Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fearless by Eric Blehm

Most people I know enjoy good stories. We like the story of the guy who suffered through incredible odds and ended up achieving. We love the story of the the man or woman who overcame incredible odds to win. I believe many in our culture today are looking for heroes. They are looking for people they can turn to for hope, strength, and courage. After reading the life account of Adam Brown, I think he was one of those men.

Eric Blehm has chronicled the life of Adam Brown in his book, Fearless. The subtitle explains the point of this book: "The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown." Let me say from the outset that I really enjoyed this book. The penmanship was superb, but only outmatched by the life it described. I really could not put this book down.
"One of Adam Brown's final wishes, written by hand on his CACO form, was that his spiritual testimony--his complete story--be told, including 'my life before I met Jesus Christ and Kelley.' You can appreciate now just how fearless Adam had been when he requested others to share that dark period from his past. Even in death, he selflessly and publicly risked tainting his own legacy sot hat others might be inspired to seek faith and overcome their own struggles" (251). 
That is what this book was all about. Yes, it was mostly about how he was a fearless man as he worked his way up to the most elite squad of military, SEAL Team SIX. But Blehm did not shy away from showing the dark years of his life. [I don't want to give too much away, so I won't expand on what the dark years were in his life]. After those dark years, it did seem that Brown did come to know Jesus. The gospel message of Jesus did seem to be a priority for him as he continued to fight the past demons and the demands of the military.

Considering I have not read much of the Navy SEALS, I found the information into his training very insightful. The thing that impressed me the most was how he passed the SEAL Team SIX training while being impaired. [Once again, read the book to find out what happened]. As the book progressed, I knew that the way he died would be described. But once I was there, it was still difficult to read. His life was so real to me through the written word that I wished there was some way to save him. He was that sort of man.

There is no doubt after reading this book that Adam Brown was a real soldier, one that makes me proud to be an American. But I think he would never have called himself a hero. He would have said that he was just doing his job. He would have been quick to pass the "hero" badge to Jesus, the author and perfecter of his faith. If you are looking for a great story of a man who became all he could be (I know it's not a Navy slogan, sorry), then Fearless is for you. It's really good. Below is a short video about the book that might encourage you to read it as well.

Warning: I do feel the need to put one warning in this review. There is some language in this book that might be offensive to some people. It is not pervasive, but it does exist.



I received a copy of Fearless by Eric Blehm from WaterBrook Press for review

1 comment:

  1. CALLED AND CHOSEN

    Matthew 22:14 For many are called , but few are chosen."

    Definition of called: Invited or summoned.

    Definition of chosen: Those who are eligible or suited for election. Elected and chosen are synonymous.

    WHO ARE THE CALLED?

    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

    Every person who has heard the gospel has been called. The call is not limited to a select few who have been predestined for salvation.

    WHO ARE THE CHOSEN (THE ELECTED)?

    The chosen are the ones who are obedient to the call of the gospel.
    The chosen are those who have 1. Faith: John 3:16

    The chosen are those who 2. Repent: Acts 3:19 (Repent means to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God).

    The chosen are those who 3. Confess: Roman 10:9-10

    The chosen are those who are 4. Baptized in water: Acts 2:38

    The chosen are not those who were supposedly, unconditionally selected, for salvation. The chosen have to be suited for election.

    THE CALLED WHO ARE NOT CHOSEN.

    Matthew 22:2-3 "the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.

    Many have had the gospel preached to them, but of their own free-will have rejected the call. If men reject the gift of eternal life by rejecting Jesus as Lord and Savior; then they have been called, but not chosen.

    Matthew 22:11-14 "But when the king came to look over the dinner quests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?" 13 Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14 For many are called but few are chosen."

    This wedding quest was disinvited. He was called but not chosen ; because he was not suitable to be chosen. Improper clothing was a big deal.

    Galatalians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    DO YOU HAVE THE PROPER WEDDING CLOTHES TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

    When you stand before the KING OF KINGS are you going to be speechless when He asks; where are your wedding clothes? WHAT WILL YOU SAY WHEN HE ASKS YOU WHY YOU REJECTED IMMERSION IN WATER FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS. WHAT WILL YOU ANSWER BE, WHEN JESUS ASKS YOU WHY YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITH BEING CLOTHED IN CHRIST?

    MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN!


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