Can you learn from the life of an egotistic, immature playboy who wasted the talents, gifts and abilities that were given to him? Of course! Why then would God devote four chapters to the story of this man if there was nothing to learn from his life?
As I prepared sermons for more than ten years, I have had these thoughts about Samson in the book of Judges. I was surprised to read that Mark Atteberry, the author, had the same thoughts when he wrote “The Samson Syndrome: What You Can Learn From the Baddest Boy in the Bible”. This book, as I reviewed it, is a study of the life of Samson and it reveals twelve tendencies that he had which are also common to men of strength. Each tendency is explained as seen in the Bible character’s life, shown how they are each a common struggle for strong men. The best part is that helpful and realistic suggestions are provided for each predisposition.