Courageous: A Novel

by Randy Alcorn

Paperback, 2011



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Tyndale House Books (2011), Edition: Mti, 392 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Literature. HTML: 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 discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift farther and farther away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them? When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God . . . and to their children? Bestselling author Randy Alcorn brings the heart-pounding drama of the screenplay by Alex and Stephen Kendrick to this inspiring novel that also includes subplots, characters, and backstory not seen in the movie..… (more)


Audie Award (Finalist — 2012)


Original language


Physical description

392 p.; 8.25 inches


1414358466 / 9781414358468



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LibraryThing member dgmlrhodes
If you enjoyed the story/movie Fireproof, this is a must read. This is a beautifully crafted story with a good Christian message
LibraryThing member StarrK
First of all I was very excited to get this book to review. I love the Kendrick brothers’ first couple of movies. I thought that it was awesome that they decided to put out a book first. I didn’t even know that Randy Alcorn was going to be doing the novelization. Obviously, I also didn’t know
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that Facing the Giants and The Love Dare also had been books. But I was excited, and I couldn’t wait to get started. This is probably the first book that I’ve read that has a very specific target in mind. Such an oddity, that I had to really figure out who was supposed to be reading this book. As a writer, one’s often told to keep the audience in mind. But as a reader, no one ever tells you that. But this book is written specifically for Christians. If you are not a Christian, you may enjoy this book a lot-it’s a good book. But you may also feel like you’re being preached at, and that may turn you off of the story.
It’s the story of four men who choose to walk the dangerous path of a cop’s life every day – without flinching. But they are also fathers, who are human and mess up a lot. I enjoyed it on multiple levels. The very basic being that Randy Alcorn is one of my all-time favorite authors and I have yet to be disappointed. But the deepest level being that I discovered a new-found appreciation for my father, whom I have not always gotten along with. It’s not just about being there when the kids need you, but standing for your family and against all things that come to destroy it –even when it is yourself that you have to face or any other familiar enemy. Courageous is about truly learning what it means to serve and protect – your family. I found this story to be deeply profound and I was moved by the beauty of what men of courage and honor truly look like.

Always Shine,
Starr K
I was given a free copy of this galley in exchange for my honest review.
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LibraryThing member longhorndaniel
Well of course it is better than the movie (which is excellent; story not the acting necasarrily) has several important details that the movie leaves out that are essential to the greater story
LibraryThing member tcoggin1
As a police wife, I was so intrigued by this novel. This book hits so close to home and allows the reader to look at the job from a different perspective. It allows the reader to delve into the lives of four officers,struggling with their own demons. In the end, family and God is what is important,
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which so many officers lose sight of. I shared this book with my LEO and it gave him a new outlook on the job, on life, and on his family.
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LibraryThing member yvonne.sevignykaiser
Slow to start but did pick up. Read this for a Morning Book Group.
LibraryThing member KimSalyers
seen the movie but want to read the book. the movie was touching and will pull at your heart strings
just received this in the mail just a few minutes ago a friend had got it for me from
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
A friend (MH) sent me this book in a box of books. I'd seen the movie at a church years ago and liked it. So, since this was technically a "re-read", it merits a 4-5 star rating. I do think the movie has a bit more impact than the book but that may just be because I saw the movie first and knew the
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storyline by the time I read the book.

The basic storyline is a call to fathers (and father figures): To put their family ahead of their jobs, To connect with their children, To learn more about God and what God wants a father to be and to do.



Of the main male characters, Javier is the only one who had a loving father in his life. Nathan had a father-figure who cared about him but still states it wasn't the same as having a father.

In the movie, the scene of Javier being leader of the Snake Kings was a funny part--especially if you speak Spanish and know what he was really saying. I also liked the scenes where Adam assumes Javier is the man sent by Shane and where he realizes Javier is not the same man and their back and forth when he goes back to question Javier.

I also like Nathan's taking his daughter Jade to a fancy restaurant for a sort of purity pledge talk (it seemed like this went beyond the purity ring stuff that was prominent years ago though it might have been based on that.)

I also liked Adam realizing that he needed to 1) be interested in things his son was interested in in order to reach him and 2) realizing that he needed to offer encouragement to his son.

I was a little confused when Derrick says he has no one. When we meet him, he was living with his grandmother and he has an Uncle Reggie who tried to intervene with him. I would think either one of those two would be there for him if convinced that Derrick really wanted to change or had changed. That isn't addressed in this book.
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