My Rating: 4 Stars
Description:You are a man who has
vowed to protect his family, even at the cost of your own life. So you
have no other choice. . . . You must fight, Samson. You must.
is 1941, and Samson Abrams makes a life-or-death decision that lands
him, and his entire family, in the notorious concentration camp
Auschwitz. When Samson is recognized by Dr. Josef Mengele and Commandant
Rudolf Hoss as a former boxing champion, he is ordered box for their
entertainment. A win means extra rations, but the penalty for losing is
death in the gas chambers.
One question haunts Samson as he and
his family face one atrocity after another: Where is God in the face of
such evil? An unexpected friendship between the Jewish Samson and the
Polish Catholic priest Maximilian Kolbe challenges Samson to examine
what little is left of his faith, but will it give him strength when he
needs it most?
Based on true stories, "Samson: A Savior Will
Rise" blends Shawn Hoffman s thorough research with a compelling
narrative that provokes questions about faith, hope, and love.
My Thoughts: Just... Wow. The research put into this book is amazing. It comes with pictures and footnotes and other information in the back. For a history nerd like me, that just makes this awesome. Add to the historical facts, retold Holocaust stories and Samson from the Bible, and you have a very emotional read. The horrors Samson suffered were atrocious and will haunt me for a while to come.
There were some things that I did not enjoy. Every now and again there was a little bit of head hopping, and at one point Höss refers to Samson by name, even though Höss has not learned his name yet. On the whole though, I enjoyed this story about a man God used to give hope to the Jews.
*The story of Samson is not a true story, though it is drawn from many other true stories. The content is, while not described in detail, graphic and upsetting.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Thomas Nelson publishers.