DESIRED: The Story of Samson & Delilah releases in a couple of weeks. It’s my favorite novel I’ve written, but because the women of the story reveal so much heartache and hope. Samson’s mother, who is never named in the Bible, opens the book. We begin to understand what it’s like to raise the world’s most notorious prodigal son, and what it takes to believe God is good when the reality seems to be that our faith in God has only led us to disappointment. I was tickled to read the novel described as “jaw-droppingly honest.” I think faith grows best when people can air everything they feel and fear. There are times when we are tempted to believe all is lost, and God is not who we hoped. And while we all probably know what the end of Samson’s story is (which is like Hair-Meets-Titanic) I hope you find surprising revelations, courage and strength in the ending of the mother’s story. I know that I did.
Here are a few oddball facts I discovered while researching the book:
We’d like to think of Samson as a Fabio look-alike. He was probably more like a rogue member of ZZ Top with hair that dragged the ground. He would have been a strange sight. Stranger, too, to think this wild man was God’s choice for deliverance.
Delilah was no seductress. She is never accused, even by the biblical writers, of being one. She is, however, a nag. Seriously. Read the biblical account. She learns Samson’s secret by nagging him. She wears him down by pestering him. Perhaps this is why, when storytellers deviate from the biblical account, they paint her as an aloof temptress. It’s a shock to think the world’s strongest man was no match for a persistent woman. But then, most women already suspect that.
And finally, Samson killed dozens and dozens of men at a time. By hand. Or with crude implements. It would have been a full day’s work on some occasions, at least eight hours. Samson was scarier than we imagined, not sexier.
The real heroine in the story is the one woman who is never given a name. His mother. But I loved Delilah, too, because she was broken enough to betray the man who truly loved her.
So look for the book to hit your local bookstore or online retailer. I will be emailing updates of my signing schedule this fall, but I will be busy wrapping up the Jezebel novel, so I won’t be on the road as much as I’d like.
Until we meet,