In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment. In this moving, inspirational account, Ashley shares the details of her traumatic ordeal and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The Purpose-Driven Life helped her survive and bring the killer’s murderous rampage to a peaceful end.
Like her captor, Smith too has faced darkness and despair. Seeking a new life, she moved to Atlanta, got a job, enrolled in a medical assistant training program, and was beginning to find her way to becoming the kind of mom she wanted her little girl to have. Then Brian Nichols took her hostage. Just hours earlier, he’d allegedly shot to death a judge, a court reporter, a deputy, and a federal agent and escaped in a stolen vehicle. Now she found herself face-to-face with Nichols, a desperate, heavily armed man with nothing left to lose.
To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment and let me know what you think *your* purpose in life is. Have you discovered it? Do you think you have a specific purpose? If so, what is it? As always, make sure to use a valid email address, as that is how the winner will be contacted.
Captive is an honestly written book, that gives you a first-hand look at what Ashley Smith was going through during the hours she was held hostage. The fear, the doubt, the desperation, and finally even the peace she came to when she realized that God was there with her.
Her story is amazing, and you can definitely see God’s hand throughout her entire ordeal. I applaud her courage, and I am thrilled to see how God has turned her life around. In my personal opinion, I did not feel that The Purpose Driven Life really held the key to how all of this played out; in was mentioned a few times, very briefly, but it was really Ashley’s own faith in God, her prayers, and her passionate desire to survive that ultimately changed this hostage situation.
Captive is now a major motion picture, being released on September 18, 2015. I will definitely see the movie, but from the trailer below, it seems like there are a lot of things that aren’t true to the book itself. That being what it is, I would highly suggest reading Ashley Smith’s true account via her book so that you can get her story first-hand … and not just the movie version.
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Good luck, and I hope you all have a chance to read this!
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