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by Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick

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Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be

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Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift farther and farther away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them? When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God . . . and to their children? Bestselling author Randy Alcorn brings the heart-pounding drama of the screenplay by Alex and Stephen Kendrick to this inspiring novel that also includes subplots, characters, and backstory not seen in the movie.

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"The novel follows the lives of four police officers and their families and an immigrant construction worker and his family. Although the officers face daily challenges of murder, rape, drugs, and gang activity, they’re unprepared for the challenge of fatherhood—until tragedy strikes and each man makes a resolution. Roger Mueller’s powerful characterization of the immigrant family’s spiritual strength and dedication to one another contrasts sharply with the officers’ commitments to their jobs; that is, until one starts reading the Bible. Mueller’s depiction of Adam’s teen son’s budding trust in his father’s new commitment to parenting brings tears. With vigor and emotional intensity, Mueller delivers a compassionate, complicated story against a backdrop of families in crisis. From the creators of the surprise hit FIREPROOF." 
G.D.W.  - 2012 Audies Winner - © AudioFile Portland, Maine

On September 30th, a Christian film drama called Courageous will be released across America. It tells the story of four men wrestling with the responsibilities of fatherhood. Stephen Kendrick, who co-wrote the screenplay, described the filmmakers' intentions quite simply. He said that they hoped that when men leaving the theater will make the decision enunciated best in Joshua 24:15: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." This novelization by faith-based author Randy Alcorn recaptures the power of the movie's plot and themes. (Hand-selling tip: Courageous was created by the same team behind the hit Fireproof.)

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Chapter One

A ROYAL-RED Ford F-150 SuperCrew rolled through the streets of Albany, Georgia. The pickup's driver brimmed with optimism, so much that he couldn't possibly foresee the battles about to hit his hometown.

Life here is going to be good, thirty-seven-year-old Nathan Hayes told himself. After eight years in Atlanta, Nathan had come home to Albany, three hours south, with his wife and three children. New job. New house. New start. Even a new truck.

Sleeves rolled up and windows rolled down, Nathan enjoyed the south Georgia sunshine. He pulled into a service station in west Albany, a remodeled version of the very one he'd stopped at twenty years earlier after getting his driver's license. He'd been nervous. Wasn't his part of town—mostly white folks, and in those days he didn't know many. But gas had been cheap and the drive beautiful.

Nathan allowed himself a long, lazy stretch. He inserted his credit card and pumped gas, humming contentedly. Albany was the birthplace of Ray Charles, "Georgia on My Mind," and some of the best home cookin' in the galaxy. One-third white, two-thirds black, a quarter of the population below the poverty level, Albany had survived several Flint River floods and a history of racial tension. But with all its beauties and flaws, Albany was home.

Nathan topped off his tank, got into his pickup, and turned the key before he remembered the carnage. A half-dozen big, clumsy june bugs had given their all to make an impression on his windshield.

He got out and plunged a squeegee into a wash bucket only to find it bone-dry.

As he searched for another bucket, Nathan noticed the mix of people at the station: an overly cautious senior citizen creeping his Buick onto Newton Road, a middle-aged woman texting in the driver's seat, a guy in a do-rag leaning against a spotless silver Denali.

Nathan left his truck running and door open; he turned away only seconds—or so it seemed. When the door slammed, he swung around as his truck pulled away from the pump!

Adrenaline surged. He ran toward the driver's side while his pickup squealed toward the street.

"Hey! Stop! No!" Nathan's skills from Dougherty High football kicked in. He lunged, thrust his right arm through the open window, and grabbed the steering wheel, running next to the moving pickup.

"Stop the car!" Nathan yelled. "Stop the car!"

The carjacker, TJ, was twenty-eight years old and tougher than boot leather—the undisputed leader of the Gangster Nation, one of Albany's biggest gangs.

"What's wrong wichu, man?" TJ could bench-press 410 and outweighed this dude by sixty pounds. He had no intention of giving back this ride.

He accelerated onto the main road, but Nathan wouldn't let go. TJ repeatedly smacked Nathan's face with a vicious right jab, then pounded his fingers to break their grip. "You gonna die, man; you gonna die."

Nathan's toes screamed at him, his Mizuno running shoes no match for the asphalt. Occasionally his right foot found the narrow running board for a little relief, only to lose it again when his head took another blow. While one hand gripped the wheel, Nathan clawed at the thief. The pickup veered right and left. Leaning back to avoid the punches, Nathan saw the oncoming traffic.

TJ saw too, and he angled into it, hoping the cars would peel this fool off.

