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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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Vendor: HarperCollins e-books
Publication Date: 2010
In April 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 memoir, the 26-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.
Just as she told her 6'1", 210-pound captor that his ultimate "purpose" in life was to end up spending the rest of his life in prison, preaching the teachings of Jesus Christ to his fellow inmates, Smith believes her own purpose is to spread that message of love to the rest of us. Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the never-before-told tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Unlikely Angel is a gripping tale of downfall and redemption, involving addiction, violence, death, loss, faith, and love. It is a story that will leave no reader untouched.
Ashley Smith lives in North Augusta, South Carolina with her husband Daniel Robinson and her three children Paige, Riley, and Cole. She is an imaging technician at University Hospital, loves to run, paint and enjoys crafts. She also travels the world and shares her story through public speaking, and finds it very rewarding.
Stacy Mattingly is an Atlanta-based writer.
“...a newly minted author and celebrity.”
“A remarkable tale of redemption.”
“Smith leads the reader through the long, dangerous night, minute-by-minute.”
“...could serve as a companion volume to The Purpose-Driven Life.
“Smith’s revelations offer a new wrinkle to a story that...captivated the country.”