Saturday, November 19, 2011

Courageous: A novelization by Randy Alcorn

Courageous a novelization by Randy Alcorn
Based on the screenplay by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick
Tyndale House Publishers – August 1, 2011
Facebook: R. Alcorn –yes, Kendrick Brothers –not that I could find

From Goodreads: 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
 First of all I was very excited to get this book to review. I love the Kendrick brothers’ first couple of movies.  I thought that it was awesome that they decided to put out a book first. I didn’t even know that Randy Alcorn was going to be doing the novelization. Obviously, I also didn’t know that Facing the Giants and The Love Dare also had been books. But I was excited, and I couldn’t wait to get started. This is probably the first book that I’ve read that has a very specific target in mind. Such an oddity, that I had to really figure out who was supposed to be reading this book. As a writer, one’s often told to keep the audience in mind. But as a reader, no one ever tells you that. But this book is written specifically for Christians.  If you are not a Christian, you may enjoy this book a lot-it’s a good book. But you may also feel like you’re being preached at, and that may turn you off of the story.
                It’s the story of four men who choose to walk the dangerous path of a cop’s life every day – without flinching. But they are also fathers, who are human and mess up a lot. I enjoyed it on multiple levels. The very basic being that Randy Alcorn is one of my all-time favorite authors and I have yet to be disappointed. But the deepest level being that I discovered a new-found appreciation for my father, whom I have not always gotten along with. It’s not just about being there when the kids need you, but standing for your family and against all things that come to destroy it –even when it is yourself that you have to face or any other familiar enemy. Courageous is about truly learning what it means to serve and protect – your family.  I found this story to be deeply profound and I was moved by the beauty of what men of courage and honor truly look like.

Always Shine,
Starr K
I was given a free copy of this galley in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: Really enjoyed it!

1 comment:

  1. 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.