Fearless by Eric Blehm is an incredible story. I was slightly aware of the work that goes into the making of a Navy SEAL–but this story of Adam Brown goes far beyond anything I had ever thought about.

When we meet Adam as a teenager, he is hardly what one would think of as Navy SEAL material–one would have thought he would be far more likely to have ended up in prison. An alcoholic, a drug addict…an out-of-control young man–who would have given him a chance?

But he was given a chance–and he turned his life around, ultimately becoming a member of the SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden.

He dug himself out of the alcoholic and drug addict pit with the help of his faith, his family, and his love for the woman who touch a chance on him and married him…and he became a role model and a leader of his team. Was he perfect? No…but who is? He was committed to being the best he could be, to serving his country in the best way he knew how, to being a follower of Christ to the fullest extent possible. He struggled sometimes with the challenge of being both a Christian and a Navy SEAL, but he lived out his commitment completely, sometimes entering a village as a SEAL with weapons in hand–and the next day returning to that same village with a bag of shoes for the village children.

Besides being the story of one individual, Fearless gives some important insight into the lives of the families of the SEALs–their fears, their challenges, their struggles…and the community that is created because of their husbands’ responsibilities.

It’s a book well worth reading–but have some tissue nearby. It is a difficult book to get through without at least some tears as you share Adam and Kelly’s story.

This book was provided free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for reviewing it.

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