DELILAH : TREACHEROUS BEAUTY
A complex and compelling glimpse at one of the bible's most notorious women.
Life is not easy in Philestine, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.
When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can beat her in a war of wits.
I have become a fan of this author's ability to transform simple bible stories into something of substance. Hunt's exquisite writing brings this time period to life and, yes, that involves her very vivid imagination, but it's easy to see where fact ends and fiction begins.
Now Samson and Delilah is probably my least favourite account in the whole bible so I hesitated before picking this title to review. But seriously, that hauntingly beautiful cover proved irresistible. And I'm so glad I read out of my comfort zone! Do I like Samson and Delilah any better after reading Delilah : Treacherous Beauty? Not really, but I've been convicted of two really powerful truths. First, God can use the most flawed person to achieve His ends and second, instead of making snap judgments about people we'll likely be surprised...and moved...if we look deeper into the reasoning behind questionable actions. Both are great takeaways to apply in everyday life.
Through the author's creative embellishments I was able to see beyond the rote bible story and into the complexities of living, breathing people struggling to find their way. Something I can totally relate to. Definitely a thought provoking read.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
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