Do you remember this story from Atlanta in 2005? Brian Nichols, murder suspect and jail-escapee, kidnapped Ashley Smith and held her hostage in her apartment for seven hours. I was completely unfamiliar with this story, possibly because we lived in another country at the time that this real-life miracle took place, so I was unprepared for the amazing account, written by Ashley Smith. Just to be clear (especially because I have one copy to give away!), Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero is not a novelization of the movie. This is actually Ashley's memoir, formerly published as Unlikely Angel. It gives a minute-by-minute account of what happened in those terrifying seven hours.
I COULD NOT put this book down! I read it in two days. It is a truly miraculous story! Not only did Ashley connect with Brian Nichols enough to minister to him and keep him from harming her, she was able to escape and see that he was taken in to custody peacefully. Her broken life was also touched and she received grace and healing for a brand new start.
This is a wild story. A wild and crazy, God story!
I am looking forward to seeing this movie. I imagine it will be intense and very moving. My 19 year old daughter took my copy of the book and read it for herself on a recent trip. We are looking forward to seeing the movie together. In case you haven't noticed yet, the movie rating is PG-13. Obviously there will be adult themes (including violence and substance abuse).
The movie comes out this Friday, September 18!
Paperback; 272 pages
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. Check here for a theatre near you.
The movie stars David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the recent film, Selma, and Kate Mara, who was most recently in Fantastic Four.
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