Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy
SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm
After reading this book the first time, all I could think was “Wow!” I found it hard to wrap my mind around all the things that happened to one person and the way he overcame them. It seems impossible. My next thought was to share this with the rest of my family, especially my son. I thought it would especially be relevant to him since he is also a young adult that’s still finding his way in the world.
When Kelley first meets Adam, her friend whispers to her to stay away from that one…he’s crazy. Of course, Kelley was intrigued because he was the one she was attracted to. After they had known each other only a little while Adam showed up late for a date. It was then that she found out about his former drug problem, his lack of direction in college, his partying and addiction to crack, and the sordid events that eventually led to his arrest and conviction of felonies against his friends. He told her about the year he spent in drug rehabilitation, how he found Jesus Christ as his Savior. She could relate to his story, as it seemed similar to her own history but without the drugs. Their time together as Adam fought the pull of the drugs is only the tip of the iceberg.
Adam kept running away from his concerned friends. At one point, he confessed to his friend, Jeff, “I’m a loser.” In spite of his relationship with Jesus, he couldn’t overcome the pull of the drugs. Kelley had spent nine months pulling him out of crack houses, praying for him and he’d finally run from her. He was afraid he’d been putting her in danger, and she was close to giving up on him. He and Jeff had a long talk while they discussed solutions. One of them was joining the Navy. Adam remembered a movie about the SEALS and he decided he needed direction and something challenging to work for. To become a SEAL, he would need to be completely drug free for two years. The alternative was unthinkable.
Adam’s journey through boot camp, A-School, then BUD/S training to become a SEAL was grueling, but Kelley, now married to Adam, stood by him and he learned to lean on the Lord. The training brought out the “psycho” character trait from his school days and he would not give up. His scores were not the highest in his classes, but the instructors liked him because he gave his all and then some, was a team player, and showed leadership qualities throughout.
Graduation from BUD/S and the birth of his son came at the same time. One day during airborne training, Adam called Kelley, “It’s calling my name.” That was his way of telling her he was facing temptation again from the crack. Kelley immediately dropped everything and moved to an apartment closer to his training base, and put the baby in his arms as often as she could to remind him that he was a daddy now. He had to be strong.
From energetic, spastic goofy kid taking reckless chances to consummate professional warrior, Adam found his place. When 9/11 rolled around he was even more fervent in his love for his family, God, and his country. He kept training, kept overcoming, became loving husband and daddy, responsible son, leader, and even a Sunday school teacher. But you absolutely have to read this book to find out the rest of the story. Some pretty amazing problems kept hitting Adam and Kelley, but they overcame them, one by one.
By the time you get to the end event, you really know Adam Brown, and it hits a person hard to know his life was given to serve our country. But aside from his sacrifice, his life is a celebration of dedication and commitment to the Lord and those he loved. Yes, he was human and failed at first. That’s what makes this read so compelling. This is a book I plan to read many times.
A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Blogging for Books (A WaterbrookMultnomah.com division). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Fearless by Eric Blehm (create-with-joy.com)
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