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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...more
Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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I am a Christian and I like fiction. I even like Christians who write fiction, but as a rule, I do not like Christian fiction. Why? Because good fiction shows, and Christian fiction tells. The didactic purpose of Christian fiction means that it often more than a story with a message. It is a message with a thin veneer of story.

But if you like Christian fiction you like Randy Alcorn's adaptation of the Courageous film. Alcorn's characters are contrived and somewhat formulaic, but they are likabl...more
If you didn't know already this book was based on a movie by the same name. In our small town we do not get first run movies, so this movie hit our one screen theater in January 2012. My kids went to see it and came home fired up, just like after Fireproof (another movie by the same people). I had to see this. Somehow I ended up awake at 4 am and buying this book for my Kindle. It is now 8:30pm and I think that is the fastest I have ever finished a book. This book will make you laugh, cry, wonde...more
This book was beyond horrible. And I am only giving it one star because there is nothing lower than that. What??? is the deal with the prose? Seriously? The only thing I could visualize when I read any parts involving the "ghetto" or the inner city was some white writer watching troubled youth shows and doing research on how to be "gangsta" and then interpreting that to the page. Awful.

These books, the ones with the messages centered around a Christian moral, are written, it would seem, by the p...more
At first I was disappointed with the writing; the characters seemed two-dimentional and stereotypical. Then I realized that they weren't stereotypes they were archetypes. Instead of having strong characters which were clearly individuals, Alcorn has created characters which could be anyone. We can see them as templates for people we know.

On to the story. 4 men, very different, all face different challenges of integrity and courage in their daily lives: being a good father, husband, provider, lea...more
MY REVIEW-WOW!! This is about all I am going to say about this book. I have been anxiously awaiting the next film from the Kendrick brothers after watching Fireproof. I get the updates, have the wallpaper on my laptop and I now have the book!

Now, I don't want to spoil anything for those who have not watched the movie or have not read the book. So I am going to be somewhat cryptic in this review. Not like my normal ones where people can know who I am talking about, etc. I just really want to give...more
D.M. Webb
I watched the movie, which is beyond superb, and then I bought the novelization.

In my opinion, the book could have been better written. Within the first three pages of the book, I was seeing the view point from three different people. There was no feel for the characters nor the situation at the time. All emotions and actions were cardboard cut-outs.

The words created a very two-dimensional scene. It didn't delve into the characters' emotions and actions. Pretty much, it read like a screenplay w...more
Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, Shane Fuller, David Thomson are deputies in Albany, Georgia. They are committed to fighting crime and protecting their citizens. But all of the men are struggling to become the fathers they are called by God to be. Adam has a hard time connecting with his son, Dylan. He finds it much easier to bond with his daughter, Emily. All of the men have to come to face with the reality that they aren’t being the best fathers that they can be. A sudden tragedy awakened their he...more
Jelly Bean
This book pushes you beyond the norm.

Ok, I am not a guy, dad, nor husband. I am a Lady, mom, and wife. Of course I don't have the same outlook of a guy. But, after reading this book, it makes you look at your man. Your Husband, the father of your children. The man that God paired you with.

There are basically four main characters in the book. They all have faced, are facing, or will face the storms of life. Like we all will. This book makes you look at your life now. Are there changes you need t...more
This is a wonderful book based on the newest Christian film to come out of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. In the same spirit of Fireproof and Facing the Giants, Courageous takes both the reader and those who watch the movie to the small town of Albany, Georgia and to the every day people who live there. Fireproof involved firefighters. Fighting the Giants involves the football team and fans. Courageous brings us into the lives of law enforcement officers. Each of the four primary la...more
Rick Higginson
We enjoyed the movie on which this novelization is based, and when the book was offered for free on the Kindle, I jumped at it. The book follows the movie very closely, though I do believe some additional scenes have been added to the novel. The story is thought-provoking, at times heart-rending, and managed to step on my toes more than a few times. I wonder sometimes what kind of difference it might have made if I'd read this story thirty years ago, when our eldest was an infant and our younges...more
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 dep...more
Paul Lee
christian fiction other than left behind series, awesome.

this is the story of 4 police officers and their families. The 4 police officers are Nathan and his partner rookie David and Corporal Adam and his partner Shane.

Corporal Adam's daughter get his by a drunk driver and Emily dies. Adam forgives the driver and so does his wife Victoria. Adam didn't have a good relationship with his son in the early part of the novel, they didn't run together but later they run together and talk about everythi...more
OMG! if I could get away with no star I would have chosen no rating at all. My partner and I went to see this movie because the synopsis in no way indicated that it would be far damn cheaper to go to church to be preached at.
When I go to a movie and pay $10 I expect to be entertained and see a good plot in action for two hours that will grasp my imagination. It became quite clear to us within minutes that what was being inflicted on us was having bloody religion shoved down our throats.

Alexandra Stevens
I downloaded the Kindle edition for free, fully expecting a book written from a movie to be dumb. While it is not a work of great literature,I was happily surprised that the author expanded the story to not only include new characters and plot twists than were in the movie, but also to broaden the message of the story to talk about the issue of abortion. This is a very appropriate topic to discuss in a book directed toward fathers, since most abortions wouldn't happen if the father was supportiv...more
Anita Sneed-Carter
EXCELLENT! For any man who wants to grow spiritually, and to be all that the Lord wants him to be, and become, this book is a great tool.

