these women to change their situations presente
Lisa Johnson
Jun 07, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Desired: The Untold Story of Samson & Delilah
Author: Ginger Garrett
Pages: 368
Year: 2011
Publisher: David C. Cook
There are many interesting people who lived in Biblical times whether one is referring to the Old Testament or the New Testament. Each testament offers to us truth about the One True God who reveals Himself, starting in Genesis. The times those people lived in are vastly different than ours culturally as well as politically, economically and more. There is one thing that is
Nov 01, 2013 Mesu rated it really liked it
Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah is written from the point-of-view of three women in Samson’s life: his mother, a young Philistine girl (who becomes his wife), and finally Delilah. Ginger Garrett’s writing is phenomenal—a mastery of words and phrases that painted pictures and stole my breath. This story depicted Samson, a complex, bigger-than-life biblical character, in ways that I could apply to my daily walk with the Lord. A Samson-sized feat, indeed.

This story was not what I e
Christie Hagerman
Dec 02, 2011 Christie Hagerman rated it it was amazing
In this historical fiction that retells the famous love story of Samson and Delilah, Samson himself is practically a footnote to the main stories, which are of the three women of his life. The reader comes to know him from the impact he has on these women. I learned a lot about what life was like for women of that time and place. I learned about the relationship between the Hebrew nation and their neighbors, the Philistines, and about the Philistine’s god Dagon. Because this familiar story is re ...more
Holly Renee
Nov 30, 2011 Holly Renee rated it really liked it
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this Desired. It was written well, offered a compelling story, drawn out and real characters, and everything that is worthy of a five star review. Yet, this book also had some serious draw backs for me personally.

Desired is very dark. While Ginger Garrett never glosses over the Biblical realities we so often miss when browsing our own Bible, she's been known to point out the darker side of stories that we may not think on. This story, was a tad too dark
Feb 11, 2012 Beks rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I have read stories like this before (Pearl in the Sand was amazing) and have really liked them, however this one just wasn't up to par. I really liked the young women's points of view. Young Amara was nicely characterized and fleshed out, though not particularly dynamic.

The people I had the most problems with, were 1 Samson and 2 his mother. Samson seemed like a little boy who never grew up. I understand that he was more of side story and the real focus was on both Amara and Delilah but still
Mar 16, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
After finishing a Ginger Garrett novel you will want to immediately read another. Desired tells the story of Samson from the perspective of the three prominent women in his life: his mother, his first wife, and his second love. This story is not for the faint hearted, but then again, neither is the Bible. This is a great adaptation of Samson taken directly from Scriptures. Ginger's writing style brings truth to life.

One man, Samson, born for God's purpose seems to have women get in his way. Or d
Jun 20, 2013 Melanie rated it liked it
Being a fan of Bible stories in general and of Samson's story in particular, I really was looking forward to reading this book as it tells his story from a totally different point of view, that of the three very important women in his life.

From the start of this book, I knew it would be different and I thought I was prepared for it, but I was also surprised by its content as well.

I didn't really expect an accounting about Samson from the Bible nor the movie I saw long time ago with Victor Mature
Oct 10, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing
Ginger Garrett is a masterful storyteller. Through vivid descriptions and accurate research, she sweeps the reader away on a trip to the ancient city of Timnah during Philistine rule. The wine is plenty, the idol worship is rampant, yet love is still sought in this heathen land. It is here that the Hebrew, Samson, meets his Philistine wife, Amara, and where she becomes the first woman to betray him.

But she will not be the only women to claim such a title. Delilah, who most have always associated
Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
4.5/5 Stars.
I liked the author's portrayal of Delilah. I wasn't expecting to empathize with her as much as I did. Additionally, I've always viewed Samson's choices as reckless in my personal reading of the biblical accounts. Ginger Garrett turned that presumption upside down in her novel, by making her readers consider his choices to be directives from God. Much like His command for Hosea to marry a prostitute.

For the more sensitive readers: This story has elements that may make you cringe. Nam
May 27, 2015 Audrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I didn't expect to feel empathy towards Samson's wife or to Delilah but I certainly did. What a sad account of the hurts and disappointments those women may have faced. His mother comes across as overbearing and self-righteous but I could sense her love for him. Even when we sin and make mistakes God can still redeem us and use us for His purposes. Ms. Garrett did an excellent job of bringing the Bible Story to life and revealing another side of Samson's life.
Jan 07, 2013 Jonida rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the detail and learning more about the world of Samson and the two women he loved. However it is not a book I would recommend to anyone who is not a really mature christian and can deal with how sad and full of pain the accounts of its characters are .
May 31, 2012 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
The story of Samson & Delilah was told in such a way that you could actually put a face to a name. A personality. We have all read the story over the years but this brought it to a different light. You felt very connected to the characters and also more of an understanding of what God was doing.
Jul 16, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
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Apr 19, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it
When I have time for leisure reading, I tend to gravitate to historical fiction. Biblical historical fiction in particular is fascinating because even though the authors by necessity must take some license with the story, when done well, it can really bring to life the stories and cultures of Biblical times.

I first discovered Ginger Garrett when I stumbled onto her novel Dark Hour, which is based on the events recounted in 2 Chronicles 21-23 and 2 Kings 10-11. In that book, she took a rather ob
Oct 15, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
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 sedu
Jalynn Patterson
Jul 13, 2013 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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
Ginny B
Jun 03, 2013 Ginny B rated it liked it
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Oct 26, 2011 Claire rated it liked it
Ginger Garrett’s first Biblical fiction novel Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, about Queen Esther, got some pretty awesome press. She’s also currently writing a book about Jezebel. (How awesome is that!!!)

Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah is the story of Samson and is told from the perspectives of Delilah, his ill-fated first wife, and most importantly, his mother. Desired is really her story. It is a narrative of her desires for her son and her struggle to comprehend and
Apr 22, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
In the book Desired, we follow the life of Samson. The story of Samson is told through the viewpoint of three of the most important women in his life: His mother, Amara, and Delilah.
Samson’s mother loves him so much and all she wants is for him to be great. She pushes him to do what’s right and tries to drag him away from evil, but she is not able to control his every move. Samson’s mother must watch as Samson destroys his own life by constantly making bad decisions.
Amara is Samson’s Philistine
Dec 26, 2011 Faye rated it liked it
A well written tale, that tells the story of Samson with great attention to detail and description.

Desired tells the tale of Samson, through the eyes of three women, Samson's mother, his Philistine bride, and Delilah.

The story was well-told, with great attention to detail, and setting. I could literally feel the hard brick of the housetops under my feet, and the smell of the trickling stream.

Desired is a tale that is well-researched, yet at the same time isn't afraid to ask "What if" this, or
Cherie Kasper
Oct 03, 2013 Cherie Kasper rated it it was amazing
There are three women that are significant in Samson's life. The first was his mother. She knew what the gifts that God had given him were to be used for. She fought to keep him from making things bad in his life, while Samson was always searching for something with the wrong women.
The second woman was really a young girl, a Philistine named Amara. Samson saw her on her family's roof when her sister threw a stick at him. Samson was completely enamored by her, would not listen to anyone else tell
Audrey Grant
Jul 12, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it it was ok
I have been loveing most of the Bible Based Novels where there is so much research going into the time period, area of the world, politics, what a woman's role was in that particular culture and society at that time, ect...
But this one left me somewhat dissapointed on several fronts. First, The story seemed more about Sampson's Mom than about Delilah. Second you are WELL into the book before Delilah even showes up. Third there were some major mistakes when it came to her descriptions of Sampson.
Dec 11, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
Three strong women, one physically strong man. It seems that the odds are stacked against Samson from the beginning. "Desired" is a fictionalized story of Samson and his loves. His mother wants him to continue with his Nazarite vow and marry an Israelite, keeping with his upbringing. Amara sees Samson from the rooftop of her home and desires him. Delilah uses her feminine wiles to get Samson to tell the secret of his strength. All three women had a power over Samson and which ultimately to his d ...more
Charity U
Mar 22, 2012 Charity U rated it liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Being a girl with a big enjoyment of Biblical fiction, I knew I wanted to give this book (and this author) a try as soon as I heard of it. It took a while, but then I got signed up to review Reign by the same author – and David C. Cook sent me all three of her books. I started with this one. You know, there aren’t just a whole lot of books about Samson and Delilah…so this one was definitely a first for me! It’s got a lot of fiction, but the Bible parts were well done. By fiction, I mean the auth ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Ella rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: New christians
I had a very hard time reading this book. It took me months to finish it. Not because the writing was awful or there were too many typos. None of that existed to me. It was Samson's first wife, his mother, but most of all Delilah's childhood and adulthood. The suffering at the hands of the people you trust is extremely hard to bear. I didn't find it hard to understand her as a person. I appreciate the fact that Ginger Garrett creates a new understanding of biblical characters through her writing ...more
Feb 24, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it liked it
Desired is written by Ginger Garrett and published by David C Cook.

This book was not at all what I expected. That is not a good thing. The book is about Samson, the man from the Bible that we remember from the story of him getting his hair cut and losing his strength. This book comes from a different angle in retelling the story by centering on the viewpoint of three women in Samson’s life.

I felt like the details of some of the scenes were a bit much. It was an over dramatic retelling of the st
Feb 19, 2012 cecilia rated it liked it
DESIRED caught me off-guard as Samson’s story unfolds, not shared by the man himself, but told by 3 different women involved in his destined demise. Let me just say that the story was not as heart-wrenchingly beautiful as the song Hallelujah; instead, there was anger and blood and not nearly enough love to soften up Samson’s churlish behavior. This story is so very different than what I anticipated that it startled me – I ended up comparing Jesus’s patience as he preaches on dusty roads to Samso ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
The title of this book is a bit misleading, I think. It actually tells the stories of both of Samson's loves: his Philistine wife as well as Delilah. Each story was told from the point of view of Samson's mother and the woman. The stories stayed very true to the Biblical account, and I really enjoyed seeing how the author fleshed out the story by giving the women lives, thoughts, emotions, and details to make them real people. Anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction will enjoy this book. And anyone w ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 May 26, 2015 02:06PM  
  • The Heavens Before (Genesis, #1)
  • Love's Sacred Song (Treasure of His Love)
  • Martha
  • This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab
  • Rebekah (Wives of the Patriarchs, #2)
  • Havah: The Story of Eve
  • Deborah's Story (Women of the Bible #2)
  • David and Bathsheba
  • Harvest of Rubies (Harvest of Rubies, #1)
  • Isle of Shadows (Seven Wonders, #3)
  • Jewel of Persia
Ginger Garrett is the author of the Chronicles of the Scribes series (In the Shadow of Lions, In the Arms of Immortals, In the Eyes of Eternity), Wolves Among Us, Chosen, Desired, Dark Hour, and Beauty Secrets of the Bible. Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA.

Focusing on ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfict
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Other Books in the Series

Lost Loves of the Bible (3 books)
  • Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther (Lost Loves of the Bible #1)
  • Reign: The Chronicles Of Queen Jezebel (Lost Loves of the Bible #3)

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