Fearless book review
It took me a great deal of deliberate thought to decide how to rate and review this book. After reading a few other posters comment on the same things that I was tossing over and over in my mind, I came to the conclusion that I would still give this book a 4 star review, but with a caution to any Christian considering this read. It has limited amounts of profanity, as well as some unnecessary and vulgar accounts of incidents. Some reviewers have said that they enjoyed this for adding a sense of realism to the book. I actually disagree and feel like the curses and vulgar accounts were not necessary, and detracted from an otherwise great telling of this man's life. I was especially surprised when I came across these items because I was aware that it was from a Christian publisher. At any rate, said occurrences were limited in amount and were definitely overshadowed by the legacy this man left behind and is recounted in the book.
What I really loved about this book was the way that it presented so many aspects of who Adam Brown was. He wasn't just a marine – he was a committed Christian, devoted husband, loving father, faithful servant, heroic leader, and loyal friend. I felt like the author opened up a door for us to get inside Adam's head and heart to see the complexity of a man who leads with a heart of valor, while internally struggling with addiction beyond the understanding of many Christians, myself included. While at times the image presented seems almost super-human, the author did a great job bringing out the fun-loving, simple-living man that Adam Brown was. He did some amazing things, but at the end of the day, he was still flesh and bone and the kind of guy anyone would want to hang out with. His story is truly worth reading!
With that being said, I wish the author had included the gospel message, especially after reading the afterword. The afterword states “One of Adam Brown's final wishes ... was that his spiritual testimony ... be told, including 'My life before I met Jesus Christ and Kelley.'” I think that Adam would have wanted a clear presentation of the truth of God's word – that we are sinners in need of a savior; that the son of God (Jesus Christ) came to earth, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and conquered death by rising from the grave; and that we have the opportunity to have eternal life if we will trust in Jesus as our savior. A spiritual testimony for a Christian is given out of desire for others to hear the gospel proclaimed through his or her own story, and I think Adam would have wished this be included in his story. Considering that the author is not a Christian, I feel he did a good job of evidencing the strong change in Adam as a result of God's work in his life and it likely didn't occur to the author that the presentation of the gospel is such a crucial aspect of a Christian's spiritual testimony.
Overall, I would recommend this book to a limited audience of mature readers.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.