In A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me, Samantha Ryan Chandler recaps her life of coming from a non-Christian background and being moved to an incredible faith in the Lord. Having lived in an abusive and unhealthy household for most of her life, Chandler tells her story of love, hatred, forgiveness, and fear. In her journey, she comes to know a loving God who knew her completely, just as Jeremiah 1:5 promised: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet through the nations.” Through this book, Chandler uses her testimony to show how God was involved in her life before she even knew Him.
Chandler grew up in a very difficult environment, with a mom who was abusive and a father who closed his eyes. Her situation did not get any better when she reached adulthood and married a man who was manipulating and cruel. When Chandler could not bear the malicious lifestyle any longer and filed for a divorce, she found herself in a battle, not only for the custody of her three children, but also against a warped court system. In the midst of her pain, Chandler found that her only constant foundation was the truth of God.
Although Chandler has gone through a lot of difficult experiences that many people in this broken world can probably relate to, her book’s content is poorly edited and very disorganized. There is never a clear transition showing Chandler before and after her faith in God, and sometimes the content sounds more like a rant than an inspiring testimony. I think the author has a lot of good information, and had it been edited more efficiently, it might have impacted a large audience. – Ronni Meier, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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.