Giveaway #8 – Captive

*This giveaway has ended!
Winning entry was #1 – Randi Colby!*

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.

My Thoughts:

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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  • Reply
    Randi Colby
    September 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    My purpose…we all have one but discovering it…well that is hard sometimes. I am an encourager and like to serve others. Haven’t always been living on purpose but one can always start fresh each day.

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      September 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      I agree, Randi! I have heard so many times, “What is your purpose?” and I have to say, I have no idea most days. All I know is that I love God, and want to make Him happy. I haven’t always succeeded at that, but as you said, one can always start fresh each day!

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    Marti mcallister
    September 16, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I am not sure what my purpose is life is or what God has in store for me, but I think it was raising my children and now helping raise my grandchildren. I also work at our local high school helping our young generation graduate and hopefully teaching them life lessons. Maybe having my children as young as I did was a good thing it helps me be able to communicate with my students easier.

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      September 16, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      You are in a good position to show the love of Christ to the younger generation. Whether we realize it or not, they are looking to us to see how we speak, how we act, and how we live our lives. If we are doing that in a loving, Christ-like manner, it is such a good way to give them hope for the future and to set a good example for them.

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    Wanda Tumlin
    September 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I think God has given each of us a purpose. But more than that, I think He has given most of us many purposes, not just one specific one. We will not all be a Corey Tenboom, a Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, or a Reinhard Bonnke. But we are wives, mothers, neighbors, employees, each with a role in fulfilling a Christ-like action or behavior, towards others. Perhaps that is our purpose.

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      September 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      I think that is the hard part, Mom. Not knowing if we are fulfilling our purpose, or if we should be doing something more. I know I struggle with that a lot.

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    SamieJo Stover
    September 20, 2015 at 1:52 am

    After being with the white light the idea of being left here because I have a purpose perplexes me. Thank you for what you do and who you are.

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      September 22, 2015 at 1:25 am

      It would certainly be hard to come back, wouldn’t it?

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    Alicia Fladager
    September 21, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Hmmm….my purpose….that is hard. .. I think that I am blessed though to have learned mine at a fairly young age, my purpose definitely is to guide, to teach, and to mold little ones, to teach them God’s word and His love. And it blesses me everyday♡

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      September 22, 2015 at 1:27 am

      That’s awesome, Alicia! It’s obvious all the little ones in your life adore you, so it is good that you already recognize your purpose with them. ♥

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