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SEAL of God Paperback – May 1, 2012
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About the Author
David M. Thomas is the retired Vice-President Academic of
David M. Thomas is the retired Vice-President Academic of Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. Educated in the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. Educated in the United Kingdom, France, and Canada, he has held a number of United Kingdom, France, and Canada, he has held a number of senior academic administrative appointments in addition to senior academic administrative appointments in addition to teaching. He has a PhD in political science from the Universteaching. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Calgary; is author of "Whistling Past the Graveyard: ity of Calgary; is author of "Whistling Past the Graveyard: Constitutional Abeyances, Quebec, and the Future of Canada";Constitutional Abeyances, Quebec, and the Future of Canada"; was a co-editor of "Braving the New World: Readings in Cont was a co-editor of "Braving the New World: Readings in Contemporary Politics"; and is the editor of the first two editiemporary Politics"; and is the editor of the first two editions of "Canada and the United States: Differences that Countons of "Canada and the United States: Differences that Count." ."
Greg Laurie is pastor of one of America's largest churches, Harvest Christian Fellowship, author of several books, and contributor of study notes in two editions of the Bible. Founder of Harvest Crusades, he also hosts the television program "Harvest: Greg Laurie" and the nationally syndicated radio program "A New Beginning". He and his wife, Cathie, live in Southern California.
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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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I chose 5 star for a family friendly read. The insights were something I would recommend for anyone wanting to enter SEAL training as told direct from someone who did. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Kendra Gillilan
Good read, Chad's a good writer. Interesting behind the scenes SEAL info. Chad's story is pretty depressing though and I came away from the book feeling dark. Read morePublished 13 days ago by WarriorSon
Excellent story how after years of searching for the purpose in his life, Chad Williams found in it in God. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wanda B.
Chads experiences shed some light on our own course which God has plotted for us.Published 2 months ago by Margaret Schueler
I enjoyed reading about our fighting elite and one of them getting the call to Christ.Published 2 months ago by greg