Also, it ministers to the spouses, and children as well by showing them that if the "Head of the House" is right with God and fulfilling his role in the home, then the family should follow his leadership willinging.When the family looks at the life of the leader of the house they should be able to see the face of God.

There is a blessing upon the home when the...more
I'll say it up front: this is agenda-driven fiction. The agenda is to inspire fathers to take a more active role in parenting their children. The thesis is that children who grow up without a father are more likely to get into trouble later in life--that, and that God has commanded fathers to teach their children and bring them up to honor him. We see these ideas worked out in the lives of several police officers who commit to a declaration, which is in included in the book in case anyone (hint,...more
Karen Furlong
I liked the story line well enough to finish the book but would probably give it a 2.5. I haven't seen the movie but read glowing reviews of the book. Honestly I was very disappointed. The moral of the story is certainly a good one (the importance of fathers playing an active role in their children's lives) but I found the characters to be undeveloped. Although tragedy happened in their lives there was also a "simpleness" that just doesn't exist in realty. For example Adam had not taken an activ...more
The theme of this book is fatherhood: the need to take it seriously, take responsibility for it, be intentional about it, ways to do it better, what happens when it is neglected, etc. It is set amidst policemen, whose job is particularly tough on families.

Thus book is a novelization of the movie by the same name, which I have not yet seen. The author had the challenge of coming up with more material, enough for a 10-hour or so reading, from the material for a 2-hour movie.

Though the premise of...more
Audiobook - didn't finish. I listened to more than half of this book, but just couldn't justify spending any more time on it.

I'm not opposed to Christian literature, but I found this book full of bad stereotypes and just boring. Nothing happened, except for a lot of preaching.

Back to the classics for me.
I saw the movie and was blown away by it. The book is just as good. It's amazing reading about how these men because courageous by stepping up as men of God to be good husbands and fathers to their families. It's eye-opening reading about their transformations. Like their forgiveness toward their enemies, brotherhood with each other, and zealous love for God. The only thing that would be better is if Alcorn included an Asian American character too. I liked how diverse the book was and included w...more
Rebecca Ellerbrock
I really enjoyed this book. Makes one think and reflect on ones own life and what they are doing to impact the kingdom.I am really looking forward to the movie.
Corallie Buchanan
Such a beautiful story! Every father should read it.
Listened to Courageous by Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, Roger Mueller
Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. 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 disco...more
Paula  Phillips
If I had to sum this novel up in one word , it would be "WOW" . Writing this review is harder than I thought as this book would have to be one of the most amazing and outstanding novels that I have read ever. Where to start , Courageous focuses on four men - all Police officers who after a series of incidents and miracles decide to re-examine their lives and make a vow to God to forever be there in his name and to care for their families and be Men of God. The novel starts off with the newest Po...more
Courageous : a novelization by Randy Alcorn; based on the screenplay by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick

Randy, Alex & Stephen are calling men to be courageous in this book. To be the Godly husband and father in their households. They bring to light the problems of absent fathers. A father can be in the same home and be as uninvolved in his families life as the man who don't live under the same roof. The main characters are police officers and they are seeing the results of absentee father...more
This was another great story by Sherwood Baptist Church. I loved all three movies so far and this one was just as good. I had high expectations for this book and it met them all. I was so impressed with the amount of heavy topics they discuss and the way that they present so many tough issues that we face here on earth. I loved the story line about the men being cops and it brought me back to my former career life. Adam was a cop first and a dad second. He had two children and girl and a boy. He...more
Gail Welborn

Courageous, a Novelization by Randy Alcorn, Based on Screenplay by Alex Kendrick & Stephen Kendrick, Tyndale House Publishers, 2011, 392 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414358468, $14.99

Brimming with optimism over a “…new job, new house and new start” in Georgia, Nathan Hayes topped off his tank, got into the pickup and turned the key before he remembered the “carnage…of June bugs…on his windshield.”

He stepped back out, left the “…truck running, door open and reached for the squeegee…in seconds…the doo...more
Matthew Robbins
Alex and Stephen Kendrick (Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof) are back with their next sermon/story in Courageous, which follows a group of policemen in Albany, GA as they learn what it really means to be fathers. Based on the screenplay by the Kendrick brothers, Randy Alcorn’s novelization delves into more characters, subplots, and backstory than the movie (although since the movie isn’t out yet, I’m not sure what’s new).

I’ve been a fan of Alcorn’s fiction (and his non-fiction) for a while...more
"Courageous" is a Christian general fiction novel with a fair amount of action. It's a novel based on a movie by the same name, and it sometimes read like it (especially during the action scenes). However, it had more depth than I was expecting from a movie-turned-novel.

The main characters were varied, complex, and reacted realistically to the various struggles they faced. The details about police work, gangs, and families brought the story alive in my imagination. However, a couple of the polic...more
This book revolves around the lives of four men, all officers of the law and their families. Other characters enhance this fast paced story. Nathan, a transfer to Albany GA, Adam, David, a rookie, and Shane. Each man realizes that sometimes being a father holds more challenges than being a police officer, each learns what it takes to be a better father and in his own way. Derrick, wants to prove to gang leader TJ, that he has what it takes to be a member of the Gangster Nation. Javier, looking t...more
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Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world.

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