Thursday, July 19, 2012

SEAL of God by Chad Williams

Back Cover Blurp:

Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only 13 from a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad served his country on SEAL Teams One and Seven for five years, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq.

Part memoir, part evangelism piece, SEAL of God follows Chad’s journey through the grueling Naval Ops training and onto the streets of Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Along the way, Chad shares his own radical conversion story and talks about how he draws on his own experiences as a SEAL to help others better understand the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love.

My Thoughts:

I've always held our military in high esteem, knowing the sacrifices they make are far above anything we can imagine.  But the!  Chad's book gives us a healthy dose of what SEAL training consists of, and I have a new respect for these elite warriors.

Chad's story is a familiar one: raised in a Christian home, wandering down the wrong path and into full-blown rebellion.  What makes his tale unique is his gut-level desire to become a Navy SEAL, and how God used his training to begin to lead him back home and to win Chad's heart for Christ.

He is an excellent storyteller, and the book is engaging and authentic.  The stories Chad shares about his life with his younger brother reminded me of my husband and his younger brother and the mischief those two often got into together.  In fact, Chad reminded me a lot of my husband (minus the military training!).

This is mostly a memoir of becoming a SEAL, but it's also about God pursuing a young man's heart, and the obvious change in Chad's life once he surrendered to God.  I would have enjoyed a bit more about his life after he accepted Christ, but the book is still well-balanced and detailed...and you really appreciate what Chad endured to achieve his goal.

You also get a better sense of why Chad finally chose Christ...but I won't spoil it for you.  It's better if you read it for yourself.

I received my copy of "SEAL of God" by swiping it off of my husband's bookshelf, and he received it from Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries (why, I have no idea...I'm still looking into that one!).

"SEAL of God" is recommended.

Happy Reading!



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