Saturday, April 5, 2014

Prepared for A Purpose Book Review

I have a really spellbinding book to tell you about that is actually a true story that happened right here in Georgia, where I live, but it was in Atlanta, The book is called Prepared For A Purpose written by Antoinette Tuff.
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.
My Thoughts:

I remember watching this on TV that day and kept up with what was going on throughout the day and was amazed when they came on TV and said that the boy had surrendered to this Antoinette Tuff, who was a school secretary. I thought to myself, I would have been so scared, I don't know if any words would have come, but she had the presence of mind to think of something!
She did not have an easy life raising 2 children by herself after her husband left her and she was working 3 jobs. I know how that feels because I have done that too, which makes this even more surreal as I know how tired you can get from working so much, so how she had the nerve and the calmness to keep this young man talking instead of killing anyone, well, it's really amazing. I know when I would get home, all I wanted to do was crawl into bed, much less think coherent enough thoughts to keep this young man from killing her and the students there that day.
It's a very positive, uplifting book in many ways and you really need to read it! It will change your outlook on life and hopefully give you some positive good thoughts about the people around you and yourself.
Happy Reading! 
"Not only did she make Michelle and me very proud, but she probably saved a lot of lives."--President Obama

"We should use her example to teach our children's leaders--any of our leaders, really, and all of our children--the value of compassion and the power of empathy."--The Washington Post"She is a reminder of what Christian courage looks like: She didn't need a weapon, just her faith and a willingness to love the unlovable and to share her own pain, failures, and struggles, knowing that the rest was in God's hands."--Eric Metaxes, BreakPoint
"She was a real hero in all of this. She just did a stellar job. She was cool, she was calm, very collected, maintained her wherewithal."--Fox News

". . . an amazing illustration of calm and brinkmanship . . ."--The Guardian

"The fascination at the heart of Tuff's tale, the reason it's riveting, is the way she used compassion and empathy to disarm a mentally ill man intent on killing."

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.