Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero

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Harper Collins, Nov 16, 2010 - Religion - 272 pages
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In April 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 memoir, the 26-year-old widowed mother of a six-year-old girl shares for the first time the little-known details of her traumatic ordeal, and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The Purpose-Drivenę Life helped her survive and bring the killer's murderous rampage to a peaceful end.

Just as she told her 6'1", 210-pound captor that his ultimate "purpose" in life was to end up spending the rest of his life in prison, preaching the teachings of Jesus Christ to his fellow inmates, Smith believes her own purpose is to spread that message of love to the rest of us. Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the never-before-told tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Unlikely Angel is a gripping tale of downfall and redemption, involving addiction, violence, death, loss, faith, and love. It is a story that will leave no reader untouched.

 

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What a blessing this story is.

User Review  - beverly - Christianbook.com

This is an incredible story that has many lessons we can all benefit from. Although a hostage, the young woman felt God's presence and guidance throughout the ordeal and as a result, she found true ... Read full review

An exciting story. Hard to put down.

User Review  - sonig - Christianbook.com

I really enjoyed this book. She had a terrible experience and she knew the Lord was with her and He helped her through it. She was able to help someone else too. I followed up after reading the book ... Read full review

Contents

Seeing Pain
31
Tied Up
59
I6 What Do You Think Mine Is?
149
I9 Youre Not Dead
175
2I A Certificate
197
Saturday Breakfast
217
Walkthrough
251
A Tribute to the Victims
267
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Page 146 - But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.
Page 149 - What you are is God's gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God.
Page 173 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Page 103 - I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was growing up.
Page 149 - I asked, watching him out of the corner of my eye. He paused. Then he answered in that low tone. "I think it's to talk to people and tell them about what's happened to you.
Page 23 - What are you going to say to her? How are you going to make this up to her?
Page 16 - I turned my head slightly to check behind me, and I could see out of the corner of my eye a black man coming right for me.
Page 152 - I didn't know. All I knew was that I was going to keep working hard to get through to this guy.
Page 261 - My entire family is happy that I am whole again and part of them. I pushed them away for so long, and now they have welcomed me back.

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About the author (2010)

Ashley Smith lives in North Augusta, South Carolina with her husband Daniel Robinson and her three children Paige, Riley, and Cole. She is an imaging technician at University Hospital, loves to run, paint and enjoys crafts. She also travels the world and shares her story through public speaking, and finds it very rewarding.

Stacy Mattingly is an Atlanta-based writer.

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