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Priceless: She's Worth Fighting For

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  541 ratings  ·  114 reviews
The powerfully compelling novelization of the major motion picture by Joel and Luke Smallbone of the band for King & Country.
James Stevens was, at one time, a good man with a great life. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agr
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Worthy Books (first published September 2016)
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Hann Remraf
SERIOUSLY, every single mature enough human needs to read this book and hear it's message.

I'm honestly not sure if I could ever write a review worthy of this book.
But I can suffice to say: it's intense, with a very mature theme and premise, and a simple writing style.

(and now onto the movie!)
ashley nicole
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
This book was amazing. Joel and Luke have an amazing heart with an amazing message to spread: how every single one of us is priceless.

This book follows the story of James, who hits rock bottom when his wife dies and he loses custody of his daughter. He agrees to drive a truck to Nevada with no questions asked about what he's carrying.

But what he is carrying will change his life forever.

This book deals with the issue of human trafficking and prostitution as something that is very real. That bein
Teresa Kander
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This is a hard-hitting story with several realistic, horrifying themes. My heart broke for the young women and the disgusting things they were forced into just to survive. James had his own struggles and demons, and it was heartwarming to see him grow and mature as the story progressed.

The major theme of this story is how women should be valued by men. James shows us how that should be done, with the women he discovers in the truck as well as with the daughter with whom he is trying to rebuild
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I really enjoyed it, and am now looking forward to seeing the movie. I love For King and Country, and their book didn't disappoint.
Beautiful message - we're all priceless - and well-written. Very good!
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
for King and Country wrote a book... and it was good, slow to start (well after that main disaster because that happened right away) but it picked up and was good.
Cheryl Baranski
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Priceless by Joel & Luke Smallbone is a book with a very powerful message. This story will surly tug at your heartstrings. A story that is full of love, hope, heartache, pain, confusion and faith. They do such an excellent job bringing this story to life. This story touches on a subject that doesn’t get the attention that is should human trafficking. It is happening all around. This is an emotionally gripping story that will capture you right from the start. Be sure to order your copy of Pri ...more
Jon Kidwell
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
To be honest, this book was saved by the events in the second half of the book. I thought that "Priceless" started out at a painfully slow pace. It wasn't until I was about 100 pages into the book before it grabbed my attention and interest. Joel and Luke Smallbone (front men for the Christian band 'For King and Country') tackle a very difficult subject of human trafficking and exploitation of young women. It's the story of two young sisters from Mexico who were sold into the trafficking busines ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
As reviewed on Fiction 411:

Priceless, by Joel and Luke Smallbone, is a very good read. A story written to bring attention to the human trafficking, a problem in the United States that is sensitive by nature. The Smallbones take you into the trenches, fictionally, and show how the underbelly of this system works. Without being graphic or crude they take you on the journey of Antonio and Maria, two young women who unknowingly fall into this system and become trapped. It tells how James, an America
Lisa Johnson
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Priceless (She’s Worth Fighting For: A Novel)
Author: Joel & Luke Smallbone
Pages: 288
Year: 2016
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
My rating is 5 stars.
Hold onto your heart when you begin reading this story because it really is a riveting novel! What starts with a couple leaving their daughter with a mother-in-law so they can have some time together becomes a tale of lives forever changed! The main male character is named James and while not a rich man by any means, has a good marriage with a
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

I really had no idea what to expect from this book. I hadn't heard anything about the movie or the novel until I received an email telling me about it. Now that I have read the book I have no desire to watch the movie, it is very depressing and heartbreaking. The whole idea of this story line and the selling of women is so important and so hard to face reality-this is really happening all around us. It made me so sad to read this book and the ending didn't really make me feel better. I don't wan
Luke Nathaniel
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Let me say wow. Blown away by the writing of this powerful book. Filled with passion and emotion, and running with important themes of self worth, respect, and honor throughout; this book tells the story of a lost man and a human/sex traffic ring. How one man had his life thrown upside down in the blink of an eye, and the series of mistakes he made that would make him come face to face with the brutal reality surrounding him. It then tells of the hard story of his last chance to make it rig ...more
Tiffani Friedmeyer
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! With God nothing is impossible!!!!
Sammy Allen
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel was beautifully written, and highly emotional. I really enjoyed the written style.
Beckie Burnham
Priceless is a book every Christian should read. While it definitely has the feel of a novelization — short on character development and long on visual descriptions — it portrays the very real, yet little discussed, epidemic of sex trafficking in the United States. This book was an eye-opener for me. Like main character James Stevens, I will never view a box truck or low-rent motel the same way again. Priceless plunges the reader into a world of desperation, hopelessness and despair. Lives are d ...more
Daphne Self
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, general
I thought this was a Christian book, but some of the content labels this as NOT a Christian book.

This book was a more detailed account of the movie, which made it very good. It was well written and the story line was one of redemption, hope, and love. The theme that women are priceless and should be held to that standard was evident.

