Captive by Ashley Smith

Last Updated on February 12, 2022 by ellen

Captive by Ashley SmithA few months ago, two violent criminals escaped from a prison in New York. They were on the run for weeks and since we live right on the border of Vermont and New York, there were a lot of people worrying about whether they were heading our way. This was a very nervous time for many people and we tried to take more precautions about locking our doors and not going out alone. Thankfully, they were caught without any more problems. But I wonder, what if they weren’t?

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Captive by Ashley Smith

Captive by Ashley Smith, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city-wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.

Ashley is a recovering drug addict. She’s a single mom whose husband was murdered a few years ago. She’s moved to a new apartment in a new area to try to start her life over again. She is trying to turn her life around again so she can take care of her daughter and be a better mom. One night after moving into her new apartment, she can’t sleep and decides to run to the store quickly. When she returns to her apartment, she’s kidnapped by an escaped criminal (Brian Thomas) and taken hostage in her apartment.

I cannot imagine what she went through. I certainly cannot imagine being as calm as she was. Instead of freaking out, she gets Brian Nichols to talk to her and eventually to listen to her and trust her. She gets him to talk about God and his life and he lets her go. Captive is their story.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard about Captive. It’s not the type of book I generally read, but I was intrigued. I’m glad I read it. It made me think about how our decisions and our reactions influence our lives in both good and bad ways. It made me think about how I react to people. I definitely recommend that you read it too.

The movie based on this story will be in theaters on September 18th. You can watch the trailer above.

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