"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." (John 15:13)
Just days before Chad Williams was scheduled to report for basic training at the Great Lakes naval base, he turned on the television and was greeted with the horrifying image of his mentor and training partner, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad committed himself to completing the US military’s most difficult training to become a Navy SEAL - and avenge his friend’s death.
One of only 13 out of a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad went on to serve on SEAL Teams 1 and 7, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and finally Iraq. There, Chad’s journey came full circle when his team was ambushed by enemy machine gunners - close to the same road where his hero had been killed five years earlier.
SEAL of God follows Chad’s extraordinary journey through 25 grueling weeks of BUD/S training and onto the hostile streets of Al Anbar Province, Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Along the way, Chad shares his own radical conversion story and discovers the true meaning of ultimate sacrifice.
I thought this book was along the lines of American Sniper, Lone Survivor but that was not the case. The main focus was religion and finding religion rather than SEAL training and operations. Chad describes some interesting hell raising when younger but I felt the book didn't heat up, end the way I was expecting or focus enough on the Teams.
First, I'm not sure why reviewer Tim was surprised at the Christian aspect of this book since God is in the title. Anyway, It was interesting to see this guy go from professional skate boarder, and stoner to a SEAL. I wanted to cry over the sweet friendship/mentor/mentee relationship with Scott Helvenston (former SEAL and Blackwater contractor killed in Iraq). There were also funny parts from his childhood such as a bad run-in with a homemade 'rocket' made with a paper towel tube.
There's a lot of technical information such as he goes into detail about diving equipment, technique and firearms.
I didn't expect the narration of be A+ since this is narrated by the author, but it gives the audiobook a more personal feel.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Chad Williams boldly holds nothing back... except for the expletives of his instructors, fellow candidates and colleagues in the Seals.
This story is an exceptional witness of living as a Christian in a very tough environment. I found the story very encouraging and recommend reading this if you have any testosterone flowing through your veins.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Where does Seal of God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What a cool story about life. Why is it that the kids that hate authority the most always seem to want to go into the toughest of the military. This is a great read that is read by the author. I really enjoyed the story and could relate to the changes and trials in his life.
What other book might you compare Seal of God to and why?
No Easy Day, Many of the same issues and experiences
Which character – as performed by Chad Williams – was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Would have if I could have. I listen in the car and got to my destination too soon.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
My whole family loved this story by Chad. This story really is for anyone. I've got three girls who really got into the story. Chad doesn't curse or dwell on any topic too long to be overly concerned for young ears. sure, some topics give you a discussion opportunity with your kids but nothing too sticky.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The author/narrator was a little dull, a professional, more captivating narrator would've made the story better. Aside from epigraphs verses in the first half of the book there was only what he was before he became a Christian, the title of the book only took off halfway through.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have learned more about the Navy SEAL's and their exhaustive training reading this book than doing any kind of research online. Chad's first had account of what he had to endure during training made me feel as if I was there going through it myself and his personal story of salvation is just as gripping.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book. As a Christian Man I found the story of Chad's desire to become a Seal and struggles he had before, during and after SEAL training to be quite interesting. I also could relate to the thrill of new faith and how transforming and clumsy that can be. I think my only critique might be how military service and even War balance out the faith walk of a Christian. I feel like maybe the dignity of a human pursuit such as becoming a SEAL may have somehow been minimized due to the conversion experience that Chad describes. It just felt a bit overzealous. I think it may depend more on where the reader is in their own faith walk and self mastery or self discovery of Body, Mind And Spirit. Over all an enjoyable book.
What a great book. Highly, highly recommend this to anyone. Especially a younger person struggling with the pressures adulthood, finding your way as a new Christian or if you're not a believer. You will be and this great book will be a motivator!
As much as I loved this story I hate to say that it wasn't the best narration but it is not bad at all. It's narrated by the author which in it self makes it better in ways since he knows what the message the book is to convey at times and can make sure it's done. All in all a must read if you as me!
This book is a must read for any Christian considering becoming a SEAL. Shows you the good and bad of being in the military and being a Christian.