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4.52  ·  Rating Details ·  9,301 Ratings  ·  344 Reviews
Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
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
Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Mar 18, 2013 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2012 Prom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2013 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheila Myers
Aug 06, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
An excellent story for people who like to learn important Biblical teachings while reading novels. This is not a crime novel, it's a story about the men wearing the badge and how they deal with the situations in their lives both at work and at home. I suggest this book for all Christians, especially men who have children.
Oct 17, 2014 Jaci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wooo! Definitivamente es uno de mis libros.
Me encantó todo, todo, pues la historia es increible. El mensaje es claro, me hizo reflexionar, porque los hijos en parte tenemos la culpa en las situaciones familiares.
Ahora que ya lo he leido, veré la película:-)
Susanna Gaston
Oct 13, 2011 Susanna Gaston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book! Not only should it inspire fathers to man up, but it should be an inspiration to all of us to be better fathers, mothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, whatever. I highly recommend this book. Now I want to see the movie!
Reseña completa

Excelente libro!! Aún no he visto la película pero supongo que será igual de bueno que la novelización.
Nov 02, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Adam Mitchell and his law enforcement partners constantly face the challenge of being Godly fathers. They seek to find a way to protect those that are closest to themselves. Courageous is all about striving to be all that God wants us to be.

I watched the movie Courageous a few years ago and fell in love with the way the screenplay writers mixed comedy with a very serious topic: fatherhood and being what God wants you to be. At the end of the Audiobook version, there is an interview with the auth
Aug 31, 2011 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 12, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2013 Jelly Bean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2012 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2013 Rick Higginson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2013 Ashton rated it liked it
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
Nov 18, 2012 Paul Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2012 Funkygirl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Mar 14, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an amazing book! Having already seen the movie that this was based on, I was quite familiar with the story. This was such an excellent read, with lots of thought-provoking content. This was such a good read that I don't know how to describe it in a review! All the same, it is highly recommended reading! :)
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
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
Dec 23, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read about a group of officers and their path to becoming better fathers and better Christians. I am so glad my friend told me about this book. working in law enforcement I can relate to some of these events and even the characters. When a young life is lost due to a drunk driver, the group finds a way to move on by making a pact to become better fathers. When one falls short the other guys pick up the slack. Fantastic read that even law enforcement personnel will be able to relate to. P ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2015 Eliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! First time I read it I was a little upset that they added so much to it that wasn't in the movie but now I like it more. I love everything that goes on with Brad Bronson and Diane Koos, they are so hilarious! I constantly went back and forth between wanting to cry and laughing :D
Jan 05, 2015 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, family, manhood
I saw the movie first and I loved it. Then I listened to the audiobook. The movie came first and the book is based on of the screenplay. The book has more characters, character development, and plot lines than the movie which I think makes the story even better.

While the movie was rated PG-13 for some action scenes, I still was comfortable letting my young children watch it. That is not the case, though, with the book. The book includes discussion of some adult topics such as artificial insemin
Nov 07, 2012 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 30, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
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.
Aug 05, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book sounded like it would be a good read. I made sure that I didn't watch the movie first because many times that ruins a book. I found it very hard to get through this book. The writing was terrible. The characters were unbelievable. It seems as if the author was trying too hard.... The dialogue between the "gangsters" was so poorly written that it became laughable. I understand that this book has religious undertones, but the author chose the oddest times to bring up coversations about G ...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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