When: October 22, 2016, Dinner & Program 6:00 – 8:15pm, Doors Open at 5:30pm
Where: Redding Civic Auditorium
Who: Ashley Smith is known worldwide as the single mother who persuaded Brian Nichols, Atlanta’s courtroom killer, to surrender to police. Nichols himself called Ashley “an angel sent from God”, but ironically, it was Ashley’s less-than-angelic past that convinced him to face justice. Ashley believes God led her through the highly publicized experience to help “unlikely angels” everywhere find hope.
Ashley’s life changed dramatically on March 11, 2005, when Brian Nichols forced his way into her apartment following his deadly rampage at Atlanta’s Fulton County Courthouse. After offering Nichols her remaining stash of methamphetamines, she brought out her copy of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. During her seven hours as Nichols’ hostage, her life-story and Warren’s direction made Nichols consider how God could use him if he surrendered. He did so the following morning.
Afterwards she 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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