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Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero

Ashley Smith

In 2005, Ashley Smith's life was forever changed. She was taken hostage by a man who had killed four people while trying to escape from an Atlanta courthouse. Seven hours after taking her hostage, he surrendered peacefully to the police. Captive is now a major motion pi... Read More

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In 2005, Ashley Smith's life was forever changed. She was taken hostage by a man who had killed four people while trying to escape from an Atlanta courthouse. Seven hours after taking her hostage, he surrendered peacefully to the police. 

Captive is now a major motion picture (September 2015)

Product Details:
Page Count: 272
Released: 08/2015
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jul 29, 2015
  • UPC: 9780062439208
  • Volumes/Discs: 0
  • Pages: 0
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
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What is the purpose of your life? by tickmenot on 8/16/2015

The is the true story of Ashley Smith who was held captive for seven hours by a desperate man, Brian Nichols, a fugitive from justice who shot and killed four people earlier that day. On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols shot and killed four people in the Atlanta courthouse. He then stole a car and made his getaway. While a massive man-hunt was launched to find him, Ashley was going about her business in an Atlanta suburb. Ashley already had a lot on her plate in her own life, so gave little thought to the dangerous situation unfolding around her. She didn't believe it would affect her.

At the time, Ashley was a young widow, and a drug addict. She was desperately trying to kick her drug habit, and regain custody of her five year old daughter, Paige. One of the steps she was taking to change her life was moving into an apartment on her own. Along with working on March 11th, she was busy finishing up her move that day.

While she was walking towards her apartment, Brian jumped her, held a gun to her head and forced her into her new apartment. She didn't realize he was the murderer that was on the loose until he told her who he was. That information only added to her terror.

A Life or Death Situation

This story will keep you on the edge of your seat as Ashley relates how she was able, after lots of talking and desperate prayers, to establish a rapport with Brian. To begin with, he told her he wasn't comfortable with her at all. She was terrified he was going to shoot her right then. But before the night is over, he allowed her to read to him out loud portions of her Bible study, The Purpose Driven Life. Ashley was able to convince Brian it wasn't mere chance that he ended up in her apartment complex, and taking her hostage. God arranged their meeting as part of the purpose He had for both Brian's and Ashley's lives.

She credits God for many miracles that took place during her ordeal with Brian. This includes the fact that Brian did not kill her, even though he had already killed four people just a few hours earlier. An additional amazing fact was that he eventually let her go, unharmed. Even more of her prayers were answered when Brian was taken into custody without anyone else being hurt.

Not only was this a traumatic event for Ashley to live through, her captivity with Brian became the situation that allowed her to completely turn away from drug use. Although she had been wanting to be free of this habit, she was never able to do it up until this time. This circumstance in her life became the defining moment when she was able to muster the strength to finally move forward in her life drug free. Starting September 18, the movie, Captive, based on this book is being released in theaters.

We’ve all faced circumstances that have held us captive in some regard. What has held you captive? How did you find your purpose?

I highly encourage you to go to the Captive movie site and read how others, including myself, have answered these questions. And then, consider adding your response as well! Read this exciting story, and see the movie! I am happy to say I have a copy of the 5-star book Captive to giveaway on my blog.

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