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Unforgettable Biblical fiction: "Delilah (A Dangerous Beauty Novel Book #3): Treacherous Beauty" by Angela Hunt
about the book....
A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Most Notorious Women Life is not easy in Philistia, 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 best her in a war of wits.
Once again, Angela Hunt proves herself to be an absolutely gifted story teller as she brings to life the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah. Rich historical details lend an authentic air to Delilah's life and, though I have never before felt any empathy for her as a person, I certainly do after reading this fictional account! In the past it has been all too easy for me to simply view Delilah as basically an evil villain. But when I stop to think about what sort of past she may have had and why Samson was so in love with her that he made the choices he did, Hunt's take on her character as a deeply wounded soul who made the choices she did for valid (if misguided and wrong) reasons, makes much more sense. Although of course Hunt has taken some liberties in embellishing Samson and Delilah's stories to make for an entertaining plot, she has clearly striven to remain faithful to the Biblical account. After reading this book I went back to re-read the Biblical account itself and was pleased to find that she definitely honours scripture in her retelling of this intriguing story. I have often wondered why God would use such a misguided and faulty man as Samson, and yet while reading this book I simply appreciated that God has a grander purpose for using broken and sinful people. And I am so glad he does, because that means he can use me too!
Of the three Dangerous Beauty novels that Angela Hunt has written, I must say that "Delilah" has become my favourite. It is very well written and I have found that I simply can't stop thinking about it and about who God chooses to carry out his plans and why. Hunt has done a wonderful job at not only creating interesting characters, but at looking at their story in a totally different light than I've ever read about them before. I award this book a very solid rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
about the author....
The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty.Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. She can be found online at www.angelahuntbooks.com.