Thursday, January 3, 2013

We need the same Grace.


Before SEAL Adam Brown went to the battle field, he asked that if he died his story be told. All of it. He wanted people to know what his life was like before Jesus. This man whose story of how he  physically excelled in the training was amazing enough without the story of his past. Adam Brown, Christian, Husband, Father, SEAL, was a former cocaine addict, in a hole so deep the reader is afraid for him and his family. When he came out of the hole he understood the prodigal son in Luke Fifteen, in a way some of us never will. I tend to read the prodigal son cleaned up- minimizing the dirt and pain of the son, and thereby minimizing the Grace of the Father who takes him home. Adam rips the "cleaned up" cover off the story, and shows us a prodigal son in a deep pit, afraid of dragging his loved ones in and yet unable to get out alone. It makes us realize that we are not clean, good hearted prodigals. We are the dirty ones, addicted to sin, we are the ones in need of Grace.
We are the ones who have received the same Grace that God gave Adam for the same reason. We need it. Adam would be the first to tell us the choices he made were made without wisdom, that could have taken his life and he would be the first to point us to Christ, who saved him in a jail cell and showed him the love of his Fathers again. His Heavenly Father who welcomes him back with loving arms, and his earthly father, who came to Christ because of Adam's battle against the drug that sought to claim him, body and soul. 
We also meet Kelley, Adam's wife- a help meet fit for him. Her story is one of selfless devotion- from the nightmare of searching for her Adam in crack houses, to their honey moon days when he was training to be a  SEAL, she went through late night uniform ironing and early morning breakfasts to push Adam on to his goal. Her prayers carried him before God, and she encouraged him that he had more to give.
The details of the drug use and some stories in here about Adam's life before Christ are so scary I cannot give this book to anyone under the age of eighteen at least.  The details of the training for the SEALs are awe inspiring- the human body is amazing. God designed us to take so much and keep on pushing forward. This is important to keep in mind, considering how Paul compared the Christian to a Soldier, and we have a Kingdom to Advance. 

Thank you to Kelley and Adam's friends for telling his story. God protect out military and draw them to Himself. In Jesus' name Amen

The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown.  Written by Eric Blehm

ERIC BLEHM is the best-selling author of The Only Thing Worth DyingFor,which recounts the harrowing story of the first Special Forces A-team to infiltrate Taliban-held southern Afghanistan weeks after 9/11. It was a New York Timesand Wall Street Journal bestseller. The Last Season, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, was named by Outside magazine as one of the ten “greatest adventure biographies ever written.” Blehm lives in California with his wife and children.

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