Thursday, December 10, 2009
Samantha of Samaria by John Ramsey
Samantha’s life resembles the broken lamp she finds on her floor one morning—shattered and useless. Overcome by loneliness and despair, she makes her way to the local well to draw water—after the other women in the village have returned to their homes. At the well, Samantha meets a man who seems to feel the depth of her pain and hurt—though she’s sure they’ve never met before.
David’s parents named him for Israel’s greatest king, but their son grows up to be nothing like his royal namesake. After insulting his kind and generous father, David leaves home with his inheritance. Only when he’s lost it all does he seek the company of Samantha, the town’s “fallen” woman. Even there, however, he knows no peace, no satisfaction. Still searching, he eventually finds what he’s been longing for. And while Samantha’s life is being transformed at a well, David’s is redeemed in a pigpen.
In Samantha of Samaria, the lives of the woman at the well from John 4 and the prodigal son from Luke 15 intersect in a fictional account that illuminates the truth of redemption in a striking and powerful way. Readers will also recognize several of Jesus’ parables as seen through the eyes of David, the prodigal. Throughout the tumultuous and difficult lives of these two individuals, God remains faithful, as He does today— always calling, always drawing His loved ones back to Himself.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Winepress Publishing (August 13, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches