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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick Narrator: Roger Mueller Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781608148882
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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 new-found urgency help these dads draw closer to God, and to their children?

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Lonberg | 2/18/2014

    " Wonderful book! I felt as if it was written for me, as a new father. The story and characters are very real and make the Scriptural themes very relatable. Can't wait for the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duckie | 1/31/2014

    " A nice read but it seemed a little too good to be true. Not really my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 1/29/2014

    " This story could have been really good however I felt like it was 300+ pages of a sermon. Too much religion in this novel. I struggled through the entire thing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2014

    " What an amazing book about how important dads are in our lives and how important it is to be committed to being a good example as a father and leading your family in living Godly lives. Everyone should read this!!! We all must be courageous and follow God! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deon Mangan | 1/16/2014

    " Very good book. Loved the characters learning about living their Christian faith. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim Stewart | 1/15/2014

    " awful. bad soap opera style writing. blatant Christianity agenda. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/8/2014

    " A rousing treatise on what husbandhood and fatherhood means and encompasses. It asks the question, "What do I want for my family and how do I achieve it?" It puts into perspective various life choices and provides possible outcomes in fictional lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell | 1/5/2014

    " The movie was fantastic, but the book had a lot more to offer. New characters and new situations that are going on around the action in the film really paint a more thorough look at the world in which they exist. This was a very entertaining book that I read in only two days - - a rare thing for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis Hughes | 11/28/2013

    " Absolutely the best book I have read in a while. If only more parents would do this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/14/2013

    " I thought the message of this story was a 5 star, but the story lacked. Still a good book. Makes me so grateful for Eric. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lanita | 11/1/2013

    " This book is a great read for fathers--if they would read it. I listened to it as an audiobook, and that might be the best way to share it with someone. Has a great message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Little | 10/26/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book; I did not see the movie, but a new believer and my pastor went to see it and were thrilled. The lessons are easy to understand and apply. Thanks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 10/24/2013

    " This is a great book for Christian readers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Bowen | 6/5/2013

    " The book was Soooo much better than the movie I thought. Wouldn't it be great if every father in the world could read this (and get it) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnea | 5/4/2013

    " I highly recommend this book! It is a faith based book, but I believe it would be a very inspirational story for every belief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/3/2013

    " Great book about being a Christian at home & at work. I love how the men & their families evolved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Kasznia | 2/19/2013

    " I was disappointed in this book. The writing was not good but the book had a good message. I am hoping the movie is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Redfeairn | 10/13/2012

    " Awesome, amazing message. Writing was okay... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 9/27/2012

    " Loved it and think that we could all, as parents learn alot from it. Can't wait to see the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckie | 9/7/2012

    " This book is a 'novelization' based on the movie "Courageous". It tells the story of fatherhood from the perspective of several men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Thelen | 8/15/2012

    " I haven't seen the movie yet, but this novelization was pretty good. Felt a little like a screenplay at times but the story is powerful and shines through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 3/8/2012

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann237 | 11/13/2011

    " Another great book, one that should be on every parents not just a fathers reading list. In today's world sadly both parents can become so involved in what's going on outside the home, they are missing what really needs to be seen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/4/2011

    " This book had a great message of where our lives should focus. I thought the writing was kind of cheesy in places and jumped around a lot. I think the movie would be better to watch than the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 10/18/2011

    " Although it was written from a screenplay, I enjoyed the storyline and the Biblical insights for men and women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 10/9/2011

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 10/7/2011

    " I was disappointed in this book. The writing was not good but the book had a good message. I am hoping the movie is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 9/30/2011

    " Wow... What else can I say? This was an amazing book. I couldn't put it down, and as a father myself, it made me think of how I could be more than just a "good father". This book will make you laugh, and even choke you up a bit. I wanna see the movie so bad now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 9/29/2011

    " This book was very good. It took me a bit to get into as there are a lot of characters introduced the first few chapters. As expected, Randy acorn delivers a great book with an awesome lesson for life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 9/27/2011

    " Amazing book. Great message that really makes you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/25/2011

    " This book had a great message of where our lives should focus. I thought the writing was kind of cheesy in places and jumped around a lot. I think the movie would be better to watch than the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 9/20/2011

    " Wonderful book! I felt as if it was written for me, as a new father. The story and characters are very real and make the Scriptural themes very relatable. Can't wait for the movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/7/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/3/2011

    " Not bad story and really loved the movie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 8/30/2011

    " Great character development. Some parts really hit home, while others were convicting as to how my husband & I live our lives. "

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About the Author
Author Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. He is the author of more than forty books, including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. He and his wife live in Gresham, Oregon. They have two daughters, Angela and Karina, and several grandchildren.

About the Narrator

Roger Mueller is a well-known stage and television actor in Chicago. In addition, his radio and voice-over credits include Unshackled!, the Left Behind series, and the audio series Down Gilead Lane.