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On August 20, 2013, Antoinette Tuff stood face to face with a gunman at Robert E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just outside of Atlanta. Using her courage and faith, she was able to talk him into surrendering, protecting more than 800 young children who were locked down in the school.

Tuff's debut book, Prepared For A Purpose, covers the journey that led her to that fateful day. She shares the tale of raising a child with multiple disabilities, and her marriage and financial struggles.

Now Tuff travels around the world sharing her inspiring message of faith, courage and how to overcome to people from all walks of life, from church groups to business groups. She also has started a non-profit organization called Kids on the Move for Success, which is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to underprivileged children.

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Entries by Antoinette Tuff

God Has Big Plans for YOU!!

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 7:27 PM

Are you in the midst of a situation that seems to be more than you can bare? Have you prayed to God, and asked for his grace and mercy to overshadow the pain, stress, and/or frustration you are experiencing right now? After you prayed, did you continue to let the...

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New Beginning in God

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 11:29 AM


Everyone goes through something in life. Our problems are the foundation in building a strong faith. We trust in God to guide us along the right path, as he said in Psalm 23. However, what happens when God doesn't move as...

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(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 10:57 AM


Sometimes we forget to live in our todays. Instead we live in our yesterdays, or in our tomorrows. We begin to believe that both the past and future are more important than the present. We forget that the most precious thing of all...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 7:23 AM


Every day of our lives we have to deal with different situations and challenges. Some days, those challenges are not too demanding. Other days, they seem like they're insurmountable. We make plans and set schedules to try and gain some kind...

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(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:09 AM


I want to talk about darkness. Not just the darkness that happens when the sun goes down and the lights go off -- I'm talking about the darkness that sometimes descends on our lives, making everything seem bleak and hopeless. Most of...

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Put On Your Armor of God

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:08 PM


Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you get so mad or so sad your emotions completely overtake you? Where, instead of thinking your way out of a problem, you react out of instinct and emotion and pain? I...

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Peaceful Words of God

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:44 PM


We all have moments when we feel like our lives are spinning out of control. Lord knows, I've had mine. There were times when I felt like I didn't matter anymore -- like I was made of paper and the slightest...

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3 Steps to Turning Pain Into Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:16 PM

You might think that August 20, 2013 -- the day an armed gunman came into the school where I worked and trapped me in an office with him -- was the darkest, most difficult day of my life. But the truth is, it wasn't. There were other times in my...

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Asking the Right Question

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:45 PM

"God, what are we going to do now?"

That is the question I silently asked myself on August 20, 2013, when an armed gunman came into the school where I worked and trapped me in a front office, just the two of us. Today, people ask me about that question,...

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Prepared for a Purpose

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:36 PM

My name is Antoinette Tuff, and five months ago, on August 20, my life changed forever.

That was the day an armed intruder broke into the McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., where I worked as a bookkeeper, and threatened to start killing people. At the time...

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