Prepared for a Purpose – Book Review

Prepared for a Purpose: The inspiring true story of how one woman saved an Atlanta school under siege

Antoinette Tuff’s courage and faith prevented tragedy in a school under siege. 870 children waited in fear as their elementary school rushed into lockdown mode. As the nation faced yet another Sandy Hook story of tragedy, one woman rewrote the ending.

Yet the story doesn’t start with those first steps Michael Hill took into that Atlanta elementary school. It starts with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who faced her own pain, hurt, and rejection, yet held onto grace, faith, and hope. A hope that anchored her in the most high-stakes moments, a grace that allowed her to empathize with a hurting young man, and a faith that gave her the courage to love him back from the brink.

This is more than just the amazing account of tragedy averted. It’s the evidence of what we can do when we allow ourselves to be used by God. And it’s a story of how God uses all of our life experiences, the good and the bad, to prepare us for our own moment of divine purpose.


This book is a fast read and I found it interesting to read about Antoinette Tuff’s experience of stopping a school shooting. I’ve heard about ones that have happened and it was interesting reading someone’s first person account of what happened in one that could have ended up like most of the other shootings.

I did find the book jumped all over the place. Once Tuff started talking about the events of the shooting, I just wanted to know what happened but instead Tuff would jump to her personal experiences which were interesting but I just wanted to know what happened in the shooting.

This is an interesting book for what it contains, although not everyone will agree with the theology she includes as I didn’t always agree with it.

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