NOTE FOR November 13th, 2012: For a limited time, download it for free on KINDLE by clicking HERE.
As I’ve stated in other reviews before, 2012 is the year of Navy SEALs autobiography and perhaps the Osama Bin Laden raid by DEVGRU might have had something to do with this sudden market and interests concerning the Navy SEALs. This is an autobiography of a Navy SEAL that became a Christian, though the book begins with the author’s high school days of teenage rebellion and silliness. I was surprised how much he spent in the book for that portion of his life. Then it turned towards the direction of how the author wanted to be a SEAL, his parents opposition, which led his dad hiring Scott Helvenston to physically train Chad Williams to be ready for the SEALs. For those who know anything about the SEALs, the name Scott Helvenston should ring a bell, since he was one of the youngest member to join the Navy SEALs at age 17 that became well known for the infamous incident in Fallujah when he and three other security contractors were brutally killed on March 31st, 2004. That event prompted a serious Marine assault on the city that April. Williams describe his sadness of the news of the lost of his mentor days before he left for the Navy, then goes on with his experience going through BUD/S. You wouldn’t want to put this book down; every SEALs biography about Hell Week and BUD/S makes me glad that there are some really tough men out there serving to protect our country and national interests. For a man so determine to be a SEAL, the author describes his sudden depression after having arrived at being a SEAL and his life’s downward direction before coming to Christ a crusade by Greg Laurie. This conversion led a radical shift in his life and the chapter on him being picked on and physically assaulted by members of his platoon was an unexpected turn in the book. It reminds us that being a Christian light in the military sometimes is it’s own war zone for the Christian. His tour in Iraq was mentioned only towards the end of the book. As I read this book I realized just how young this author is and how grateful I am for men like him who served in such a capacity as being a SEAL. I appreciate and was encouraged by his evangelistic zeal, nevertheless I am hoping that he grow deeper and deeper in the WORD of God as he ministers to people (not that I have doubts that he’s not, but just praying that he will grow). Too often we can see the Evangelical world be obsessed with young heroes and role models and set them up to fail when we don’t equally pray for them more than praise them. Again, this is a good autobiography and I read it under 24 hours because I can’t put it down and head to read late into the night and early morning