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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785264477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785264477
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

I started preaching while still in Bible college, and am still at it more than three decades later. In 2003, God gave me the writing career I've always dreamed of, which added a whole new dimension to my life and ministry. Balancing two professions (pastor and author) isn't always easy, but I enjoy the challenge. Thankfully, I'm surrounded by a great supporting cast, including my wonderful wife, Marilyn, a great literary agent (Lee Hough), and a happy church family.

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.

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend all men to read the book.
Daniel R. Umstead
Mark Atteberry's insights of Samson are very practical and hard-hitting in our own life.
D. Hess
I really enjoyed the book and took my time reading it.
BattleBornNV

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Jarvis on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Wow! what an awkward name for a book. but it really is kinda like that. A summary of this book is the 12 things that can drag a man down in his leadership in the home, in Church, and his relationship with God. (In my eyes.) These 12 points are taken from the character of Samson, and his weak personality traits that led him to his undoing.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on August 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
right now....But I wholeheartedly recommend all Christians pick this one up..men and women alike. It's true Atteberry has a style of writing that grabs the readers attention. In the same style as Lucado, he is able to relate on all levels and all experiences we have in this life and tie it into the experiences the scriptures show happened before. What can also be felt though this book are the Leadership undertones essential in anyone who leads or manages people. I am currently recommending it to Managers in my place of work...Christian and non Christian alike...Pick it up...it's hard to put down! YBIC
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Samson Syndrome by Mark Atteberry (Minister at Poinciana Christian Church) is a thoroughly "user friendly" self-help book for Christians (especially Christian Men), concerning the lessons that can be learned from the Strongest Man of Biblical Old Testament lore. Cautioning against errors common to the strong (including the tendency to use anger as a tool, take too much for granted, or lose sight of the big picture), The Samson Syndrome is profound in both its universally applicable advice and in its encouragement of a Christian faith in God.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. on October 11, 2005
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I feel this book is very interesting in that it offers insight and direction concerning the thoughts and behavior of men. It offers a God center showing that there is a way to avoid the pitfalls that many of us often blindly fall into. Great reading, insight and challenging.
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Fantastic and amazing!!! I had done some slipping to be truthfully honest with my current girlfriend and he informed me to take a step back and check out a book. I did within a week I was completed and I am on my second turn of reading the book. I have become stronger as a Man of God with this book and able to continue in my relationship with my girlfriend as a true Man of God and not a replica. This book has fulfilled me day by day as I make small changes in my life. You will enjoy this book chapter after chapter. I would highly recommend all men to read the book.
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By BattleBornNV on June 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
“The Samson Syndrome – What You Can Learn From the Baddest Boy in the Bible” by Mark Atteberry was a kick to my gut. Samson was chosen by God, and given the call to deliver God’s chosen people. Samson couldn’t succeed in that mission because of his own ego in the way.

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.
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By Bob G on June 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
“The Samson Syndrome – What You Can Learn From the Baddest Boy in the Bible” by Mark Atteberry was as much a pleasure as “The Solomon Seduction.”

In this offering Atteberry breaks down the life of a famous failure from the scriptures – Samson. Chosen by God, and given a call to deliver God’s chosen people, Samson serves self and never gets around to fulfilling the calling on his life.

Atteberry breaks the material down into twelve tendencies for the modern man – like “The Solomon Seduction” it is geared toward men, and (again) there is much content female readers could benefit from as well.

Some of the tendencies the author identifies and explores

Strong Men Tend to Disregard Boundaries
Strong Men Tend to Struggle with Lust
Strong Men Tend to Ignore Good Advice
Strong Men Tend to Use Anger as a Tool
Strong Men Tend to Have Big Egos
Strong Men Tend to Take too Much for Granted
All of these are backed up by examples from the life of Samson.

In each section, Atteberry provides warning signs and signals of the condition as well as ways to remedy and return to closer walk with God.

Also included in the book is a study guide for use in small groups.

“The Samson Syndrome” is a timely work and well worth the read by any man who is concerned about the temptations in the world today. It, too, will guide you back in repentance, or keep you on track. I recommend it.

(I will be posting a few of these book reviews as a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger Program J
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