{Book Review and Giveaway} Captive

September 7, 2015

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Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage HeroCaptive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero by Ashley Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free review copy of this book by Ashley Smith. I thought it was a novelization of the movie, but it was actually a memoir written by Ashley Smith who was held hostage by a murder on the run in her apartment. While the I wouldn’t say the story was recounted with elegance or that it flowed seamlessly, what I really loved about this book was the gut wrenching honesty. It shows that God can use anyone for His glory. The gospel is just as relevant and real to people who are addicted to drugs as it is to the stay-at-home mom who is married to a deacon. Just because someone doesn’t look like a Christian, doesn’t mean that they aren’t. Just because they don’t walk the same way you do, doesn’t mean that they aren’t clinging to the gospel fervently. This book isn’t neat and tidy, but neither are we if we are honest.

I would give Captive a 5-star if I only based my review on the message, but I will be honest that it was incredibly hard to read. When you are stressed out and under pressure, you tend to repeat yourself a lot, and there was a ton of that in this book. The same thoughts, the same words, the same… you get the point. It was very repetitive and that really bogged me down. However, I totally believe that’s what really happened. Smith recounted the events exactly as I can picture them unfolding. She didn’t sweeten it to make it a good read. She was brutally honest and straight forward. Part of me applauds her for that, and part of me was ready to put the book down half way through. However, I pushed through and I am so glad I did.

One thing I would love to know is if she ever kept her promise to Brian. That would have really wrapped up the book for me. Just a simple, yes, or no, I never followed through because…

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Book Description from Amazon:

Now a stirring movie from Paramount Pictures—starring Kate Mara (House of Cards and Fantastic Four) and David Oyelowo (Selma)—this inspirational, news-making life story of the young female hostage who in 2005 single-handedly talked the infamous Atlanta courthouse killer, Brian Nichols, into surrendering peacefully by gaining his confidence through her prayers and personal faith and by reading passages to him from the Christian blockbuster A Purpose Driven Life.

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 Lifehelped 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.

Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Captive is a riveting story that will leave no reader untouched.

Do you like audiobooks? You can listen to the first chapter of Captive read by Ashley Smith herself here.


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Did I mention that Captive has also been made into a motion picture?

CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives.  When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life.  While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.
The movie stars David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the recent film, Selma.
Click HERE for a special greeting from David Oyelowo.

Visit the OFFICIAL WEBSITE for more information about Captive.

Share Your Story

The makers of Captive want to know what your purpose is.
We’ve all faced circumstances that have held us captive in some regard.  What has held you captive?  How did you find your purpose?
Share your purpose story at www.captivethemovie.com/followyourpurpose and also on social media with the hashtag #FollowYourPurpose.

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