A Reader Opines: Fearless by Eric Blehm @EricBlehm #bookreview #AdamBrown

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Fearless: The Heroic Story of One Navy SEAL’s Sacrifice in the Hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the Unwavering Devotion of the Woman Who Loved Him
Published: May 22nd 2012 by The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Genre: Non-Fiction | Military | Christian | Inspirational
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

On March 17, 2015, I met an extraordinary man, Adam Lee Brown. The date is significant because it was five years to the day since his death, but it was lost on me until I reflected on this man’s story. Rarely has a non-fiction book engaged me as this one did. A lot of that has to do with the man it is written about it.

Summary taken from Goodreads:
FEARLESS is the story of a man of extremes, whose determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

FEARLESS is the intimate story of a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as just that—fearless.

Before I go any further I want to make it clear this book is about so much more than an elite warrior. It’s about humanity. We all want our heroes to be above weaknesses, faults and ugliness, but heroes are, at their core, human (unless you live in the Marvel Universe). Adam Brown left instructions to share his darkness. Even in death he wanted his mistakes to be a testimony and he cared little if the world knew of the good he did. He did a lot of good. He made a difference in the lives of not only those close to him but the country he dearly loved.

While there is some war action it isn’t the focus of this book. Adam achieved so much in his career that most of the action he saw was top secret. Fearless is Adam Brown’s story from birth to death. Family, friends, training and battle buddies, journals and official records all come together to reveal a person who had the world handed to him, pissed it away and struggled to regain and hold on to it. And hold on he did. He accomplished things under circumstances that would make most people give up and move on. And he loved just as fiercely as he fought. He leaned heavily on God and relied on his wife Kelley and wasn’t ashamed of either.

We need more men like Adam Brown in the world. If it were possible, I’d buy this book by the dozens and hand them out to teenagers. It affected me that deeply. Read it.