First a silver Toyota whizzed by, then a white Chevy; each veered off to avoid the swerving truck. Nathan Hayes dangled like a Hollywood stuntman.

"Let go, fool!"

Finally Nathan got a good toehold on the running board and used every remaining ounce of strength to yank the steering wheel. The truck lost control and careened off the road. Nathan rolled onto gravel and rough grass.

TJ smashed into a tree, and the air bag exploded into his face, leaving it red with blood. The gangbanger stumbled out of the truck, dazed and bleeding, trying to find his legs. TJ wanted some get-back on this dude who'd dared to challenge him, but he could barely negotiate a few steps without faltering.

The silver Denali from the gas station screeched to a halt just a few feet from TJ. "Hurry up, man," the driver yelled. "It ain't worth it, dawg. Get in. Let's go!"

TJ staggered into the Denali, which sped away.

Stunned, Nathan pulled himself toward his vehicle. His face was red and scratched, his blue tattersall shirt stained. His jeans were ripped, his right shoe torn open, sock bloody.

An auburn-haired woman dressed for the gym in black yoga pants jumped out of the passenger side of a white Acadia. She ran to Nathan. "Are you okay?"

Nathan ignored her, relentlessly crawling to his truck.

The driver of the SUV, a blonde, was giving their location to the 911 operator.

"Sir," the auburn-haired woman said, "you need to stay still."

Nathan continued his crawl, disoriented but determined.

"Don't worry about the car!"

Still moving, Nathan said, "I'm not worried about the car."

He used the tire to pull himself up enough to open the back door of the pickup. An ear-piercing cry erupted from a car seat. The little boy let loose his pent-up shock at the sight of his daddy on his knees, sweaty and bleeding. Nathan reached in to comfort him.

As sirens approached, the auburn-haired woman watched Nathan with his little boy in the tiny denim overalls. This stranger wasn't blindly obsessed with a possession. He wasn't crazy.

He was a hero—a father who'd risked his life to rescue his child.


Excerpted from Courageous by RANDY ALCORN Copyright © 2011 by Kendrick Bros., LLC. . Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovee thiss book i LOVEEEE The movie it made emotional andd im only 11! Its reminds me of losinq my dad because if how he lost his dauqhter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for every man!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!! I loved the movie too and creid like a baby with a guy that I've neve even met!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good book for teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best novels I have ever read. A must read for parents, especially fathers. Don't wait until it's too late. See for yourself now how you can make a difference in your child's life. I thought I heard there was a female version of this book. I'd love to read that. Cookie62
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about five dads, four of whom try to become better fathers. Adam Mitchell realized when his daughter was killed by a drunk driver that he was not doing what he was supposed to be doing as a godly father. This realization lead to the Resolution that they all signed. One, however, did not keep his promise and wound up in jail. Join these men on a trip to becoming godly (or for one man ungodly) lives. With action and emotion and even a few helping tips at the end, I think that you will enjoy alot! I have seen all four of the movies, but this was the first one that I read. The book is so much better than the movie. I think that you will enjoy. ~Jeremy
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The book came out first DUH dumbO
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am on chapter 35 of the book and i love it!!!! I feel like i am really ther witnessing the events. I get to love Emily that i cried when she died. This book shows that God will help dads be all that they need to be. I love how Adam gets close to dylan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This just reminds everyone that life isn't always going to be roses. There will be heartache & God can help you through it.
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Love it. The movie is awesome too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everybody should read it
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We we'er made to be courageous. We we'er made to lead the way......-Mercy Me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was impressed with how the Author gave great guidance to men, husbands, and fathers. It was interesting getting to know the characters in the book and how their lives were very relatable. The turmoil within the characters' lives was realistic which helped me to relate to these characters. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others!! I also was able to find a SUPER deal on this was FREE for one day and I snagged it!! What a DEAL!!!
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I rented this book from my library last year when it was released & bought it again on my tablet a few months ago. This book is based on the movie Courageous & expresses the duties of men in the force, the responsibility of fathers, the effects of trauma & depression, strength of family, importance of purity, etc. It is a great family book & the characters are so real & vivid, you feel the struggle & triumph. I laughed, I cried, I prayed, & I felt every adrenaline-filled moment. This book is a thriller, which keeps you hooked. Another plus is it reveals the heart of our Father through comfort and grace. A must read you won't be able to put down! You won't be disappointed by amazing author Randy Alcorn & the directors of the movie, Alex & Stephen Kendrick. From the men who brought you Fireproof, enjoy Courageous, & stand up & lead.
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