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Unlikely Angel : The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2005
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"...a remarkable tale of redemption." -- Augusta Chronicle
"...could serve as a companion volume to The Purpose-Driven Life. -- Publishers Weekly
"...required reading." -- Publishers Weekly
"Smith leads the reader through the long, dangerous night, minute-by-minute." -- The Sunday Oklahoman
"Smiths revelations offer a new wrinkle to a story that...captivated the country." -- Newsweek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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We all struggled with writing this story. We prayed through the process and sought out those that would not lose the message of hope in this story. This is why we went with a Christian writer and Publisher. Yes...God was in this whole ordeal. Yes...he brought some good out of this horrible tragedy. Yes...He wants to do the same in every one of our lives. Yes...whether you want to believe it or not...God has done a miracle in Ashley's life these past 7 months. We have watched her grow physically, emotionally and spirtually. She has shared her earnings in a most generous and Biblical way with her church, victims funds, and other organizations such as Katrina Relief and World Vision. She has made the transition back into Motherhood, seeking counsel along the way. I could go on and on of her healing, but unless you are around her on a regular basis, you wouldn't understand what I'm talking about.
Those of you who are skeptics, should have sat in the jail last week as she spoke with inmates on the horrors of her life. I wish you could have sat in on the "Celebrate Recovery" meeting in Omaha as she poured her heart out to those hurting women. Seeing the looks of hope on those women's faces was such an amazing sight.Read more ›
This book teaches alot about being a Christian. Honesty is most important. The fact that she did not want anyone else killed, including the killer and showed kindness to him to reach him. Jesus says "love even your enemies". She obeyed. She trusted the Lords words. She hung on to each word of scripture she could remember at the most trying time in her life. She obeyed Gods commands, step by step she prayed quitely and God got her through it, safely. Sure she made a human mistake by offering drugs. She is a human being and we ALL make mistakes. But she was also willing to die and put her life on the line again by returning back to the appartment with a killer who just moments earlier had killed policemen and a policewoman.Read more ›
It is a shame, because this book doesn't deserve much of the criticism leveled by the detractors who are mostly bitter at the genre and not this specific title.
Unlikely Angel is a sincere story of a woman living in the tension between the Christian faith and the reality of a struggle with drugs. She knows how she ought to live her life and yet fails to achieve the ideals expected by her devout Christian grandfather and family members.
Despite what many cynics will believe. This book is not a brazen grab for publicity by Smith. She is clearly uncomfortable with celebrity and is driven by the desire to come clean and tell her story as a way of exorcising her past. Addiction and secrecy always go hand in hand and this is her attempt to put both these demons behind her. Oh sure, the publisher wants to make money, but Smith is, present tense, healing from a wounded past.
I'll also mention that Ashley Smith is incredibly smart. Though she has yet to finish her formal education and she has never had training in negotiation strategies, Smith has brilliant intuition. Police negotiators, psychologists and business negotiators would do well to pay attention to her technique.
Is Ashley Smith a hero? Maybe not. Smith did not intentionally put herself in the hostage situation. However, Smith does show sincere concern for the welfare of other people. She goes back to her apartment with her captor to avoid a public shootout when she could have driven away. For once in her life, she was more concerned for others than she was in getting her next fix.
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Easy read book and a true testimony that with God all things are possible! Thank you for sharing your story with us, keep the faith always.Published 4 months ago by BabciNH
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