2012 – Tyndale – ISBN: 978-14143-6874-0
Let me start by saying how much I love and care for the US Armed Forces. Without them we would be severely lost. They provide us with protection and create a barrier that keeps us safe.
With that said, I am not sure how I feel about this book. I found the story to be less compelling than I thought I would. I was excited to read it and was looking to be encouraged by the story that would be told. I approached the book with the knowledge that I couldn’t understand everything about the author’s life but that he would give some principles that would guide a life of being a warrior for God.
I found myself unprepared for just a story. I expected a spiritual journey and I received a simple biography. Chad Williams walks us through his journey to becoming a SEAL and then for leaving the SEAL teams. He spends two thirds of the book describing the process and his motivation for becoming a SEAL. In the last third or so, he explains how he began to follow Christ and where that came into direct conflict with his role a SEAL. He processes how he made the decision to leave the SEALs.
I felt like this book develops a justification for Williams instead of giving men some insight into the narrow path that lay before them. He wants men to know that they can be tough and be a Christian.
I wish I could like this book. I wish I could say read this book and it will give wisdom about x, y, or z. I just cannot recommend it.
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