Chandler, Samantha Ryan. A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me – An Impossibly True Story. Bloomington: CrossBooks, 2011. 108 pp. $28.95. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for as low as $3.99.
Samantha Chandler was born in Louisiana. Through a series of “divine interactions,” she was led to co=found a children’s ministry: Childspring International which brings children with severe deformities or life threatening illnesses to the United States for donated surgeries and medical care.
At only 108 pages and over 25 chapters, A Love Story is a quick read. Samantha offers a biography of her own life. From the back of the book, we read:
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.
Written more like a blog than a traditional biography, A Love Story can be read in one sitting. At first glance there is not much depth until you realize that you have just read the personal testimony of one who has been through the ringer in life. Furthermore, seeing how God had worked in her life through all of the pain and suffering and enabled her to serve His kingdom here on earth.
There are some concerns theologically, for example, she has been visited by angels three times (I question this) as well as dreams of Satan and “seeing the hand of God.” Regardless, these are her subjective experiences that I will not refute she had. That being said, in the end, we see how the Lord used all of this in the founding of the ministry, Childspring International for His glory.
Samantha’s story will resonate with every reader since every reader has experienced some level of hardship.
At only $3.99 on Kindle, you will enjoy this biography. It will be an encouragement to you. It will also introduce you to a ministry you may have never heard of before as it did me. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick biographical read.