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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 1, 2022
This is a great story about how teams work together to perform and achieve at higher levels than an individual can. Adam could not be who he became without his wife. She deserves a Silver Star for putting Adam on track. With Adam on track, he was able to raise the performance level of other team members by example, humility, or competition.
I don't know Adam Brown, but if this is truly his story he was an amazing human being. The writing is okay and the book's organization is a little off, but it doesn't distract from the accomplishments of a man (Adam) who was truly heroic.
The story of Adam Brown is about learning to love others more than you love yourself. Adam Brown is a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan while attacking an enemy compound. His story is important because it shows how people can redeem themselves and that being a Christian does not mean you are weak. I've often thought about how to live as a Christian man and how to over come my many short comings. Adam's story demonstrates that faith is for everyone and that when you forget yourself you become Fearless.
"Nothing can take my spirit from me, exclude your spirit, let it shine for all to see." Adam Brown
Adam discovered faith when he was in jail. He had hit rock bottom, living in crack houses and robbing his friends and parents to pay for his crack addiction. With nothing but the clothes on his back and support from family and friends who still supported him Adam turned away from his addiction and put all his trust in Christian faith. Adam learned to trust in the Lord with all his heart and in all his ways acknowledged him. He went to Christian rehab, became a speaker for faith and after having a few setbacks joined the Navy to become a SEAL.
The key lesson Adam learned during this time was that you can overcome many things in life, including injuries and setbacks. Just come back more determined and try harder. This lesson served him well during his career and helped him overcome multiple career ending injuries.
You do what is right every time, not matter what.
As a Christian Adam knew that God is watching us all the time. Knowing this Adam became a Christian warrior. While on deployment in AFG Adam shared his food and give shoes to kids, making a lasting positive impression even on the enemy. He also helped the lower ranking guys with the trash, remember God is watching ALL the time not just when others are watching you. Showing his respect of others no matter what the rank or social standing. He said being a Christian made his life easier as because it gave him a high standard to live by and only gave him the choice to do the right thing.
What did I learn from this book and how will I use it?
I love reading books about great people, and this book was more instructive than most. Adam was a real person with more faults than others. But unlike most people he was able to overcome himself to learn to care for others more than he cared for himself. This made him great. This is why he was a beloved person in his community and how he made a difference. Being a member of the SEALs wasn't he greatest accomplishment. Adam true mission was to show that faith is for the strong and the weak. He was weak when he discovered Christ, but it wasn't until he was strong that he could learn to live the disciplined and joyous life as a Christian. I have used this book a stepping stone in my own journey of faith. I know that Christians aren't weak, they are strong, forceful and Fearless.
Never Give Up A person should never give up, no matter what the circumstances. Fearless by Eric Blehm is a true story about a man named Adam Brown who never gave up. Reading this book has inspired me to always give my best. Adam’s family motto in the book is, “You gotta do what you gotta do, and when you’re done, you’ll be stronger” (12). Fearless starts out with a young man named Adam who lives in Arkansas. He was always small, but he never let that stop him from doing something no matter what it was. He found some things that messed up his life, but he would soon find that they actually help his journey through life. He joined the Navy and became a Seal overcoming all odds. He had done more than proven himself worthy. Adam ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice fighting for his country. Personally, I liked the writing story of Eric Blehm and the detail he brought into the book by giving information about Adam’s daily life and where he grew up and lived later in life. Eric put some very small details in the book, but not so much that they made the story boring. I was always wondering what would happen next and it really grabbed my attention throughout the book. His choice of words and sentence structure flowed really well and the book never once got boring to me. I would definitely read another book from Eric Blehm. This novel exceeded my expectations and really captured my attention. It is easy to tell that Eric Blehm put in a lot of research and time in this novel. Everything he put in the book actually happened to Adam Brown during his life and even after. The information never had repetition throughout the book. The novel was clean and well written throughout the whole thing. Eric Blehm’s tone changed throughout the book because there are very different scenarios and stages in Adam Brown’s life. His tone would either be exciting or calm. It would be exciting when Adam was in battle and calm when he was home with his family. The author’s tone helped my reading experience by keeping my attention on the story the whole time. It never got in a rut of the same kind of tone. I believe that most males would find this book appealing and that most people serving in the military would as well.
