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SEAL of God Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
Chad Williams with David Thomas
Forward by Greg Laurie
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.Read more ›
I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Not that good, story of a kid going thru seal training and then leaving the seals after a few years to preach Christianity, then he tries to enroll you into his religion. Read morePublished 4 days ago by chrispreynolds
Genuine, heartfelt autobiography of a young man's journey to find himself and ends up finding Jesus.Published 8 days ago by marilyn
Very enlightening and gripping. A strong recommendation for anyone aspiring to be a SEAL. God is Good!Published 12 days ago by Tonda Wood
Excellent account of life before, during and after the Navy Seal experience. He makes his account personal yet relatable. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Molly n Britts Mom
awesome. I think Napoleon Bonaparte would have given his left nut to be alive again to give his left nut just to read this...Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story of Chad Williams is another example of the total transformation that takes place in the life of anyone willing to let go of their old habits and turn their life over to... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Cecil Gatch
A good read. Compelling story of a young man who turned his life around.Published 20 days ago by Robert D. Thompson
I loved how the book spoke of life, military, struggle, and a new life in Christ. Great biography that points to Christ.Published 1 month ago by Avid Fisherman