Title: A Love Story: How God Pursued Me and Found Me
Author: Samantha Ryan Chandler
Publisher: Crossbooks, 2011
Genre: nonfiction, Christian, memoir
Obtained: from author in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Samantha Ryan Chandler looks back at her life, thus far, and explores how God was present through both the good and bad times, guiding her along the way.
Thoughts: The author wrote this story to herself looking for God in her darkest moments, the most strenuous time being the process of her divorce from a rich and powerful man in which she lost just about everything including her children. It is a short, quick read that could be a great inspiration or provider of hope to someone going through hard times, especially divorce, or someone struggling with their faith. It also could act as encouragement to reflect on one's own life or simply provide food for thought. The author's faith and courage shines throughout the book.
What I like most about this book is that the author writes about her difficult life in a light and, at times, humorous way, but still is able to show the hard times, pain, and suffering she went through. Although the book is insightful, it is unorganized and jumps around quite a bit, especially at the end where I felt like the author found she wanted to add some things, so just stuck them at the end, rather than weave them into her story where they made sense. She does state this book was not written in the traditional way, for someone to read, but rather, written to herself which explains how the book is arranged. Nevertheless, it has been published for others to read and I believe it would be a much better read if it was more organized.
French Creek Tea Company
P. O. Box 5021, Custer, SD 57730
Tea: Emerald Dreams
Obtained: from owners
Emerald Dreams, a "blend of green teas flavored with vanilla and assorted fruits", is produced by the French Creek Tea Company in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The tea is packaged in a simple, yet sophisticated looking, good quality, resealable bag which keeps the leaves fresh.
When I opened the bag, there was a strong, sweet fruity scent. The long, green leaves were mixed with chunks of fruit. I measured one teaspoon of leaves into my tea ball, placed it in my cup, and poured 6 ounces of water that had been boiled and then slightly cooled into the cup. I let this steep for 2 minutes.
The pale yellow liquid had a slight sweet vanilla scent. The delicate, sweet taste was a vanilla and fruit blend with a vanilla aftertaste. This was a sweet treat and would be great when craving something sugary, but not wanting the calories. I am not a vanilla lover but the flavor was light and not overpowering so I enjoyed this tea. I believe fans of vanilla would really enjoy this tea since the vanilla flavor lingers.