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Courageous: A Novel

Courageous: A Novel

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by Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick

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Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
From the creators of Fireproof comes an inspiring new story about everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. 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


Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
From the creators of Fireproof comes an inspiring new story about everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. 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?

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Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). Prior to starting EPM, he served as a pastor for 14 years. He has spoken around the world and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. 

Randy is the best-selling author of over 35 books (4 million in print), including the novels Deadline, Dominion, and Deception, Safely Home, as well as The Chasm and Courageous. His nonfiction works include Heaven; If God is Good; Managing God's Money; Money, Possessions and Eternity; The Purity Principle; The Treasure Principle; The Grace and Truth Paradox; and The Law of Rewards. Randy has written for many magazines and produces the popular periodical Eternal Perspectives. He's been a guest on numerous radio and television programs, including Focus on the Family, The Bible Answer Man, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, Truths that Transform, and Faith Under Fire

The father of two married daughters, Randy lives in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife and best friend, Nanci. They are the proud grandparents of several grandchildren.

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TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
The life of a deputy sheriff is no easy job. It requires split-second judgment, level headed confidence, and a genuine concern for the public they serve. Courageous takes a deep look into the lives of four deputies, their choices in life, their wives, their children and their friends. The writing is very realistic and believable and gives the reader a front row seat to the drama that is everyday life for them. The amazing stories emphasize life threatening situations on a daily basis and how easily their life's focus can alter their family life The characters are well written with distinct personalities, ups and downs, and struggles that many in today's world face. Their development and growth is influenced by their desire to make life better by starting within their own families. There are valuable lessons for all in this book, but especially for fathers who want to "man-up" and make a difference to those they love and serve. A perfect gift for fathers, young or old.
MissHoneyBee More than 1 year ago
Sometimes novels can be as powerful as sermons, and for me this was one of those times. I isn't a perfect book, but it caused me to really think about how much (or how little) time I spend with my family, what the outcomes of my choices might be, and inspired me to want to witness to others more and study my Bible more. There are some mature elements (violence, drug content, etc.), but this is primarily a book for fathers. There were also some moments of humor, though one of them which involved deception seemed a bit on the questionable side to me--funny, but unnecessary. Overall it was a fast-paced book for me. The characters could have been developed a bit more length, perhaps. I hope fathers read this and are truly inspired to change their priorities. Fathers are very important, not to mention the other parts of a family! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
CNJohnson More than 1 year ago
Randy Alcorn recently wrote the novelization, "Courageous", to go along with the movie by the same name. The first third of the book introduced me to police action and the characters including: 1. Nathan and Karla Hayes and children who move to Albany, GA, Nathan's home town, so Nathan can join the police force and be near William Barrett, a man who mentored him when a father had not been there for him. 2. David Thomson who has a daughter by a woman he never married, but in the meanwhile becomes Nathan's police partner. 3. Adam and Victoria Mitchell who have high drama in their family including the fear of losing their teen son to other influences. 4. Tom Lyman, now in a retirement center and in a wheel chair, Adam's older godly mentor. 5. Brad Bronson, a character in Randy Alcorn's other police novels, as well as a mention of Ollie, lead character in Alcorn's novels. (Brad has moved to Georgia from Oregon.) 6. Shane Fuller, partner of Adam. 7. Javy who writes an inspiring letter thanking his father. 