What gives you purpose? Captive book review

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Disclosure: I received this book to review; opinions shared are mine.

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The Captive story vaguely floated through my mind when I started reading the book. It seems that I’d heard the headline in a newspaper or newscast. The Captive book and movie are based on the true, harrowing experience of a young woman named Ashley. She’s quite the unlikely heroine, to be honest.

Ashley wasn’t the mother of the year, struggled with recurring drug addiction, and seemed to make one poor choice after another. She wasn’t my favorite character in a book, but I still didn’t want anything bad to happen to her. As I read her story, it dawned on me that it really didn’t matter what I thought of her. God loves her, and thought her worthy of His grace, therefore I need to put aside my prejudice.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story; however, you need to know that some major changes take place in the hearts of the Captive characters. It’s a meaningful lesson to be learned within these pages. Captive will make you stop to think about your own life. What’s your purpose? Have you followed it?

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  1. Great story of hope and redemption in the face of crisis. The song played towards the end of the trailer is Oceans by Hillsong United. Ashley Smith’s book, then titled Unlikely Angel, was no. 15 on the NY Times Bestseller List in 2008

  2. I learned that this is a true story and that Ashley was a recovering meth addict.

  3. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I’ve learned that this movie is based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation,and it’s thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives.

  4. Sherry Compton says:

    I learned that tonight is the Night of Purpose…I hadn’t heard of that before actually.

  5. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    The movie is in theaters September 18.

  6. I learned Captive is a story of hope – a true story!

  7. Robin Abrams says:

    I learned that The movie is in theaters September 18. I want to see this movie

  8. Shelley Joy P says:

    I learned that the movie opens nationwide Sept 18th.

  9. Not only did I learn that it premiers September 18th but that on the official site of Captive you can tell your own story of what gives you Hope. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol L

  10. Sherry Compton says:

    I was just hearing them talk about this movie on the news today…her struggle and how she handled herself during that time. What an amazing story!

  11. Sherry Compton says:

    I learned that David Oyelowo’s wife is also in the film.

  12. I like books and movies about hostage situations, so this looks appealing to me.

  13. I learned that it is based on a true story. Sounds very good!

  14. Ashley turicik says:

    I learned that the book was made into a movie.

  15. It’s about faith.

  16. I learned that the movie opens September 18th and I definitely want to see it.

  17. Jeanine Carlson says:

    I learned the story behind the movie- how she used the bible to witness to her captor.

  18. Jeanine Carlson says:

    It is a true story.

  19. The movie is based on a true story.

  20. heather eg kaufman says:

    I learned that it is BASED ON THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY

  21. DeAnna Keller says:

    I remember when this happened. What an inspiring story of Faith and Hope!

  22. I learned that this is based on a true story!

  23. Jeanine Carlson says:

    The Purpose driven Life by Rick Warren is the book that Ashley shared with her captor.

  24. learned it’s based on a true story

  25. There’s a hashtag which, if you go there, is loaded with messages of hope.

  26. I learned that it was the book A Purpose Driven Life that was read in the story.

  27. John Baker, founder of Celebrate Recovery, stated, “Due to the strong positive response of our audiences, we are looking forward to motivating our 25,000 Celebrate Recovery ministries nationwide.”

  28. I learned that this is based on a true story!

  29. You can follow using #FollowYourPurpose on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for inspirational messages.

  30. I learned that this is a true story.

  31. I’ve seen the trailer for the movie, looks really good. This movie shows there’s always hope at the end of the tunnel.

  32. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Love that it stars Kate Mara, she’s a great actress

  33. I learned that you that pre-order the DVD and is based on a true story


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