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Courageous: A Novel (English Edition) di [Alcorn, Randy]
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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?

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 383
  • Editore: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Mti edizione (1 agosto 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B005FQE2K8
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4.0 su 5 stelle Strong message for fathers 12 aprile 2013
Di Paul Mastin - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I still haven't seen the movie Courageous, but I have seen the others produced by Sherwood Baptist Church (Fireproof, Facing the Giants, Flywheel). Based on those movies, I knew what to expect: Christian life lessons in the lives of ordinary people. As I suspect the movie does, Randy Alcorn's novelization of the movie follows this pattern as well.

Courageous is the story of a group of friends, most of them cops, dealing with moral choices in life, especially in their efforts to be good dads. Yes, the moral lessons are heavy-handed. Yes, the plot is full of emotional manipulation. But the story is strong, the characters are likable, and Alcorn's fleshing out of the movie makes me want to see it.

One thing I particularly liked about the book was the ease with which these men talked about their faith, with each other as well as with non-believing friends. For them, it was as natural to talk about their faith as talking about last night's baseball game is for most men. That challenges me, as I tend to make small talk and dwell on insignificant things, even when I'm talking with my Christian friends.

The core of the story is the men's deliberate decision to be stronger parents, as shown in their formal resolution. This will challenge any dad, and is worth a look. My 13-year-old son read the book right after I did; I have to wonder whether he's thinking, "My dad must have taken that pledge, which is why he's such a great dad," or, "I wish my dad would take that pledge!"

Now I just have to see the movie.
5.0 su 5 stelle Loved this inspiring story! 18 marzo 2013
Di Aliens Under the Bed - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Having already watched and loved the movie, I started reading Courageous expecting to be bored with the same exact story I'd already seen. Not so, actually. While the book does follow the movie, there are many things in the book that you won't see if you only watch the film. According to the author's note at the end of the book, about 20 percent of the book was from the movie. The other 80 percent is new. That's a lot of "new," and a lot of good reading.

The story revolves around a small group of police officers and their daily struggles with life, job and family. They tend to treat their job with utmost importance, often neglecting their families and other aspects of their lives. When tragedy strikes, one of the men is forced to face a hard reality: does he follow God's command to forgive, or does he allow himself to become hardened. The officer chooses to change his life, and invites his friends to follow him, each signing a resolution to put God first in all things, and to put their family second.

From forgiveness to faith, to taking a stand for God and doing the right thing against all obstacles, Courageous is full of wisdom and lessons for everyone, especially fathers. As a father myself, this book made me see fatherhood in a new light, and helped me to realize where I've been wrong in parenting my own children. If you're a father, a parent, or simply a lover of good stories, this is a must-read!
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3.0 su 5 stelle Too Preachy for My taste, but otherwise a good story. 7 dicembre 2013
Di I Love Books - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. I'm not a big fan of "Christian fiction." I like that the stories are clean and have good moral principles. I don't like how preachy some of them get. This book falls a little too heavily on the preachy side. The story about the cops is interesting and I would love it if more of the focus was on that part. I would love it if more of the story was on their lives. But there's a whole lot of "this is what God expects of us, and this is what the scriptures say." kind of stuff. And I don't even mind that ... to a point. There is a point at which I am DONE with the preaching and want to get on with the story. I've read books where the point was made without beating it to death. This book felt like a diatribe about the importance of the role of fathers, with a story thrown in on the side to get you to read it. I'm more than halfway and I'm wondering why I keep slogging through when I have 200 other books that sound more interesting on my Kindle. I want to know how it ends, but life is too short. On the other hand, there are people who enjoy that kind of writing, and if you do, this is your book. Just not for me. So I'm giving it a medium rating.
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3.0 su 5 stelle For once the movie is better than the book 17 novembre 2013
Di A. Thomas - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Because I had already seen the movie, I wasn't too sure what to expect out of this book. Normally, I prefer reading a book to seeing a movie and I thought that would be the case for this book but it wasn't. I was surprised to say that I actually preferred the movie. Being able to really see the characters and the emotions behind everything was vastly helpful. While the story is obviously very similar in the books and sometimes word for word from the movie, I didn't feel that there was enough depth in the writing to really draw the reader in. If I hadn't seen the movie to help get some of these images in my mind, I would have a hard time picturing any of the characters. In fact, to start with, I still had a hard time remembering who was who because there is such little description of anything given in the book.

That said, the story is a really good one and if you would rather read than watch the movie, I'd recommend this book. It's inspiring, challenging, sobering, and still has a dash of humor every now and then to keep it easy and light to read. The chapters are short so it's something easy to read when you only have a few minutes here or there. It will definitely give you something to think about!
2.0 su 5 stelle "Dad, I'm not a teahead." 23 ottobre 2014
Di morehumanthanhuman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This book was inadvertently hilarious. Every time I would catch my breath, Alcorn would present us with another scene packed full of his adorably sheltered ideas of what teenagers, non-religious people, black, or Hispanic people are like. My personal favorite: what a teenage boy told his dad that he didn't smoke marijuana often because he wasn't a "teahead." I was actually astonished that the scene didn't begin with the father asking the son "Are these your marijuana cigarettes? Are they?"

Adam is a police officer who is overly focused on his job. He's got some stock problems with his wife and son that, cutely, can be easily resolved with a tiny bit of attention. There is a black cop who doesn't want his daughter to date and spends his free time hanging out with his wife outside of abortion clinics (fortunately everyone they encounter hasn't really thought through the decision to have an abortion and decides that it's no big deal to add another child to their family). There is a young cop who has an out-of-wedlock child that he doesn't care for. There is a Hispanic guy who has trouble finding a job. There is the hard-bitten obese atheist cop who likes hitting on suspects. There is the young black man who wants to join a gang because he doesn't have a daddy. Basically, imagine the stock characters you'd place in an evangelical movie about the police and you've got this book.

This police force doesn't have women because, I mean, duh. Women have to be there to make dinner and agree to allow their husbands to accept lordship of the home. There is a civilian who works for the police department, but she doesn't understand anything about actual police work (and she wears high heels and has long, manicured nails). Fortunately, she may be placed in a situation where she has to be saved by a man and change all her pre-conceived liberal ideas about how police officers shouldn't whale on suspects.

I don't mind religious themes, but this book was so simplistic and contrived it was just terrible. There is a scene early in the book where a little girl is urging her father to dance with her and he can't because he's too worried about people looking at him and judging him. "Uh oh, girl," I said to myself. "You're in trouble. You'd better get right with God because you're about to become a powerful catalyst for a man to realize he's not a good father."

And basically every scene plays through like that. Everyone is just so simplistic and uncomplex. People make choice B because of condition A. If you address condition A, you can change choice B.

When I downloaded this, I didn't realize it was the novelization of a movie. To be fair, movie novelizations are frequently terrible -- this may not be a flaw in the source material. Maybe the movie is a nuanced, mature, and realistic exploration of the various wounds that men carry from their childhoods and how it carries into how they parent as adults and it just didn't make it into the book.
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