Book Review: Courageous by Randy Alcorn
By, Donna M. Monnig
Four deputies, four fathers, four Christians. For these four men, which duty is more important? Deputy Adam Mitchell and his friends usually put the job ahead of their families and their faith. After all, keeping criminals off the streets is important work. It’s not until tragedy strikes that they realize just how important being a father and keeping their faith can be. Each man realizes that to have honor behind the badge, honor must first begin at home. Each also realizes that being courageous isn’t just about facing down drug dealers with guns, but being able to face their own faults and fears.
The book Courageous, written by Randy Alcorn, is a novelization of the screenplay by Alex Kendrick and Stephan Kendrick. While the story is good, the book, like its characters, has its faults. It can be hard to keep up with who’s who, and some of the scenes are a little jumpy, making it difficult to keep up with what is going on.
While religion and morals should always be welcome in a story, Courageous, could be considered overbearing by some. Some women would consider the men in the book to be overly dominate of their wife’s with the constant insistence that they be the ones to lead the household.
All this is not to say that the book doesn’t have its good points. It shows strong family, friendship, and moral values; at the same time, it is inspirational and humorous. One humorous example is when Deputy Adam Mitchell and his partner Shane are on the road, Adam is talking with his wife on his cell phone:
Adam felt the phone buzz and pulled it away to read the screen. “Hey, Victoria, the sheriff’s calling. I gotta go. Love you. Bye.” Adam pushed the button to connect. “Hello, sir. Yes. Headed right there.”
Shane pointed left to indicate the turn.
“Yes, sir. We did that. Thank you, sir. Love you. Bye.”
Shane gaped at him wide-eyed.
“Oh no, no, no!” Adam stared disbelievingly at his cell.
Shane snorted. “Did you just tell the sheriff you loved him?”
“I can’t believe I said that. Should I call him back?”
“You gonna tell him you don’t?”
All in all, Courageous is a good story. It deals with triumph and tragedy, honor and shame, friendship and betrayal, happiness and grief. Courageous is a view of life through the eyes of four deputies who are just trying to make ends meet.
Other viewpoints in Courageous come from a young gang banger trying to find his place in the world, a Mexican man trying to support his family, and teenage children who don’t see eye to eye with their parents. Discover that no matter what your place in life, being courageous is hard.
©Donna M. Monnig
(Note: This book review was originally published in the Greyhound Express, 2012)