8. "TJ was the son of no man and the father of a gang of men." After the first fourteen chapters to page 111 when I had essentially figured out the above characters, I couldn't put the book down until I had read all 362 pages. Then I knew why I had to get all of that early background for the last two-thirds of the book. I am not giving away the plot to the book and spoiling it for you because the movie will be coming out in a month and I haven't seen that movie. I wonder what is in the book that will not be in the movie. I know Alcorn is a dog lover and dogs are in the book. I wonder if dogs will be in the movie. Alcorn has been a long-time defender of right to life and that comes out in the novel. I wonder if that is in the movie. Alcorn milks this plot for a lot of Christian themes: God's leading, prayer, sanctity of human life, forgiveness, redemption, hospitality, responsibility of parents and even Charles Spurgeon, a favorite preacher of Alcorn, only to mention a few themes. Some will call this a preachy novel. However, everyone is not converted in the novel, and we have an ETERNAL PRESPECTIVES (name of Alcorn's ministry) ending to look forward to, not an earthly Hollywood ending in the book and probably not in the movie that I have yet to see. Adam dreams about one day in heaven dancing with his daughter. One reviewer didn't think that heavenly scene was necessary, but I think this heavenly dream is VERY Randy Alcorn who is also known for such books as "Heaven". You have to consider some questions. Why can't Christians wonder about eternity? Must novels only entertain? Why can't they instruct? "Pilgrim's Progress" does. Realistically Alcorn says at the end: "To most people, none of this--not what these men were doing now, nor what He [Christ] did two thousand years ago--made sense. From the outside, grace and truth, honor and courage, seldom do." Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick wrote and produced the movie as they also did other films including "Fireproof". "The Resolution for Men" and "The Resolution for Women" are spin-off books from this film, like "The Love Dare", was a spin off book from "Fireproof". The promos for their movie "Courageous" are all about fathers, absent fathers, and the need to RESOLVE to be a better parent. I am not sure how thorough "The Resolution" books a
rtwins More than 1 year ago
God desires for every father to courageously step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. But more than just being there or providing for them, he is to walk with them through their young lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their Father in heaven. A father should love his children and seek to win their hearts. He should protect them, discipline them, and teach them about God. He should model how to walk in integrity, and treat others with respect and should call out his children to become responsible men and women who live their lives for what matters in eternity. ~ Adam Mitchell Adam Mitchell and Nathan Hayes, both police officers following Christ, have witnessed tragic experiences in their lives and the lives of their co-workers. Adam begins to develop a burden to see the men in his community step up and become the courageous men that Joshua 1:7 mentions. Adam and Nathan witness local gangs further destroying fatherless homes, but they never expect how deep the gangs are rooted in their police force and families. What can these men do to begin to bring change to the city of Albany, Georgia ? Author Randy Alcorn masterfully wrote this novel from the script of the movie of the same name, set to be released September 30, 2011.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Randy Alcorn in his new book "Courageous" which is a novelization of the screenplay by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick and is published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us a look into fatherhood. Four men work as police officers in Georgia. Each of these men have issues from their own childhoods that they are bringing into their current family relationships and are driving their children away from them. One knows how to deal with his daughter but not his son because his son has interests other than his. One never met his father but is doing all he can to be the best husband and father in his family. Another drinks to hide his pain. These four men sign a Resolution to be there for their children and despite near death experiences at the hands of criminals and the stress of their jobs, they become closer to their children by helping each other make better choices. There are amazing themes in "Courageous". Some are gang violence, drug and alcohol use, relationships, restoring relationships and accountability for men. It is an exciting story as these men come against the Gangster Nation and their lives are in danger. I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Mr. Alcorn is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours, non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
kwaub More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of the book "Courageous" by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick for review purposes from Tyndale House. The book is based on the screenplay, which is to be released on September 30, 2011 and based on what I read in the book I can't wait to see the movie. This book is a great tool for fathers looking to become closer to their children. When I got the opportunity to read and review this book, I was sort of skeptical about it because I normally like watching the movie and then reading the book, just in case I missed something in the movie. Now I am glad I have read this, just because I know what I have learned from reading will help me with my own child sooner rather than later. I really enjoyed how the authors conveyed the story of how to be a better father through the trials and tribulations of these different men, all with different backgrounds, and probably different beliefs. All of them ended up having the same goal, and that was to be a better man and father.
