Prepared for a Purpose

The Inspiring True Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege

By Antoinette Tuff; Alex Tresniowski
Bethany House Publishers, Hardcover, 9780764212635, 232pp.

Publication Date: January 2014

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True Story of Courage and Compassion in a School Under Siege
As 870 children waited in fear, 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 of 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.

About the Author
Antoinette Tuff is a true picture of grace, courage, leadership, and heroism at its best. But before she made headlines and talked a school shooter back from the brink, she was a woman who faced--and overcame--her own pain and hurt. Publicly recognized by President Obama for her courageous act that saved a school from tragedy, she's also been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for civilian heroism. Today Antoinette speaks around the world, spreading hope and sharing her inspiring message of how our lives prepare us for our own moments of purpose. She has two children. Learn more at Tresniowski is a longtime human-interest writer at "People "and has written several books, most notably "The Vendetta," which was purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie "Public Enemies." His most recent novel, "An Invisible Thread," spent eleven weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list.

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

Antoinette Tuff prevented a mass shooting at an elementary school last year by calming down the mentally ill gunman. Tuff speaks with host Michel Martin about her new memoir Prepared for a Purpose, and that fateful day in Georgia. More at

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