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The Samson Syndrome: What You Can Learn from the Baddest Boy in the Bible Paperback – April 1, 2003
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About the Author
Mark Atteberry is the award-winning author of eleven books. He has been the preaching minister of Poinciana Christian Church in Kissimmee, Florida since 1989. A popular speaker, he has preached and led workshops at countless churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats. He is married to Marilyn, his high school sweetheart.
More About the Author
Our daughter, Michelle, made us grandparents for the first time this spring ('06). Little Alyssa Nicole Messina is on her way to a wonderful life. I mean, really. On her 6-week birthday she toured Busch Stadium in St. Louis with her grandpa. Now that's what I call getting off to a good start in life!
People often ask about my sax playing. I'm no Charlie Parker, but I've been sucking on reeds for almost forty years. I am a jazzer at heart, and am blessed to have the opportunity to play in the Poinciana Christian Church worship band every Sunday.
Top Customer Reviews
Mixed in as well are some rather humorous stories, and some hard hitting ones as well. Not only this, but the pages of this book are backed up by scripture (be wary of the Christian book that doesnt!) I would suggest this book for anyone who is tired of falling in the same sins, that seem stuck, or just want to be better men (or women) I remember reading this for the first time, and then after I was done with a chapter, I had to go, "Wow God, is this me?" It was a true growing experience, and even now when I read it, I get cool new stuff. Good book.
I have found that Mark Atteberry does a great job of analyzing scripture for lay people like me that sometimes doesn't get what scripture says. Mark addresses the trials in Biblical days that are similar to today and helped me to understand that even though Samson had physical strength, he still lacked the strength and wisdom to do God's will. The book had defined and identified that Samson's weaknesses were no different than any man of today.
Although I was not in total agreement with everything written in the book of his suggestions that will fit every man that reads this book, I did learn about the constant effort to become a better Christian in life by using Samson as a great example of a man with a God given strength even had weaknesses no different than any other man or even a woman of today. Mark Atteberry uses Biblical verses to help justify his suggestions of learning to be a better follower of Christ.
The part I wish Mark Atteberry could have expounded more on was the trials of single men or dealing with overly aggressive males that want to rule the world by crushing anyone that gets in the way like co-workers or authority figures. The book seemed to focus too much on married men dealing with their wives. This the reason I had to give this book a four star rather than a five star rating.
Atteberry breaks down the book into twelve tendencies for the present day man. Each tendency is broken down into a chapter and back with scriptural reference. Also each tendency is given a familiar story of those strong men in your lives (including yourself). As the book boasts, “Written in a compassionate, funny, and practical style, The Samson Syndrome offers readers powerful ideas for making sure they use their greatest strengths to honor God in every situation.”
A few of the tendencies discussed:
• Strong Men Tend to Disregard Boundaries
• Strong Men Tend to Struggle with Lust
• Strong Men Tend to Ignore Good Advice
• Strong Men Tend to Have Big Egos
• Strong Men Tend to Take too Much for Granted
Also included in the back of the book is a study guide and some discussion questions that help aid in identifying some of these issues in your life.
I really enjoyed the book and took my time reading it. I would recommend it to mostly young men, but women could also take some knowledge and wisdom from it. Pick up a copy because it is a worthwhile read and you won’t be disappointed.
I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Look Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
This review was originally posted on BattleBornNV website.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read, gives a lot of insight into Samson's faults and how they plague many of the men in our society today.Published 7 months ago by Nell
I wish someone would've given me this book when I was a teenager! I'd recommend for ANY man, young or old, to read this. It WILL help you. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Aaron
It's exactly what I ordered.
Looking for more books by Mark Atteberry, the author.
One of the best men's books you'll ever read. Great for personal or group study. I put it right up there in importance with 'Wild at Heart' and 'The Man in the Mirror.'Published 14 months ago by KLOlund
i have not read much of it, but from what i have read it will be useful in teaching bible classPublished 14 months ago by reece