Mother-of-ThreeJM More than 1 year ago
On September 30th, the highly anticipated movie by the creators of Facing the Giants and Fireproof will be released. I had the amazing opportunity by Tyndale House Publishers to review the book Courageous. Yes, you heard me right, the book. Randy Alcorn took the screenplay for Courageous written by Alex and Stephen Kendrick and wrote a novel telling the story of four law enforcement officers seeking to make a God honoring, lifelong impact on their children through their role as fathers. Here's the synopsis from Tyndale's website: "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15 Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They are willingly to stand up to the worst the streets have to 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 further and further away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those that 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? Protecting the streets is second nature to these law enforcement officers. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That takes courage." I have never before read a book before seeing the movie portrayal of the story. But based on the amazing story found within the pages of this book, I can't imagine being disappointed on September 30th! The book includes subplots, characters and backstory that will not be seen in the movie. Alcorn moves the story along, but it is an amazing ride. He captures well the typical humor and raw emotion that we have become accustomed to with the stories from Sherwood Pictures. What I appreciated most about the book is Alcorn's careful attention to making much of Christ and the clear message that any good in us comes from Him while at the same time encouraging the personal responsibility of making self sacrificing decisions for the glory of God. You will see this in the conversations between one of the more seasoned sheriff's deputies and his younger rookie partner. The older deputy is portrayed in the very first chapter of the book and through his courageous action in the very beginning, he earns the ability to be able to speak into his partner's life. The book releases in August, while the movie doesn't release until September 30th. Whether you read the book before or after seeing the move, DO BOTH! You will not regret having this story in print! There are discussion questions included at the end of the book. This would be an amazing resource for a mentoring relationship or for use with a small group of men meeting together for discipleship. Grab this book and see Micah 6:8 played out on the streets of Albany, Georgia! "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." You can visit my
ReadingRoom More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book for fathers. It reminds us of what's really important....God and Family are the #1 priorities, which we often forget in the busyness of this world and culture. The book is well-written and makes good entertainment, but more importantly it provides us with life lessons that we can apply to our own lives. This book really made me think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your movies are great! Ive watched all your movies and am hoping you come out with another one! Some of them just make me wanna cry! Its nice to know we can trust that your guys movies good to watch! God bless you, you are an awsome work"
MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
After reading, and watching, books and movies like Facing The Giants, and Fireproof, I saw real talent in the Kendrick brothers, and the authors who wrote the novels. So, when I saw that Courageous was out, I jumped at the chance to review it. Sadly, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Oh, don't get me wrong, the messages are strong, the value was great. But, it still fell short. Four small town Georgia cops are faced with the same thing: commitment. They all have families and love them, but their attention seems more focused on their jobs. When Adam Mitchell, one of those four cops, learns of a tragic accident that his young daughter is in, he learns that there is more to life than being a cop. He finds that life is more fulfilled when being the father, and the husband that he needs to be. As he looks back on his life while his daughter was there, he learns that if he would have just taken a few extra moments......but God always prevails and through Adam's lessons, he teaches the other officers on the force what it means to turn your life over to God completely, and being the father, and husband he was made to be. As Adam makes the pack, he learns of more cynical things happening within the force. A father that made the pact with Adam goes against all that he has vowed and learned, leaving behind a young boy who is in desperate need of guidance. But, Adam prevails once again and makes a vow to be there for that young boy. Through all that is happening, Adam Mitchell learns the greatest lesson of all: the power of a Father's love. While this wasn't my favorite novel,it was a good read. I found that it tended to drag on and on. However, the message was still standing strong in the end, and I believe that every man, be they a father or husband, would benefit from reading this novel. The writing style of Randy Alcorn is wonderful and he did a fantastic job at novelizing the Kendrick brothers' screenplay. A 3 Book worthy novel!
TheElizabethP More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of Steven and Alex. They have a wonderful gift. Nice to see them at it again.
reading_to_kids More than 1 year ago
Courageous is a story of four police officers and their families with Christian and father themes. The story is set in Georgia with police officers in different stages of their careers and families. After the suicide of a comrade, Adam decided he needed to evaluate his life. He was led to reconnect with his son by beginning to run with him. With mentoring help from Tom, a man in an Assisted Living Home, Adam decides on certain goals and expectations to become the kind of husband and father he wants to be, in the process becoming a better person himself. As the story unfolds, Adam connects to many police officers and has heart-felt conversations with them. Eventually many of the officers decide to agree to a pact to work together and help each other. Others make strides toward improving in their own way. The story includes much that was interesting about the daily life of a police officer and its challenges. It was weird to me to read about others’ exchanges about Christ because it seems like they do not happen quite as often as portrayed and when they do, they are pretty special. It is important to know of the power that comes into one’s life with Christ’s help when making changes, but those parts sometimes bogged me down. Otherwise I enjoyed the themes that helped me to reflect on my own relationship with my wife and boys. I had to think about what I am doing to be a better person myself as well.
