870 children waited in fear as their elementary school rushed into lock down 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 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.
I am a big believer in things happen for a reason. Everything in life is a learning experience, with some of the things happening to teach us things and some things to make us dig into our resources of what has happened in the past and put them to good use.
This book is all of that and more. What Antoinette went through that day is not an everyday occurrence, but the way she handled the situation did make it seem that God had prepared her for this day and knew she could handle it. However I am also a big believer in inner strength and we all have that hidden inside of us and sometimes we have to use it. Luckily for the children and staff at the school, Antoinette has a huge bundle of inner strength inside of her.
Even her life story up to the point of the siege was quite remarkable. She went through so many things in her life that would have weakened many of us; but in her case it only made her stronger.
Stars out of 5 : 5 A book well worth reading, as it makes you appreciate your own life and even question what would you do if this were to happen to you. If you get chance to read this book snap it up, you won't regret it.
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