Captive: Night of Purpose Event on 9/17 and Letter from David Oyelowo

By Melanie Guthrie September 17, 2015

Enjoy CAPTIVE: NIGHT OF PURPOSE for all Thursday night showtimes of CAPTIVE!

For one-night-only, on Thursday, September 17 beginning at 7:00 p.m., you are invited to be a part of this event with friends, family, schools and congregations! Immediately following the screening, watch and experience exclusive content and meaningful conversations with the film’s cast and filmmakers. CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. After being taken hostage by Brian in her own apartment, Ashley turns to Rick Warren’s inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life, for guidance. CAPTIVE opens in theaters on September 18, 2015. Let CAPTIVE: NIGHT OF PURPOSE open up a dialogue to discovering purpose in all of us.

Below is a letter from one of the main characters, David Oyelowo on the themes of CAPTIVE. Take a look and get tickets to see CAPTIVE in theatres everywhere on September 18th!

For me, the overriding themes of "CAPTIVE" are hope, redemption and forgiveness.

A fugitive murderer taking a recovering meth addict hostage in her apartment for seven hours sounds like a hopeless circumstance out of which nothing good could come. But on March 11, 2005, that was exactly the situation out of which Ashley Smith's new hope-filled life was born.

Ashley was on a path that left her feeling broken, weighed down by self-loathing and guilt-ridden over losing custody of her daughter because of her drug habit and the loss of her husband to a drug-related murder. By the time Brian Nichols broke into her apartment and took her hostage that night, she felt like she deserved death. But her redemption came when she was asked by her would-be killer to take the very drug that had held her captive for so long and she mustered the courage to refuse.

A combination of Ashley’s immense show of strength at her crossroads, God's miraculous intervention through the words of Rick Warren's inspirational book, "The Purpose Driven Life," and the reality of being given a second chance enabled Ashley to embrace God's mercy and grace. Though she knew she didn't deserve His forgiveness, in spite of her past she immediately understood it was freely given.

David O


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