“Unlikely Angel” Ashley Smith Robinson Talks About Being Held “Captive”

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You may remember in March of 2005, Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life made national headlines when a man named Brian Nichols escaped from an Atlanta courthouse and after murdering four people, forced his way into a single mother’s home and held her hostage for seven hours. Ashley Smith Robinson by her own account is far from an angel or a hero, yet today, her face is known around the world as that single mother who persuaded Nichols to surrender to police.

I recently interviewed Ashley about her experience. We talked about her addiction to meth and how God used this incredible experience to draw her back to Himself. I asked her abut her involvement in the movie making process, what she thought of the actress that played her, and what viewers should take away from the film and her experience.

The new “Captive” starring Kate Mara (House of Cards) and David Oyelowo (Selma) is based on Ashley’s remarkable story.

The movie opens nationwide in theaters today.

Listen to the Full Interview:

Ashley wrote her best-selling book, Unlikely Angel – The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Hostage Hero, donating proceeds to a memorial fund honoring the victims of the Atlanta courthouse tragedy. She returned to the familiar embrace of her family and now lives with them and her daughter Paige. Ashley’s familiar face reaches seekers from all walks of life, and her authentic, quietly courageous testimony exemplifies a genuine, guiding faith.

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Check out this news stories and talk show clips to learn more about Ashley’s story:

Resources for the movie “Captive”:

If you would like some free resources to share the movie “Captive” with your team, visit captivemovieresources.com

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Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, where he produced media content for four campuses, as well as led volunteer teams.

He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. Newspring has 10 campuses across the state with a weekly attendance of over 35,000. At one campus alone, the number of consistent volunteers serving in media production tripled, under his leadership.

He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.

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