Thursday, April 10, 2014

Prepared for a Purpose: A Book Review

About The Book:

870 children waited in fear as their elementary school rushed into lockdown mode. As the nation faced yet another Sandy Hook story of tragedy, one woman rewrote the ending.

Yet the story doesn't start with those first steps Michael Hill took into that Atlanta elementary school. It starts with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who faced her own pain, hurt, and rejection, yet held onto grace, faith, and hope. A hope that anchored her in the most high-stakes moments, a grace that allowed her to empathize with a hurting young man, and a faith that gave her the courage to love him back from the brink.

This is more than just the amazing account of tragedy averted. It's the evidence of what we can do when we allow ourselves to be used by God. And it's a story of how God uses all of our life experiences--the good and the bad--to prepare us for our own moment of divine purpose.


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Antoinette Tuff is a true picture of grace, courage, leadership, and heroism at its best. But before she made headlines and talked a school shooter back from the brink, she was a woman who faced--and overcame--her own pain and hurt. Publicly recognized by President Obama for her courageous act that saved a school from tragedy, she's also been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for civilian heroism. Today Antoinette speaks around the world, spreading hope and sharing her inspiring message of how our lives prepare us for our own moments of purpose. She has two children. Learn more at www.antoinettetuff.com.

My Review:

Prepared for a Purpose will take you back to the day the unthinkable happened - another school shooting on August 20, 2013 and how one woman's courage saved countless lives, and reminds of the importance of God's call on our own life. We will never know what causes tragedy's like mass shootings, such as this one, Sandy Hook or most recently (again), Fort Hood. But God knows and he brings people like author Antoinette Tuff out of their own chaos and misery to impact strangers and other people's life forever. 

The book itself was a great read, easy to read and quick to read but its the story of the author that absolutely floored me and had me reading late into the night. The book alternated between the authors life experiences and the day of the shooting, reminding us that all our life experiences come together to impact situations like that which occured at the school. To be brave and courageous inspite of real danger to put others ahead of one's self is a true act of bravery and I am so glad to have read Antoinette's story. I shed tears with each chapter read and am so glad God placed His hand on her life and guided her to that day.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Prepared for a Purpose at your favorite book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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