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The third and final (?) novel in Angela E. Hunt’s Dangerous Beauty series continues her previous decision to bring depth and meaning to Bible characters that the church does not usually bring to the forefront. In this novel, Hunt gives her depiction of the story of Delilah, a woman famous for betraying the famous Biblical judge Samson. In the Bible, Delilah was the second wife of Samson; a woman who appeared to be willing to do anything to get what she wanted, including betraying her own husband. Hunt invites one to look past this famous offense and into the very heart of this woman named Delilah. The novel focuses on two main characters, Samson, and Delilah. Told in first person by these two characters, the story teaches the reader that while neither of these people are perfect, both are loved by a Holy God. In Hunt’s depiction there is no greater penalty for Delilah’s sins than for Samson’s. Throughout the story she reinforces the Biblical truth that all sin is equal in God’s eyes. The opening chapters of this novel introduce the reader to Samson as a young man, and Delilah as a teenage girl. Samson is depicted as a somewhat spoiled and arrogant young man who thinks that he can use his gift from God for his own benefit. While he does care for his nation, he cares more for himself. Against the advice of his parents, Samson marries a spoiled young Philistine woman who will only bring him grief in the end. After the tragic death of his young wife, Samson vents his anger against the Philistines, but finds that it brings him no relief. Alone, still angry, and somewhat humbled, Samson sets off on his own to discover his purpose. Delilah is a fiery teen who grew up in a somewhat tumultuous environment. Her mother was a slave, until she fell in love with a rich Philistine businessman and they married. This gave Delilah’s mother both social standing and a roof over her head. However, Delilah’s stepfather has a bitter son named Achish who is waiting for his father to die in order to claim the inheritance. Delilah does not understand why Achish is always taunting her and seems to appear wherever she goes. The sudden death of her stepfather grants Achish his coveted inheritance…and control over the futures of both Delilah and her mother. Achish sells Delilah’s mother back into slavery, and keeps Delilah as his concubine/slave. Delilah suffers abuse of the worst kind at the hands of Achish, and becomes bitter against God and the world. Eventually she escapes her physical captivity, but is still a prisoner in her own mind. A group of traveling tradesman save her life and find a safe home for her with a widow known as a talented weaver. Delilah discovers that she is pregnant as a result of Achish’s abuse, and is more grateful than ever for her home with the widow. She hardens her heart against love for the child, because it reminds her of her captor. In the novel, Samson and Delilah are depicted as two hurting people looking for the answer to their grief. Initially they find distraction from their pain in their love for one another, but soon learn that this is not enough to heal old scars. The ending of the novel is accurate to the Biblical account…with a twist. To find out what it is….read the book!;) This novel, like the others in the series, would make an excellent Bible film, if done correctly. As I have said before, I believe that Christian authors should be involved in the creation of movies based on their books. Which is why I believe that Hunt would need to be involved in the making of this hypothetical movie. We here at Box Office Revolution continue to wait for that glorious day when Christian movie makers will realize the potential found in Christian novels.

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