A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me ~ By Samantha Ryan Chandler ~ Book Review by Villageanne

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I was really disappointed by this book. I expected to read an emotional, spiritual journey about Samantha and God. I found this book to be hard to read because it was not well written. The author is an Amazon best seller but I could not connect with her story. She rambled to the point of boredom. I would not recommend this book to my friends. It is very short. In fact I would call it a short story as it is only 108 pages long. I think it would be much more suited in a collection of short stories with some rambling taken out. I felt like there was words added just to make the story longer. This book did not capture my attention nor did it ever keep it. I did read the book but did not enjoy it.

I would rate this book a 2 star at best. i really wanted to like this book but it just didn’t happen for me. This may be the lowest rating I have ever given a book.


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 running carpools, cooking hot meals, leading girl scout troops and taking art and fitness classes for and with one or more 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). Together the two of them brought hundreds of children with life crippling and life threatening ailments and afflictions from developing world countries like Ethiopia, the Philippines, Haiti and others to the United States for donated surgeries.

Samantha can be found online at the following links:

Official Web Site


Twitter: SammieChandler

LinkedIn: SamanthaRyanChandler



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.

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CrossBooks Publishing (February 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615077588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615077588


I received this book free from the author through CWA in exchange for a review. This fact has no impact on my review. I give honest reviews.

About the Author ()

I am just a simple country gal. I have been married to my best friend for over 34 years. We have two beautiful daughters, two Son In Laws and four grandchildren. My family is the most important thing to me. I love them dearly. I love life to the fullest.

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