I had the privilege of an unexpected week off – and the joy to spend it at a friend’s cottage. This was the perfect book to take with me. I love when time affords me to be able to read a book completely interrupted. I have yet to be disappointed with this series, “A Dangerous Beauty”. The first two women we met were Bathsheba and Esther.
Angela’s newest book is perhaps my favourite in the series. Biblical fiction that makes me have to pull out my Bible to rediscover pieces of the story is alway worth my time. We don’t know many details of Delilah’s life, but this book paints a picture of a woman, desperate to save her family and her rightful place in a community that wouldn’t recognize her.
Angela weaves her vision of who this very maligned woman in Israel’s history with the Biblical account of her encounter and ultimate downfall of Samson and his enemies. We see her move from a very broken young woman, to a caregiver and mother needing to take action to keep her family safe and fed.
I was completely captivated by this telling of the story. I found the telling of the life circumstances a fascinating possible connection to the sate of mind she must have been in to trick Samson in to sharing his secret. At the same time, to read of the development of her relationship with him breaks the typical view of Samson as a weak man who falls instantly to the temptation of a beautiful woman.
If you are looking for a book to bring Scripture to life with a fresh new breath – this should be at the top of your list.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.