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 Angel is a story that will leave no reader untouched.
©2005 Ashley Smith; (P)2005 The Zondervan Corporation
"Required reading." (Publishers Weekly)
"Smith's revelations offer a new wrinkle to a story that...captivated the country." (Newsweek)
I think my review title says it all. This book is 99% fluff with a single detail that is probably more salient than the ramblings about faith; the woman had crystal meth on hand. Phew, that sure took the starch out of the "purpose driven life" theory hmmm?
What a beautiful story of recovery, honesty, and the grace of God.
I thoroughly enjoyed this true story. Beautiful testimony.
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