Purpose driven crystal meth?

Earlier this year Brian Nichols was in custody at the courthouse in downtown Atlanta and about to go to trial on rape charges. Nichols got free, killed four people and escaped. He ran to a suburb and ended up at Ashley Smith’s apartment.

Smith talked him into giving himself up and allegedly used Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Drive Life to get through to him. A couple of excerpts:

For some reason, the one with the gun untied her and let her go get the book, and like a kid sharing something newly discovered, Ashley ran and got The Purpose Driven Life and started reading right where she had left off: Chapter 33, “How Real Servants Act.” What she read pierced the man’s heart. Over a breakfast of pancakes and eggs, they talked into the morning.

Ashley recounts the following: “After we began to talk, he said he thought that I was an angel sent from God. And that I was his sister and he was my brother in Christ. And that he was lost and God led him right to me to tell him that he had hurt a lot people.”

As I was getting up this morning I hear on the news that Smith’s book of the whole account is due out today and she is going to be on Oprah’s show. Smith has now admitted that she gave Nichols crystal meth so he would trust her. Hey, I don’t blame her that is quick thinking to use what is at your disposal to save your lifes. But what in the world was Smith doing with crystal meth? She says she hasn’t used drugs since she left that apartment.

Now, it’s not necessarily the PDL folks who are at fault here. They did not know until now just as everyone else as far as I know. So many folks jumped on the PDL bandwagon though. To her credit Smith does come clean in her book. Seems she’s had a rough life and I hope she has found peace through Christ.

In an interview with The Book Standard Smith says:

It was a book [The Purpose Drive Life] that everybody was reading or knew of. So when they heard that I’d read to him from it, that’s what they kind of latched on to. I know that for me now, the part of The Purpose-Driven Life that I read to him was important. Because we talked and I asked him what he thought my purpose was and he told me it was to tell the world about me. And now I’m doing that. And I enjoy telling my story because I’m hoping that it will help people.

Now that Smith has the whole story out there I wonder if folks will argue for the potential benefits of having some meth lying around. I imagine it’s easier for someone to listen to you after you get them high. So now she is telling her story. Maybe a story about her purpose? It will be interesting to see what reaction, if any, we get from the PDL folks. I hope Ashley Smith gets some worldly comforts from her book and does not let them draw her into the world.

I don’t recall hearing too much about God working in this situation, rather I recall much noise about a popular book and now meth is added to the equation. I will try to answer the question then, “Where was God in all of this?” He was graciously and sovereignly saving a woman’s life while bringing a man to justice all at the same time. I pray we get to see God’s glory in all of this.

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1 JIBBS October 4, 2005 at 4:44 pm

I never heard about the crystal meth thing in the news. Has she been prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance?

What a strange story….

2 Karen October 25, 2005 at 8:14 pm

Oh my, that is craziness!

Has it been on Oprah already? That is bad news…next thing you know she’ll want Rick Warren on her show and then he will preach his watered down gospel which Oprah will find perfectly agreeable b/c she’s preached a similar one herself…yipes!!!

Karen – (aka SarahEdwds!)


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