Book Review- Captive by Ashley Smith #flyby #followyourpurpose

I just posted last week about 90 Minutes in Heaven. Now I have an opportunity to share another faith-based book-turned-movie with you. This time, it is Captive by Ashley Smith (originally published as Unlikely Angel).



This is directly from the press release:

CAPTIVE: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero, 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 film stars Kate Mara and David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the recent film, Selma. It is being released September 18th.

Here is the official movie trailer.

From the Back of the Book:

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- now a motion picture from Paramount- 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. 


 My Thoughts

This was definitely an engaging read, as Smith brings us along on her difficult, but remarkable journey. I must say though, that I would point the focus more to the fact that she prayed for the man and shared the Word of God with him and a little less on The Purpose Driven Life specifically. Yes, that is the book she was reading at the time and no offense intended. I just think it’s important to remember the most important thing.


Find out more at the following links:


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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. My opinions are 100% my own.


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