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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Excellent. I gave some copies away.

User Review  - loudmike - Christianbook.com

I read the book and listened through the audio book on C.D. straigh through. I have given out the book along with Purpose driven life and I have given out the book on C.D. It reads and sounds like a ... Read full review

Exraordinary Story

User Review  - Hip Hap - Christianbook.com

I was very impressed with Ashley's story. I listened to it twice and then passed it on to a friend from church whos sister is an alcoholic. I thought it might give her the determination to quit ... Read full review


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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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