July 5, 2013
There are so many books to read these days that it can make your head spin as you narrow your selection. It is only fitting that I finished reading "Fearless" by Eric Blehm on July 4th. The book focuses on Navy Seal Team SIX Operator Adam Brown.
The book drew me in initially due to the insight it provided to the elite fighting force known as the Navy Seals. Amidst the recent movies and fanfare over the last couple of years, including my own interest in military matters, it stood out from everything else on the rack. After all the Navy Seals maintain a high level of secrecy into their teams and for good reason. My curiosity was peaked as to just what extent the author had been allowed inside an otherwise guarded area. What I didn't expect to find was such a vivid glimpse into the life of a true American hero, Adam Brown.
Right from the beginning I connected with Adam. His passage from boy to man reminded me of many of my own thoughts and choices during that same period in my life. As the story continued to unfold I found myself connecting even more. The desires, the struggles, the searching for your place in life...it all rushed back in an instant. I found myself right in the story with Adam. Every accomplishment and every setback he encountered hit me as a man in my own journey. I had stood at that same crossroads with some of the same baggage.
The more I could tell you about Fearless the more I would take away from the experience that comes from reading the book. While it does provide a lot of great military insight it provides a greater insight into the human heart. While the story will inspire anyone who reads the book it will resonate with every man even more. It is a story of courage, struggle, redemption, failure, faith, sacrifice, reflection and compassion. I walked away wanting to be a better husband, father, son and friend. More importantly I walked away wanting to be a stronger man of faith.
At a time when our world so desperately needs good role models you will find the story of Adam Brown. His story, while not blemish-free, reminds us all that God uses the good and the bad in our lives for a greater purpose. Realizing that purpose and living it out on a daily basis makes a greater impact than we can ever realize.
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.