A Love Story...How God Pursued Me and Found Me

An Impossibly True Story

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
130 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2016
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Author Biography

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

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Life and the act of living one's life is hard work. It has its ups and downs, its joys and its sorrows. And then there are the tragedies, the evil that attacks us all in one way or another. But, no matter how hard life gets, or how tragic, there is always someone worse off. No one knows this better than the author, Samantha Ryan Chandler. Her story is a sad story, but it is also one filled with such hope, such love and such compassion. Abused as a child, Samantha entered a marriage full of evil. For legal reasons, she named her abusive husband, appropriately I might add, Darth Vader or DV for short. While her marriage developed into a living hell, her divorce - she called it an annihilation because it not only severed her marriage - tore from her all that she held dear: her three daughters and her sense of self esteem.

Samantha's story is not unique. Even she admits that simple fact. There are many women around the world who have suffered similar evils. What is unique is Samantha's ability to keep her faith, keep praying, continually seeking and extending forgiveness, and never losing hope. The ties with two of her three daughters were severed with the divorce and have only just recently been restored. But throughout it all, she kept her faith. God was with her always and He sent His angels to prove His continuing love and concern. The beauty of Samantha's story, A Love Story...How God Pursued Me and Found Me, is her ability to reach out to others less fortunate than herself. As co-founder of Children's Cross Connection, now called Childspring International, she worked hard to reach out to sick or badly disfigured children from developing countries, to bring them to the United States for donated surgeries.

Samantha chose to share her story, to share her battle with evil. She wrote her heart-wrenching account of her life and unburdened her heart and soul. She is a true inspiration and her story will help others in difficult situations and confronted with evil. As she writes in her conclusion, "And as is written upon each life raft: you are not a survivor until you have been rescued." Samantha is a survivor. She has been rescued. A Love Story...How God Pursued Me and Found Me: An Impossibly True Story is a very touching memoir told from the heart and with God's everlasting love and support. I thank the author for sharing her story.