It's about police officers, but it isn't. It's bigger than that. It's about fathers, but it isn't. It's bigger than that. It's about troubled teens, but it isn't. It's bigger than that. It is about a society that is on the fast track to loosing it's young people, if men don't start taking the place of leadership God intended for them to take in their homes and families. A type of leadership that says,"I love you too much to sit back, and allow you destroy your life." It's about active leadership.
The book Courageous by Randy Alcorn is a novelization based on the screenplay by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. It follows the lives of several policemen, one immigrant worker, and each of their families. When tragedy strikes, one father, takes the advice of his pastor to "become a student of God's Word." Through his studies, he realizes that he must make some changes in his life. He writes a resolution, and asks his friends to join him by adhering to it and being accountable to one another. His friends realize how important it is and agree to work together to help one another live the resolution.
The characters are both strong and vulnerable. The plot is both interesting and believable. I love the strong moral message. I love that Alcorn stays true to some of his deepest convictions by having one of the characters volunteer at a Crises Pregnancy Center. I also love that Alcorn includes characters from past movies by Sherwood Pictures, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. I was disappointed to find out that one of my favorite characters, Bronson, is in the book but not in the movie (according to my husband who has seen the movie). But that is all the more reason to read the book, so you don't miss out on the colorful antics of Bronson.
I was given a free advanced reader copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers, for the express purpose of writing a review. I did not promise a favorable review.