As much as I loved reading the book, there were quite a few things that caused me to be disappointed in it. Good writing is the ability to show the crudeness and th
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The topic of human trafficking has become more prominent both at my work and my church for the last couple of years. While this story is in the genre of Christian fiction, it doesn't completely shy away from some of the seedier aspects. Contained both psychologically and physically intensive scenes but was cleanly told despite the dark subject matter.
Lily Buhl
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. So sad how they were treated,but turned out great in the end! I was really excited to read this book because for KING & COUNTRY is my absolute favorite band!!! Hope to see the movie too! Great reminder that everyone is PRICELESS!
Danielle Sliepka
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This was a hard subject to swallow but happens way more often than we will ever realize. Very well done.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Priceless is about the reality of the world. A man, James Stevens, works for some men that may be selling drugs or something worse. He only does this to receive money to help his daughter, after losing his wife in a car accident. He was very happy before though. After the police discovered he was transporting the things he was driving with, he lost custody of his daughter. He can only visit her with a person from the law watching him. James’ life was falling apart slowly. Until one day, some me ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone mature
Shelves: favorites
This book is truly amazing. Anyone who is mature enough should read this.

First off, I love For King & Country. They have the most amazing songs that are so deep and meaningful. I love the song, Priceless, but until recently, I did not know that the made a movie and wrote a book.

This book was definitely hard to read (or in my case, listening to an audio book). There were points in the book where I was literally shaking.

Human trafficking is often a hard subject to approach. I have read other
Rebekah Bearhs
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read "Priceless: She's Worth Fighting For." It was great. The book is about human trafficking. James, the main character, meets two kidnapped girls. My favorite character was James because he was really funny and he's also in my favorite band, For King and Country. My favorite part of the book was when James found out he was shipping two girls to another state because he was freaking out and depressed. The book made me want to keep reading on forever because it was so interesting. "Priceless: ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I liked the heart of the story, but a lot of what went on is not realistic (the rescue parts at least as well as something else at the end). I don't want to really give things away. The whole idea of how the trafficking ring worked is very true to how some function, so I liked that they did talk about that. Also, the main character had good development throughout it, that was enjoyable.

A Walk Across the Sun was a similar book. Both were the perspective of men trying to rescue women from the sex
Veronica Hill
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For King & Country is a great band with an incredible message. It's hard to imagine that the brothers would make great authors and movie makers but they really are. I watched the movie first and then read the book and I have to say I loved them both. This book was phenomenal. It had romance and adventure and a good underlying theme that you are never alone. God is always there with you, even in the trails and tribulations of life. I recommend this book. I recommend this movie. This song. Thi ...more
Tim Baumgartner
I've got to go see the movie [or get the DVD since it came out in 2016]!!!
This book made me stay up till past 2 in the morning because I didn't want to put it down...

It gave some great insight as to how human/sex trafficking takes place, but, more importantly [obviously], it shows how people can be redeemed through all of the nonsense.

I would love to read other books that are like this that relate to other modern day social issues that give insight into how God redeems people from these crazy w
Kaesey Stobaugh
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If any book ever deserved a five star rating, it's this one. I was so blown away by this novel. It broke my heart and fixed it all at the same time. I didn't think I could love for KING & COUNTRY any more, but I do now. Joel and Luke's writing is simple in a straight forward, incredibly genuine way, and it worked so beautifully throughout the pace of this book. The message was just as powerful. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone, and I can't wait to lend my copy off to a friend to ...more
A. Hart
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is now one of my top favorite novels.
This story has everything you could ask for in a thought provoking inspiring novel.
This happens. Everyday this happens.
Human trafficking is real and its astonishing that people think its a joke or maybe "not that big of a deal."
Its a HUGE deal and happening all around us.
This story is eye-opening, inspiring and beautiful.
Was it hard to read some things? Of course because human trafficking isn't beautiful but the power of this story and Gods love conqu
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a tough topic but the authors handle it well. Human trafficking is horrible but people need to know about it.

If I had to say a theme of this book, besides valuing women, it would be redemption. I love for King & Country's mission and their passion to see women treated well by men. It is such a needed proclamation.

Due to the topic and some things that happen, I would say 18+. Maybe a 16 or 17 year old if they were mature and this was not their introduction to the topic of human slave
Faith High School
Read by: Brooklyn Hanson
I really enjoyed reading this book. It makes you feel like you are involved and you catch yourself asking what you would do if you were in James's position. This book is also very realistic and has many plot twisters to make you want to keep reading. The one thing I liked a lot about the book is that even when James is ready to give up on everything he turns around and makes the right decision in the end.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I started reading this book with high hopes, but I could not finish it. I stopped after only 44 pages. So much had happened in those pages, but not enough attention was given to character development and I simply did not care what happened to them. I think a more developed character may have allowed for a greater connection and interest. I simply could not get into this book and I really wanted to.
Pam Chaffin
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heart wrenching story that delves into dark, ugly subjects, but is done in such a way, that there is light and hope throughout, even in the darkest moments. The book is written by King and Country; two brothers that are a very successful Christian band. Their love of Christ, family and true belief that all are created equal and should be treated as such, is apparent throughout this book, and throughout their music, as well, if you're interested.
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Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone headline the Grammy Award-winning band For KING & COUNTRY. After their family relocated to Nashville from Sydney, Australia, in 1991, their father worked as a music promoter, so the boys often accompanied him to shows. In their teenage years they sang background vocals for their sister, gospel artist Rebecca St. James. In 2011 they released For KING & COUNT ...more