Fearless is the biography of Adam Brown, a Navy SEAL Team SIX operator, but more importantly a man with an incredible story of redemption through Jesus. When I was given this book and told that Adam Brown was a Christian, I was skeptical, assuming it was the typical Navy SEAL/Texas brand of “Christianity,” like that of the “lone survivor” Marcus Luttrell. I was blown away when I began to read of the raw, true journey and ultimate faith of Adam Brown. Yes, this is a must-read for anyone fascinated by Navy SEALs like me. But this is also a must-read testimony of healing, forgiveness, humility, and redemption through Jesus. I’m impressed that even though it doesn’t seem that the author Eric Blehm is a Christian, he still told the story as it was told to him (as Adam Brown wanted it told) and didn’t try to edit Jesus out of it (as I’m hearing is the case with the recent movie Unbroken). He recounts Adam’s drug addiction and broken relationships as a young adult, and the freedom and joy that Adam found through Christ and channeled into his family and career. In fact, Adam’s parents and wife also became Christians, as well as several fellow Navy SEALs. As a SEAL, Adam prayerfully persevered through ridiculous injuries, including losing the fingers and eye on his dominant side, to join the most elite fighting force on the planet in history. It’s a powerful story, and I highly recommend giving it a read!
Here are two of my favorite quotes:
“‘A warrior is one who possesses high moral standards and holds to high principles. He is willing to live by them, stand for them, spend himself in them, and, if necessary, die for them.'”
“Are we going to abandon our faith or apply our faith? Allow our grief to make us bitter, or allow God to use that grief to make us better?”