This is when we need an option of a 10-star rating because a 5-star rating just simply is nowhere near enough.
Ok, so I purchased this book just under a year ago. I read it cover to cover in less than 2 days and when I was done, I started at the beginning and read it a second time. Since then, I have read it 5 more times and will read it again (and again) whenever I find myself needing inspiration, a renewal of faith, a good cry or when I want to be reminded of what a true hero is all about. Those are just a few of the many things you will experience as you read the story of Adam Brown's life.
It doesn't take long to see that Mr. Brown was truly one-of-a-kind and so having the opportunity to "meet" him through the words of his family, friends and fellow SEALS, was a blessing I was certainly not expecting. The way that Mr. Brown dealt with the ups and downs, the way he defeated the seemingly endless heartbreaking struggles and the way he tackled the mountainous obstacles that continually tried to break him, will make you realize that with dedication, drive and determination, there is absolutely nothing in this world that you can not do or become. Quite honestly, I feel every single high school senior should be given a copy of this book along with their diploma, because nothing that is taught in any classroom or read in any textbook can even come close to the lessons that can be learned from Adam Brown.
In addition, I found myself absolutely captivated by the manner in which Mr. Blehm tells a story. This is the first book of Mr. Blehm's that I've read, but it certainly will not be the last. By default, I'm not a fan of an excessive amount of unnecessary information when it comes to non-fiction. I get very bored, very easily if I feel too much of what I am reading is bogged down with minutia. One of the things I completely adore about Mr. Blehm's style of writing, is that he has an astounding (and rare) way of packing soooo much into soooo little, without missing a single thing. He clearly puts incredible amounts of thought not only into every sentence, but into each word. I feel he is easily one of the most gifted writers I have come across. So much so, each time I finish reading this book, I find myself wishing it would go on forever. He is just that good.
As a side note, if you've put off reading this because you aren't typically interested in war / combat / military-based books, you should know that Mr. Brown's military career is far from being the main focus of FEARLESS - it really made up just a small part of this absolutely incredibly amazing, yet humble man. Adam Brown was a warrior long before he became a SEAL and he was a hero long before he gave his life for what he believed in.
This book was recommended to me on numerous occasions by my grandfather-in-law or my son-in-law's grandfather. After having read several Navy Seal books I was reluctant to read another agonizing endurance story of what it takes for one to be accepted into this elite family. My appreciation for what they do is unlimited, however in the other books I have read, at least half of the text is devoted to SEAL school. Finally I relented after at least a year of have you read FEARLESS yet questions being asked of me by Jerry. I actually started reading it with the idea that I could finally tell him yes and I wish the author had gotten to the point quicker. How pleasantly surprised I was to learn that wasn't the case whatsoever. In fact, other than the point that he did graduate SEAL school, the story was more about where he had come from instead of the process of acceptance.
I am a very proud Arkansas native who also makes it a point of taking our Arkansas flag with us on various trips for photographs. So it didn't take much more than a few pages and I found myself engrossed in Adam's "bubble theory" regarding Arkansas. The author described Adam as human with human frailties. How many times in my life have I seen someone succumb to drugs and when they get near the bottom they will say and do all the right things until they have to have the drug again or until they feel they have won their way back into the friendship or family.
So this story is about going to the bottom after the Friday Night Lights have been turned off and rising to the brightest light possible because people loved him. I kept wondering as I read this book; what if Kelly hadn't entered his life? Would he still have stayed so focused? How did she have the courage to stay with him when all others had decided he was gone.
So what is remarkable about this book is how the author captured who this guy really was. Its about how his character shined through by not harassing new SEAL members as was the custom and how he was burdened with a drug habit at a very young age and not only beat that habit, but learned that injuries which would have sidelined most individuals were nothing more than another obstacle to overcome.
