Courageous by Randy Alcorn

Leah Courtney

This was the novelization of a screenplay from the producers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants.  Adam Mitchell and his fellow police officers face danger on the force day after day.  But, throughout this story, they come to realize that their first and most important job should be to be the husbands and fathers that God wants them to be.  When Adam's family faces tragedy, he develops a personal resolution that leads to life changes for all of the men.

I'm not exactly sure why I chose this book to review.  Contrary to popular opinion throughout the church world, I didn't particularly like Fireproof.  I thought the premise, was great but the delivery was fairly lame.  I felt the same about Courageous.  The premise was really good.  I love the resolution.  I love the way that these men come to realize the priority of family.  I think the authors and producers are right on target with the importance of the issue and with their indirect teaching.  Unfortunately, I think the story falls short of being a good read.  The characters seem unrealistic.  The conversations in which the primary characters share all these good things they are learning about God and their families are rather stilted.  Even the unfolding of the story seems very forced. 

I can't say it was all bad.  There were some definite touching moments in the story.  And, again, I really like the premise of the book.  I just think it fell short of what it could have been.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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