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Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom Paperback – Bargain Price, April 28, 2011
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"NEVER SURRENDER takes the reader through the experiences of one of America's greatest living soldiers, touching firmly on recent history and much of the drama surrounding it. More importantly, the book shows how one of the strongest of the strong isn't so strong he can't still call on his faith and on God to guide him in difficult times." (Bill Cowan, retired marine and Fox News Channel contributor)
"[NEVER SURRENDER] is a saga of battles won and lost, of political intrigue and battlefield valor, of personal tragedy and the God who fashions greatness in the crucible of hardship. This is Jerry Boykin's story, a tale that offers us sterling character to make our own." (Stephen Mansfield, New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of the American Soldier)
""America's Point Man" for over three decades, Jerry Boykin is a national treasure . . . His story is an intriguing read for thinking Americans. He's not only borne the weight of battle, he's carried our nation in his heart. NEVER SURRENDER is a life story that demands both our gratitude and respect. Now that I think about it, my friend is the consummate tender warrior." (Stu Weber, pastor and author)
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Co-written by New York Times best selling author Lynn Vincent, Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom gets your interest on page one and keeps it through the entire book. The book's structure helps with the presentation. It is divided in thirteen sections. Each section covers one of the stages of Jerry Boykin's life or a major US operation he was involved in. Each section is divided into short, action-packed chapters.
The book tells story after story of how famous military operations went down. The Iran Hostage Crisis, Sudan, Grenada, Panama, Waco and the Branch Davidians, Columbia, Somalia, the Balkans and more give great insight into contemporary US military history.
Jerry Boykin is a born-again Christian. The role of his faith is very tastefully woven into each story. You will not feel preached at, but rather have an appreciation of how his belief in God sustained and directed him through the years.
One of my favorite stories in the book involved Panama, the playing of loud, rock music and Manuel Noriega. The media thought the US Army was using the loud music as a psychological weapon against Noriega. The original intent of the music was to keep the media from being able to eavesdrop on the conversations between Boykin and the Vatican embassy where Noriega was hold-up.
The most insightful section was on Mogadishu, Somalia. It gives the real story that the movie Blackhawk Down omits.Read more ›
Several important insights are available from this book:
1) Charlie Beckwith, whose book Delta Force: The Army's Elite Counterterrorist Unit I really enjoyed, especially the part where he refused to leave a British field hospital for an American one, learned from the SAS the most important lesson it had to teach, and brought it to DELTA: to be *truly* unconventional, to be *truly* irregular, you must be UNMILITARY. From this page (69) I simply relaxed and enjoyed a great account. I got what I was looking for, sooner than expected.
2) The 12-hour long march from point to point is a time-tested method of screening for individuals who have inherent resolve that cannot be trained for. I quote from page 78: "The Army can train a man to spy, shoot, blow things up, and kill with his bare hands. But it cannot instill in a man the series of two-sided personality coins that cash out as a successful operative: patience and aggression, precision and audacity, the ability to lead or fall in line. Above all, the Army cannot instill resolve beyond physical and mental limits."
3) In the above context, faith is helpful, and faith cannot be taken for granted. Early on I enjoyed the author's explanation of how he reconciled faith with a profession that wages death (for life), finding that every war is a spiritual battle.Read more ›
Everything seemed perfect for Boykin - until the scope of his responsibility as a new platoon leader began to weigh on him. He rummaged through a box and withdrew his Bible. He turned to the Gospel of John, and the words jumped off the page to him: "I am the light of the world," Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Yet, he was experiencing a deep spiritual emptiness. Then he failed an Infantry Officers Basic Course night patrol. Until that moment, Boykin had trusted God as a sort of spiritual insurance policy. "But when I failed that patrol, I suddenly understood I had been relying too much on myself and not enough on God. For me, that was the beginning of a life lived relying on God moment by moment."
Boykin didn't immediately get his wish to fight in Vietnam. Ordered to Korea as an aide-de-camp to a general officer, he nearly lost his boss's dog, but finally arrived in South Vietnam in 1972, until the cease-fire cut short his combat tour.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent.. This man's military journey mixed with his Christian faith that helped guide his career.. was amazing and written like you were there.. Excellent bookPublished 8 days ago by John Hancock
Great book. I am not into war stories. This testimony held my interest. There is always victory with God. Amen...Published 1 month ago by Jackie Barlow
I liked the book a lot. Enjoyed the stories and have huge respect and admiration for what Gen. Boykin has done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin
Good book, but it came without the book cover needed. Huge bummer on my part.Published 6 months ago by Daniel Shemesh