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.
©2011 Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick (P)2011 Oasis Audio
As a police officer's spouse... I identified with the situations in this book right off the bat. The writers did an excellent job capturing the life of a law enforcement officer and their family. Right down to some of the smallest detail.
The ideas set forth in this book are great. Unfortunately, the writing did not match up to it. It was certainly worth reading and I got a lot out of it, but from a literary sense, it was tedious. These men were truly heroes. Maybe better said, they were true men. I wish there were a lot more of their ilk in this world.
An audible addict:)
Jip. Good lessons to be learned
Most: parents dealing with the death of a child. Least: it is anpredictable story
He has a great talent of making each caracter special and unique.
Courage comes from deep within
This is a great story!! Like always Randy Alcorn did not disappoint
This is one the best books I've read in a long time. Although the main characters were men I learned things that are valuable to women also. This was definitely worth the read. I stumbled acrossed it while searching for narrations by Roger Mueller. After reading it, I suggested it to several friends and family members. Little did I know, shortly thereafter it would go to the big screen. Let me add, I LOVE listening to Roger Mueller. His energy engulfs you and leaves you wanting for more. He has not disappointed me yet. It was he who got me listening to audiobooks. Great job! Great story!
By: Cheerful (Concord, NC) October 7, 2011
I'm a little torn on this review because I love the storyline, the people and the message. the problem I have is that with this novel from a movie the author tried to hold everything in the movie while adding to the plot which made it seem a little choppy. The are some good new twists and a couple of ok new personalities that could have added to the book but instead they seemed forced. this is my first book by this author so I'm not sure if it's him or the circumstances. I do know this.... when these brothers had War Room made into a novel they did it right so don't give up on the idea. Also lose the music between chapters 😨.
I absolutely love this movie so I couldn't wait to see if the book would live up to my expectations. it far surpassed them! I laughed so much just picturing all the characters as they we being depicted. I cried during it as well. Great story, great message!
In my opinion, Roger Mueller did a fabulous job with all of the characters; he has a facile voice that made it so easy to distinguish each person. Above that, not a single voice was grating to my ears. I will look for other books by this narrator.
I most often find a book much more satisfying than a movie because it takes more than a couple of hours to know a character well. While I can't remember experiencing a movie novel-ized in this fashion, I thoroughly enjoyed the authors' efforts in this case. I wanted to say "more, please!"
I don't often write reviews, but I so enjoyed this story and this presentation that I hope to encourage others to give it a try.
Absolutely not. It is poorly written, the music openings for each chapter make it sound like a low budget movie. The preaching is tiresome. If you have trouble falling asleep, this might be for you.
not sure, possibly "Ireland"
I wish there was an easy way to get a credit back for books such as this.
The message of being a father to our children is often lost in today's society. So many people believe a child does not need to have both parents involved in their lives; that they'll turn out just fine. While at times a child does turn out "fine", the truth is that the odds are significantly stacked against them. This story really drives home the fact that we, as father's, are not just "sperm donors." We have a moral, and even more a spiritual, obligation to raise our children so that the decay of society does not fill that vacuum should we choose to not be part of our children's lives. While the story in this audiobook gets a little long in some places, it's still a truly inspiring story that should remind and motivate us as father's to make the proper raising of our children one of the most important goals we could ever set for ourselves.
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