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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Priceless: She's Worth Fighting For

In 2012 Joel and Luke Smallbone founded for King & Country and were named Billboard's New Artists to Watch.  Since then, they've exceeded expectations with 750,000 albums sold, 100 million streams, sold-out shows, two Grammy awards, six K-LOVE fan awards, and appearances on national television shows such as The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, Fox & Friends, and others.  The "Priceless Movement" has been part of the band from the beginning, reminding women of their worth and encouraging men to respect and honor women.

The powerfully compelling novelization of the major motion picture by Joel and Luke Smallbone of the band for King & Country.

Publisher:  Worthy Publishing

James Stevens was, at one time, a good man with a great life.  After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life.  Angry,desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash - no questions asked.  When he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly.  James becomes an unlikely hero who must fight to save the lives of two young women and finds himself falling in love with one of them.
Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future?

My Thoughts:
If you were to ask me, "Who is your favorite band?", I would without a second thought answer with "for King & Country, of course".  Their lyrics inspire and now that inspiration is spreading to the big screen with the upcoming movie Priceless in theaters October 14th.  Joel and Luke Smallbone teamed up with Nancy Rue to write a novelization of the major motion picture.
I don't typically appreciate novelizations of movies.  Most of the time, I find them lacking.  Priceless: She's Worth Fighting For was a refreshing and expected cut way above the rest.  While the book begins and moves for a few chapters at a slow pace, the second half takes your breath away!  The slow pace of the beginning of the story is acceptable as it sets up the characters and back story which for me enhanced the emotional and inspiring second half of the book.
I appreciated that Joel, Luke and Nancy did not hold back as they approached the subject matter.  They didn't clean things up to make it more easy to swallow.  I felt anger at points in the story and was heartbroken and in tears at other points.  The characterization and plot are well thought out and the transformation of James is beautiful.  This is a story portraying how beauty can arise from the ashes and I can't wait to see it on the big screen.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of giving an honest review.