Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I remember my Grandmother teasing me, because I spent too much time reading. Occasionally, she would shoo me outdoors to get some exercise. Today, all of the duties of my adult life don't afford me as much time to read, but I try to get a good book or two in every once in a while.
When I learned about Blogging For Books, I decided that it might be a way to encourage me to take a few moments each week to read a good book for pleasure. While I am not a professional reviewer and may not know the terminology of the publishing world, I do hope I may add something to the discussion of good books.
The first book I selected from the program is Fearless by Eric Blehm.
Fearless is the story of Adam Brown, a Navy SEAL Team Six Operator whose military story is one of courage and patriotism. But the surprise of the book is that his personal story is just as amazing as his military one. I was immediately drawn into the life of Adam Brown; initially because he grew up in Arkansas, just 100 miles from my grandparents. I spent many a day in their small town Arkansas, so I could easily imagine the setting in which Adam grew up.
As I read further, I became absorbed in the life of this young man who was reared with strong family support and had a natural propensity for protecting the underdog. I grieved as he followed a girl he loved into a dark world far from that of his upbringing. My heart was broken with his parents as I imagined how they must have felt they were losing their son. But while many a life has been cut short by these same imprudent decisions, this was just the beginning of Adam Brown's story.
Fearless is an amazing story of a prodigal returned, of bondage liberated, of addiction battled and of ultimate patriotism. Perhaps the life of Adam Brown can be summarized by his own words,
"The truly courageous and powerful never have to prove it. It is always shown in their actions."
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.