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Book Reviews: Fearless

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Rarely do I find books so powerful that I can’t put them down.  Over the last two days, even when I was exhausted at 1am, I’d pick up this book and find myself reading for a few more hours.  Last night, I not only finished it, I ended up crying.  This story makes you feel what his wife feels, makes you understand how faith can carry you and makes you learn, intimately, what it’s like to be part of such an elite force.

The excerpt about the book from its website:

FEARLESS takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators.

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, but Adam was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this Earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

But long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—there was a fun-loving country boy from Arkansas whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam Brown was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents … until he grew older, and his family watched that appetite for risk draw him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail.

FEARLESS is the story of a man of extremes, whose determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam Brown’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

What isn’t described in this excerpt was Adam’s drug addiction that he fought his whole life – the fact that he was one of the older men to join the Navy and quickly move his way up the ranks, despite him being accident-prone and not physically at the top of his class. Or, his need to help others – like on Thanksgiving Day when he handed out more than 500 pairs of shoes, that he requested from home, instead of a Thanksgiving care package, to poor children.  Or that he was already thinking about his future and how he wanted to get an MBA at Harvard and powered through getting his bachelors, while he was deployed.  Adam’s story gave me a deeper understanding of what it means to struggle and what it means to fight through it.  No doubt, each of us can pull a little inspiration from this to become a better person in some way.

I highly recommend this book, as there isn’t one person it can’t touch.  It can be bought here.

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