True Story of Courage and Compassion in a School Under Siege
As 870 children waited in fear, their elementary school rushed into lockdown mode. As the nation faced yet another Sandy Hook story of tragedy, one woman rewrote the ending.
Yet the story doesn't start with those first steps Michael Hill took into that Atlanta elementary school. It starts with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who faced her own pain, hurt, and rejection, yet held onto grace, faith, and hope. A hope that anchored her in the most high stakes of moments, a grace that allowed her to empathize with a hurting young man, and a faith that gave her the courage to love him back from the brink.
This is more than just the amazing account of tragedy averted. It's the evidence of what we can do when we allow ourselves to be used by God. And it's a story of how God uses all of our life experiences--the good and the bad--to prepare us for our own moment of divine purpose.
- Everything Happens For A Reason
Prepared for a Purpose by Antoinette Tuff is a fascinating mixture of one woman's horrifying experience with an attempted school shooting and her equally interesting life story both before and after the experience. It is quite amazing how her life experiences before the attempted school shooting helped to defuse a potentially horrid loss of young lives.
This book focuses on the reasons why things happen and how God can use horrible events to save other people's lives or help people in the future. It covers issues such as depression, suicide, divorce and raising a disabled child as well as how her experiences helped her to deal with the gunman at the school.
Personally I found this book more interesting that I thought it would be, mainly due to the back story of the author. The attempted school schooling sections were tense but seemed to linger a bit too long, however the author's story added a lot to the book as a whole and the events at the school.
The narrator was quite good, as it sounded how I thought the author would sound. Initially I thought it was actually the author reading the book. Also she read at a consistent pace and added emotion to the text, which made a compelling story even more interesting.
This book would help anyone who struggling with their purpose in life, dealing with depression or just wondering how God makes bad things work out for good.
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Narrator Thoughts - This woman did an excellent job reading this book. Her southern African-American accent blended beautifully with the story to life for me.
Book Thoughts - I thought this would be a tough book, but I wasn't prepared for how tough. However I found Antoinette's story inspiring. Her life is a testimony to what God can do though you if you make yourself available. She let God work through a broken marriage, a life falling apart, a son with chronic health issues, and a suicidal heart to prepare her for the place she needed to be.
It reminded me that the challenges and struggles that I am facing right now, are going to be used by God to bless and encourage others. The hardships will be redeemed.
Keep going. What you do is making a difference. If you are drowning in heartache and doubt, know that God is right there with you. He will see you through this.
- Very encouraging book!
I have finished to listening to the book Prepared for a Purpose by Antoinette Tuff. What an interesting story!
What would you do if you were caught in a room with an intruder carrying a gun and lots of ammunition? How would you handle such a terrifying experience?
In this book, we learn what happened on a day in August 2013 when an intruder came into a school in Atlanta. Antoinette Tuff is the woman who is filling in at the front desk when the intruder enters the building. This book tells her side of the story. It covers her own life from the pains of her childhood and then on to her marriage and birth of children. She had a very hard life with lots of painful things happening from the time she was a little girl. When she is faced with an experience no one ever wants to face, she feels that she was prepared for this day because of her life events.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was very encouraging to me to be reminded that God has a purpose for the things that happen in our lives. I appreciated the author's honesty in sharing the painful aspects of her past. Also, this book shows the value of having a real relationship with God as she felt He gave her the words to say that day.
This book was read by Robin Miles, and she did a great job reading it. She was very pleasant to hear.
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Have a day of blessings!