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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414368747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414368740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chad Williams is a former Navy SEAL, having served his country proudly from 2004 to 2010. Now engaged in full-time ministry work, Chad uses the training and experience he gained as a SEAL to help communicate the gospel to others. Chad and his wife, Aubrey, live in Huntington Beach, California.

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An amazing story of the determination and training of a Navy SEAL.
T. Nienhuis
It is amazing book .It shows that God is always with .It changed my life.
Taylor Chase
I read the entire book in just two days because I couldn't put it down.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Mastin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have never doubted that Navy SEAL training was hard, but reading Chad Williams's blow-by-blow account of his life as a SEAL convinces me that those guys are tough! SEAL of God follows Williams' journey from rebellious kid to dedicated recruit to exemplary SEAL, and, ultimately, to a follower of Jesus and enthusiastic evangelist.

Williams was a good candidate for not making it as a SEAL. He was more concerned with partying than sticking with anything, especially anything as difficult as SEAL training. Under the guidance of former SEAL Scott Helvenston, Williams prepared physically and mentally. He never thought of quitting. Even though only 13 of his class of 173 became SEALs, Williams made it, thinking of his training as a prison from which he could only escape by graduating as a SEAL.

Part of his motivation was to avenge Helvenston's death. Helvenston was one of the Blackwater contractors who was ambushed in Iraq, dragged through the streets, mutilated, and hung from a bridge. Seeing those images on TV gave Williams the fuel to drive his commitment. However, after graduating from SEAL training, Williams gave his life to Christ. His driving passion now was not revenge but following Jesus. He began to have doubts about whether the SEAL lifestyle was for him.

The bulk of the book, about two thirds, deals with Williams's life before and during SEAL training. I haven't read much about the SEALs, but Williams's detailed descriptions of the grueling, intense training gives a great picture of what someone has to go through to be a SEAL. The most disturbing portion was Williams's account of the persecution he endured as a result of his being a Christian.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tina M. Hunt on April 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Seal of God--The Path Is Narrow...But the Reward Is Great
A Memoir
Chad Williams with David Thomas
Forward by Greg Laurie
284 pages
Tyndale Publishers

I'm not in the military. I didn't think I would really have much to relate to with this book. I was wrong. This is the story of a young man who is naturally gifted athletically. He achieves levels others only dream of and then gets bored--seeking the next thrill, the next bit of excitement. He frustrates his father by never sticking with anything. Here's where I began to relate.

Chad winds up making a connection with a retired Navy Seal that changes the course and shape of his life forever. The story of his determined preparation and the relationship he has with his mentor is quite encouraging to me, both from the perspective of one who only dreams of being that determined and wishing I had that kind of mentor.

The tragic loss of his mentor in a brutally horrible attack in Iraq serves to amp Chad's desire to be a Navy Seal. Reading through the grueling process of preparation made me feel like such a marshmallow, but also served to motivate me to start moving. I was about to cheer out loud when he finally completed the training.

That accomplishment, great as it was, only served as the vehicle for the real change and achievement in Chad's life. The real story within the story is how he came to faith, how he grew, how that faith was challenged while he was a Seal, and then provided the opportunity for him to take that same level of determination and turn it into full-time ministry.

I'm excited to share about this book here, but I had no sooner finished reading it when I began to think of the people in my life with whom I wanted to share a copy.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on April 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Seal of God by Chad Williams and David Thomas is a must read for all! I had a hard time putting this book down and I highly recommend it to you. I could not put it down due to the amount of graphic detail about SEAL training and my awe for these young men who defend our freedom. More than that, I couldn't put it down because I saw so much of what we each encounter in our walks with God through Chad and his life. We rebel, we fight back, we go down the wrong path, but God is always there to help us get back on the straight and narrow path.
If you think watching GI Jane or similar movies could show you what SEAL training is like, think again! Read this book and get a closer look at what our most elite fighting force really does go through to earn the reputation and the honor that they have.

If you are in the military, be ready to at times wonder why Chad shares some of the details about training and his team that de does in this book. You may even question if it is ok that he did. I know that I questioned some of his comments and some of the events that he shared about his time in the service. Please keep in mind that for him to truly share his testimony with the world, and for its impact to be real, we each needed to see what it is like to bare the cross that comes with following Jesus.

I received this book from Tyndale for review purposes and I am very glad that I had that opportunity. What an impact this book has made on me and will continue to make on others. Enjoy!
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