A Love Story

How God Pursued Me and Found Me Review

"An Impossibly True Story"

By Samantha Ryan Chandler

The Story Summary...

The author's story is as disturbing and unsettling as it is uplifting and gratifying. It tells about a girl from Nowhere, Louisiana who finds her way from humble beginnings to dining with presidents and living with the rich, only to find her trust betrayed by those she trusted most.

Blessed with an almost unquenchable optimism and a unique sense of humor, Ms. Chandler writes of a life that speaks to those who have encountered abuse, unfairness and anguish.  One reviewer declared it, “is as powerful as ‘Letters to God,’ as heart wrenching as ‘Nobody's Child,’ and as touching as ‘Pay It Forward,’ with Helen Hunt.”
 

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Interesting Points From "How God
Pursued Me and Found Me"

Uplifting!

An emotionally stirring story that gives hope when all seems lost.

Inspiring!

The author's faith takes her from a life of great loss to restoration in Christ.

True Love!

The author shares through her life experiences the depth of God's love for all.

Book Information

  • Genre:  Christian
  • Pages:  130
  • Publisher:  CrossBooks; 2 Edition
  • Language:  English
  • Publish Date:  11/17/2015, 2 Ed.
  • Reviews:  Over 65 On Amazon

A Love Story How God Pursued Me & Found Me Has received the "Readers Favorite Award 5 stars."

A Love Story - How God Pursued Me and Found Me
Review By Margaret Lukasik

It’s always a blessing to learn of the miraculous ways in which God works in His children’s lives. In the story of Samantha Ryan Chandler titled A Love Story...How God Pursued Me and Found Me: An Impossibly True Story, I had the pleasure of watching the power of God at work in her life to bring deliverance and renewal even when she didn’t know God, but only knew of Him in her heart. I greatly admire the author’s strength and courage, especially during her most exhausting and difficult times. Her unrelenting love of God goes beyond inspiring to a place of undying trust and faith that we can all learn from and follow.  

   While I loved Samantha’s colorful description of her roots in Louisiana and her fun childhood experiences, I was also grieved to learn of the suffering she endured as a child because of her mother. Having been abused throughout my childhood gave me an overwhelming sense of compassion for the fears she faced and the darkness that filled her childhood home. Yet her writing doesn't reflect her pain but instead the family and friends that lifted her out of the darkness of abuse with their unconditional love, a strong spirit to keep moving forward and her daughters who she makes clear are the greatest blessings in her life.

  Samantha never gives up, but instead uses the miracles she's experienced and the inner guidance she's received as beacons of light to lead her to the promised land. For many years she suffered through a marriage that was far removed from the image she was given while in the engagement phase of her relationship. Believing her third marriage would be a blessing, it quickly turned into a curse. As her life plunged into an unrelenting nightmare, she remained constant in her faith and continued her work with the children’s ministry she co-founded that provides life-changing surgeries for children from developing countries.  Yet, while Samantha kept busy with unselfish endeavors, this period may have been the darkest time of her life, especially when facing divorce and the loss of her children.  While this could have sent her into a state of giving up, she met every challenge with a renewed trust that God would protect her even when it appeared that her life was in danger.

  Samantha’s faith and the love she has for her girls turned the difficulties they lived into positive situations that has brought each to a place of great success and purpose. I believe Samantha’s story will help others do the same as they look to God as their source of help and guidance. God certainly pursued Samantha, and her book is a wonderful example of what happens when we dare to let God find us! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Ryan Chandler

Samantha Ryan was born in a colorful, town in Louisiana. Convinced that the world had to be bigger than her hometown, she left her familial roots and created a path that took her to cities across the United States and the world. Possessing a natural gift for design and a penchant for history, Samantha channeled those talents into a life full of projects and historical enquiry.

In her own words, “being a mom is the greatest job in the world.” Samantha spent the better part of three decades enjoying and taking care of her three girls. A series of divine interactions led Samantha to impact a wider range of people than ever before when she co-founded Children’s Cross Connection (now known as Childspring International). Samantha is currently a contributing author for Southern Writers Magazine and she has received the Readers Favorite Award 5 stars for her book. See above.  

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