CMB_MMB More than 1 year ago
I had read Fireproof which was based on the Screenplay by the Kendricks and it was very good, so I assumed this would be very good also. I ran across this accidentally when I was looking for another book. I loved this book and am now looking forward to seeing the film. It is a tear provoking book. (I found myself crying several times while reading it.) I highly recommend it to all families. What holds true for fathers also is true for mothers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book (and the movie) touches the heart of what we are living today. You will laugh and you will cry, but most of all it will cause you to take an enter-look at yourself to see what's really important.
ShoopettesBooks More than 1 year ago
This book focuses on five guys, four of whom are police officers in Albany, Georgia. Each of them is a father of various skills and relationships levels. They range from heavily involved with their families to an ignored one-night-stand. When tragedy strikes one of them, it affects them all. Will they turn to God and become the fathers that He wants them to be, or will they decide it is too hard, and risk losing their kids forever? As for the book, it was okay. I think this is one of those rare instances where the movie is probably going to be better than the book. To be fair, this isn't a book that was turned into a movie. This was a movie that was turned into a book. That doesn't often work out too well. There were some very funny moments in this book. The interactions between one of the police officers and a manual laborer he hired to help with some work around his house were hilarious. But, the interactions between the rest of the officers felt forced and unnatural. I kept thinking that people don't talk like this. I sometimes felt the same way watching the two previous movies, but it was more awkward reading it in a book. I will say that I liked the message of the book. I think it is very important to be a good father to your children. I do know one thing for sure. If my daughter ever asks me to dance, I definitely will.
Christin87 More than 1 year ago
Police officer, Adam Mitchell, spends his days fighting crime on the gang-ridden streets of Albany, Georgia. He knows the statistics--that the vast majority of gang members come from fatherless homes--but as a father himself, he feels that his physical presence in his children's lives is "good enough". But when life brings a sudden reminder that he only has one chance at fatherhood, Adam, along with friends Nathan Hayes, Shane Fuller, David Thomson and Javier Martinez, resolve to love God and love their families courageously. Courageous by Randy Alcorn is a novelization of the screenplay written by Alex and Stephen Kendrick (makers of the movie Fireproof). I felt that Courageous was much more like the Kendrick brothers' Fireproof than any of Randy Alcorn's other novels, but being a fan of both, I enjoyed it very much. It felt a lot like the sequel to Fireproof, except with all new characters. There are several main characters in the book and for about the first third, I felt like I was chasing them around in my head and trying to pin down who was who. Unfortunately, because of that, I never quite made a connection with the characters in a way I felt I should. The message of Courageous is an excellent one! Unfortunately, I think sometimes the story got lost in the message, but overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it--especially to fans of Fireproof or Facing the Giants. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie when it is released. Bonus features in the book included a reading group guide and production and movie photos that give you sneak peek behind the scenes on the set of the movie Courageous.
