I received Antoinette Tuff's book "Prepared for a Purpose" in the mail yesterday, and finished it easily last night. I remember last August when I was driving alone, listening to the radio, and heard that there was a shooting at a school in Georgia. Normally I would not have paid attention, but when the county was named, I was familiar with it. It turned out that a gunman walked into a local school, and while he did shoot at police officers, he was kept calm by one of the school staff members. That staff member was Antoinette Tuff, and this is her story.
The book goes back and forth between what transpired in the school office between Tuff and the gunman, and the events in Tuff's life that she felt had happened to prepare her for that day. Her story - both the past and the event in August - were a really interesting, compelling read. She has overcome so much adversity in her life. And although she has had many ups and downs, it is so evident that they all led up to this one day in August, and the effect she was able to have on this one gunman. She continues to point to God throughout the book and the events in her life, and I think it is awesome. It is so true, in my opinion, that there are no coincidences, and so I really do think it's amazing to see how God worked throughout her life. I believe He will continue to use her as well.
I thought this was a great book. The story was fast-paced and I just didn't want to put it down until it was done. I think I would like to hang out with the author. I could just hear her speaking throughout the words in the book and I really respect her. I highly recommend this book.
Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.