I am very proud of this Arkansas native for not only what he sacrificed for our country, but how he asked for his drug addiction to be told so perhaps someone else can say; I can do that. How can the average individual use excuses to fail, when Adam never allowed any roadblock to deter his goals?
This is a very spiritual uplifting book that doesn't take very long to read. It is worth reading and don't worry, it's not about SEAL school. This book is about bravery far beyond anything I can imagine.
I want to state up front that I did break my rule to read and review this book. I state under the header of my blog that I will not accept books with swearing in them. However, my husband (who is ex-Navy) read this before I did and based on his and my sister's recommendations I decided to go ahead with this book. The swearing is not extreme (though certainly way more than I like), and some of the worst words just have the first letter and a line to complete the word. That said, I'll move on to the actual review.
This is a very powerful book. Adam Brown was a man with many personal demons who overcame incredible odds to eventually become a member of the elite SEAL Team Six. This is a no-holds-barred, brutally honest story of his life--his failures and successes. There is plenty of swearing, drinking, drugs, etc so I would not recommend this book for kids (including teens) without the parents checking it out first. From a drug addict with multiple arrests to an Navy SEAL, Adam lived life full-out. He didn't know the meaning of the word quit. Towards the end of the book someone states that Adam "surrendered only once, and that was to Jesus Christ." ...well, except all the times he surrendered to the call of drugs. That part really broke my heart. This couple is supposed to be sold-out christians who know that even though he's now kicked the habit, he'll fight cravings for the drug all of his life. They know that if Adam drinks, his willpower drops and that's when he usually falls to the drug again, but instead of staying away from alcohol, he still goes to bars and partys and puts a one beer limit on himself--which he doesn't always stick to. It broke my heart that some of the awful times they went through could have possibly been averted from staying away from anything that might bring it on. Please don't think that I'm denigrating them or their story. I'm just being honest.
The book starts off a litte slow, but certainly doesn't stay that way. No book about this guy could stay slow and boring! He never did anything halfway, but barreled ahead at full speed no matter what the danger was, and it definitely took a toll on his body with multiple injuries, any one of which would have given him a medical discharge no questions asked. Adam, however, refused to quit. He overcame injuries that NO ONE would have thought he could overcome and even stay in the military, but he went on and AFTER these injuries passed the brutal tests to be a part of DEVGRU (SEAL Team Six). An inspiring story that I recommend only with the reservations on language.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
Fearless was not what I expected. I've read several other military hero stories and most of them started the book at the beginning of their military career or basic training. As I got deeper into the first several chapters, I wondered if I purchased the wrong book. How could anyone have a drug problem and not only become a SEAL, but excel at it and ultimately become an amazing person and a true hero? As I listened (I bought the audio) to the story unfold, I actually began to dislike Adam for what he was putting his family through and for throwing away his life, all in the name of drugs. He started out to be such a strong and wonderful boy. At first I wished he had never met his 'girlfriend'--the one who began his downward spiral into the drug world, but I had to ask myself--would he have become the man he had become without that experience? Did that reconfirm his beliefs and his honesty and self sacrifice? He ended up with an outstanding SEAL career, even after so many injuries and issues that were thrown his way.
Three quarters of the way into the book, I was literally in tears as I was driving. Even though I knew what was coming, it just broke my heart to hear about the courage and selflessness that led to his death, and, of course, to hear about his family's reaction and devastation. Having a young son in the military who has just returned from Afghanistan, this hit me very hard. All I can say is thank you, not only to Adam, but to his family, for the sacrifice they have made. Adam sounded like an amazing and spiritual person who always wanted and tried to do the right thing. His story should be told in every drug rehab facility--required reading in fact! This book will have you laughing, cheering, and crying. If you are not religious, some of the book may put you off. For me, it just reaffirmed my beliefs, especially hearing about the amazing things that occurred after his death. Rest in peace, Adam, and thank you for not only your service and sacrifice, but for wanting your story to be told--all of it--no matter the shame it may bring you. Your shame was removed by your amazing SEAL career and the person you became because of it.