Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero - eBook  -     By: Ashley Smith, Stacy Mattingly
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Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero - eBook

Zondervan / 2009 / ePub

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"He thought I was an angel from God." In March, 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 powerful and inspirational true story, the 27-year-old widowed mother shares the little-known details of her traumatic ordeal, and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book, "The Purpose-Driven Life," helped her survive and bring the alleged killer's murderous rampage to a peaceful end.

Like her captor, Ashley Smith too, has faced darkness and despair. Yet even during the most desolate times of her life, she yearned for something better. Seeking a new life, she moved to Atlanta, got a job, enrolled in a medical assistant program, and was beginning to find her way to becoming the kind of mom she wanted her little six-year-old daughter to have. Then she was taken hostage.

Here is Ashley Smith's gripping account of how this nightmare scenario developed into a remarkable connection between a man wanted for multiple murders and a single mother struggling to make a fresh beginning from her checkered and tragic past.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780310319849
ISBN-13: 9780310319849
UPC: 025986319847
Availability: In Stock

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In March 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 account, the twenty-seven-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-Driven®Life helped her survive and bring the killer’s murderous rampage to a peaceful end. Like her captor, Smith too has faced darkness and despair. Yet even during the most desolate times of her life, she yearned for something better. Seeking a new life, she moved to Atlanta, got a job, enrolled in a medical assistant training program, and was beginning to find her way to becoming the kind of mom she wanted her little girl to have. Then Brian Nichols took her hostage. Just hours earlier, he’d allegedly shot to death a judge, a court reporter, a deputy, and a federal agent and escaped in a stolen vehicle. Ashley had paid only passing attention to media coverage of the unfolding manhunt. Now she found herself face-to-face with Nichols, a desperate, heavily armed man with nothing left to lose. Unlikely Angel is Ashley’s gripping, powerful account of how this nightmare scenario developed into a remarkable connection between a man wanted for multiple murders and a single mother struggling to make a fresh beginning from her troubled past. Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the never-before-told tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Unlikely Angelis a story that will leave no reader untouched. Ashley has made appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America, 20/20, and Larry King Live.

Author Bio

Ashley Smith, a native of Augusta, Georgia lives with her family and six-year-old daughter, Paige, and is active in her church. Ashley believes that God led her through those dark hours with Brian Nichols and that she is called to tell us the highly publicized experience to help people everywhere find their purpose.

Stacy Mattingly is co-author of Unlikely Angel with Ashley Smith; Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan with Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer; and two books with Ruth Graham: In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and Legacy of Love.

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    What a blessing this story is.
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    This is an incredible story that has many lessons we can all benefit from. Although a hostage, the young woman felt God's presence and guidance throughout the ordeal and as a result, she found true freedom. Some small parts were repetitive, but she can't stress enough the miraculous way the whole situation played out. If the story were being told in fiction, everyone would say it's just too unbelievable. Many thanks to Ashley Smith and everyone who prayed for her and helped make this book a reality.
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