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dkinney1 More than 1 year ago
The Kendrick brothers did it again....create a dramatic story that points us to God and inspires us to live for Him. Together, with help from Randy Alcorn who wrote this book from the screenplay, they have created a fantastic story. In Fireproof, the story was about the marriage relationship. In Courageous, it is about the relationship of a father and child. It is not just about being a good father but a Godly father. Each character in this story is challenged to be a better father. Each challenge is unique so everyone can relate specifically to someone in the story. I have been inspired and challenged by this story as well as all the stories that the Kendrick brothers have created. They have a gift and are using it to points others to Christ. I am looking forward to watching the movie when it comes out on September 30th, but I always prefer to read the book first. Most often, the book is always better. Tyndale House has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review, and this has been my favorite book from Tyndale House that I have had a chance to review.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Courageous : a novelization by Randy Alcorn; based on the screenplay by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick Randy, Alex & Stephen are calling men to be courageous in this book. To be the Godly husband and father in their households. They bring to light the problems of absent fathers. A father can be in the same home and be as uninvolved in his families life as the man who don't live under the same roof. The main characters are police officers and they are seeing the results of absentee fathers in the streets. Each man has his own struggles and together they help each other. Adam Mitchell is a casual Christian and that is fine with him. He finds it easy to love his daughter Emily but struggles with his son, Dylan. A tragedy in his life changes everything for him and all the people around him. Nathan Hayes just moved to Albany from Atlanta. He never met his father but is doing all he can to be the best husband and father in his family. He would risk his life to save his family and he did. David Thomson finds it easiest to hide in a bottle of cheap wine. His birth was a unique case that left him empty. When the men he works with start deciding to be more committed to their families and God then David has some choices to make as well. Javier Martinez is a hard worker but work is not always easy to find. He finds himself working on a shed for Adam Mitchell through a case of mistaken identity. Derrick Freeman lives with his grandma. He needs men in his life and is drawn to the Gangster Nation and TJ. He is an honor student but it no longer matters when he enters the gang. The movie Courageous will be in theaters the end of September. Book received for review from NetGalley
harstan More than 1 year ago
Nathan Hayes meets his two fellow police officers the day before he starts his job. When he returns from getting gas, he refuses to let the leader of the Gangster Nation steal his car. He uses heroic measures to defeat the gangster; not because the vehicle mattered but his son counts. Corporal Adam Mitchell and his partner Shane Fuller are impressed with the new member of the force. His partner is Deputy David Thompson who just completed his rookie year, but has much to learn from veteran Nathan. Adam is drifting apart from his family especially his teenage son Dylan who does not share his dad's interests. Tragedy strikes when Adam's daughter Emily is hit by a car whose driver had cocaine and alcohol in his system. After talking to his partner, Adam starts to read the Word and realizes he has to get right with his son by setting an example just like Shane, David and Nathan need to as well. They sign a Resolution to be there for their children and despite near death experiences at the hands of criminals and the stress of their jobs, they become closer to their offspring by helping each other make better choices. Religious faith is the bedrock of these four cops who become better people, husbands, fathers, and police officers by practicing what they preach. The camaraderie that arises between them is almost to strong to behold as they have each other's back on duty and off. Although it is predominantly a family religious spiritual drama not for everyone, the elements of a police procedural keeps the story line somewhat anchored to the ground. Harriet Klausner
nmetzler More than 1 year ago
Those of us who watched Fireproof have been waiting in anticipation for Courageous: Honor begins at Home. It won't disappoint. The story is filled with God moving and changing lives and bringing hope to a hopeless world. It starts with four men, police officers, who are striving to keep the streets safe from gangsters and drug dealers. They have to face the facts: inner city fatherless kids are ending up in jail, on drugs or dead. And then another fact hits home: What about their kids? Are they being the kind of fathers that God calls them to be to their children? When faced with their own failings, one by one, they fall on their knees and ask God to help them change. And that's when the story really starts. It is really really good. Funny, beautiful, full of God. However. Yes, there is a however. The novelization isn't done very well. I hate to say that. I think Randy Alcorn is a good writer. But it isn't done well. It reads like a choppy commentary. Not a riveting story. The characters are hard to keep track of. Names are repeated over and over until you almost get dizzy. I'm sad about that. However. Yes, there is another however! It is still a good story. If you can ignore the choppiness, you will enjoy it. And once the movie comes out, the names won't seem so confusing. It is hard to take a movie and make it into a book. Just like its hard to take a book and make it into a movie. The original is always the best. That's just the way it is. But I will tell you: come September 30th, I will be in a theater watching it. Enjoying every minute. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.