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Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published April 4th 2012)
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Pamela
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. - JOHN 15:13 NKJV

Chad Williams' extremely candid memoir is a powerfully insightful glimpse into the good, bad, ugly, and downright frightening events that molded and remolded him into a man of upright character.

"There is no greater feeling of relief for a SEAL trainee than to see Hell Week in the rearview mirror."

From semi-pro skateboard exhibitionist with film credits, to extreme surfing fanatic, to crewing on fish
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Jimmy
Nov 13, 2012 Jimmy added it
As I've stated in other reviews before, 2012 is the year of Navy SEALs autobiography and perhaps the Osama Bin Laden raid by DEVGRU might have had something to do with this sudden market and interests concerning the Navy SEALs. This is an autobiography of a Navy SEAL that became a Christian, though the book begins with the author's high school days of teenage rebellion and silliness. I was surprised how much he spent in the book for that portion of his life. Then it turned towards the direction ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jun 12, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Seal of God
Author: Chad Williams
Year: 2012
Pages: 304
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Note: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale for an honest review. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... or follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988.

What feelings are stirred in your heart when you hear about our military and their heroic actions? Is there a particular branch of our military that you have a heart for more than the others? In the book, Seal of God, you w
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Richard Hoffmaster
Apr 02, 2014 Richard Hoffmaster rated it it was amazing
What a great book. One of those can't put down kind of books!!!
Harold Cameron
Sep 23, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
“The Path Is Narrow…But the Reward is Great”

“Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only 13 from a cla
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
From the moment you pick up Seal of God by Chad Williams, you will be completely hooked until the very end. We all have an interest in things we don't know an awful lot about, the secret training required of Navy SEALs, the bond that is created once you have passed all the grueling training that would leave most of us in the dust, but there is something honest about the story that Chad Williams shares about his own journey in trying to find something to fill the empty hole in his life. This is a ...more
Kelly Tse
Dec 11, 2015 Kelly Tse rated it it was amazing
I think it's important to note that this isn't just a book about a U.S. Navy SEAL. It's important to note that the book's title, SEAL of God, implies that it's related to religion. Chad Williams DOES make a point to talk about his childhood and what a hellion he was, and it's important to get that backstory because we see the transition of how God has changed his life.

And yes, it's inspiring that someone made it through BUD/S because the training for that is intense, but it has to be because oth
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Curtis Taylor
I want to thank my sister for giving me this book. She met Chad at a church function and received an autograph copy for me. What a great story! We are all rebellious people. We are all like sheep going astray. (Is 53:6) We need guidance, we need hope, and we need a savior to Shepard us out of this war torn world. Chad was (is) one of the best of the best. From his early teens though he needed guidance. He received that from an unlikely mentor, Scott Helvenston, US Navy SEAL. The Navy gave him gu ...more
Lori
Jan 06, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing
My review can be summed up in five words Could.Not.Put.It.Down!

Seal of God first fascinated me because here was a SEAL proclaiming Christ. The graphic details of SEAL training and what these guys go through to protect our freedom alone make this book worth your time to read.

I also could not put Seal of God down because I think we all see a little bit of ourselves in Chad’s walk with God. We try to live life on our own, go down the wrong path, and even become so bold to shake our fist at God, but
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Charles Adkinson
Apr 10, 2013 Charles Adkinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
2/3 description of Williams's life leading up to, training for, and getting into the SEALs. 1/3 description of his difficulties and triumphs after conversion, as he learns to trust God's plan for his life.

The long section about BUD/S was very interesting and offered the most compelling reading. The book overall is a little light on heavy theology but I found it encouraging nonetheless. Highly recommended to those who wish to read a Christian's account of what life is like in the military, or for
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Igor
Oct 04, 2013 Igor rated it it was amazing
Great story, and a book for men.
Luke Carson
Dec 05, 2016 Luke Carson rated it really liked it
This a very interesting book that I found that I related with from reading the first couple of chapters. After reading the first chapters of the authors life in California that was full of partying and for him trying to be professional skate border as well as fishing out in the ocean for big game fish. After reading about this and herring about some of the thoughts and wants that the author wanted in life I soon relized that these were some of the same thoughts and things that I wanted in life. ...more
Mike Miller
Nov 01, 2016 Mike Miller rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is a biography. Great book to give to someone with religion but not living a live fully devoted to God.
James
Apr 28, 2012 James rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Because of all my book reviews people keep asking me,“James could you please recommend a memoir about a member of U.S. special forces who turns Christian evangelist?”

Most of the time this question elicits a blank stare from me. I’m not a military guy and the closest I’ve come to the Navy Seals is watching reruns of NCIS on late night TV. I have a brother-in-law that made an attempt at the Green Berets (wanting to be a chaplain’s assistant so he could be a ‘warrior for God’) but personality and c
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Danielle Johnson
Great Testimony

This is a book about an elite Warrior that puts his life into writing to show that EVERYONE needs salvation. Even the manliest of men cannot out do what God has planned for us.
Lisa
Apr 29, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
First off, let me say that I do not often read nonfiction, and even less often is the nonfiction I read centered on Christianity-based thoughts and ideas.

Being relatively new to Christianity myself, sometimes I find Christian-based works obtrusive and, for lack of a better word, pushy. With SEAL of God, this was not the case. While there is a Bible quote at the beginning of each chapter, and more references in the later chapters, it was unobtrusive and I was able to become absorbed in the story
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Jacob Gordon
Jan 02, 2015 Jacob Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Attention: Spoilers this is a school project.
This book is about Chad Williams, a former Navy SEAL, who takes the reader through BUDS training, which is a program to prepare men for the SEALS, but many don't make it.Chad Williams was on of few to make it through the surf tortures, and the runs to finally become a SEAL.He showed great will and determination to make it through his mentors, Scott Helvenston, workouts and out competed a former marine also training for the SEALS. On page 45 "I was hap
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Melanie
Feb 06, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, freebies
I always had a special interest for military-themed books (even though I don't read them very often) and this one was a freebie on Amazon, so there was really no reason not to grab this book. The only reason why I did not give it five stars is because of the ending: it really felt like the author was forcing his beliefs onto me, and I truly dislike it. This is one thing that I do not think most of the fervently religious people will ever understand: you don't just shove your religion in other pe ...more
J
Oct 18, 2012 J rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I love that this isn't the typical memoir that starts at BUD/S, but an honest portrait of a guy who was aimless after he left his skate boarding career (he was sponsored by Vans & did several commercials). He found his calling with the SEALs and his mentor Scott Helvenston (I cried when he saw on the news that his friend had been killed & humiliated). Yes, when Chad first becomes a Christian, he becomes over zealous and probably alienates some (he admits this--a lighter touch is more eff ...more
Orbs n Rings
May 27, 2012 Orbs n Rings rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
An About Face to God.

In this riveting memoir, Chad Williams recounts how he was on his way to self destruction. You see, even though Chad made it into the elite group of Navy Seals he is no different than you or I. Chad carried that same empty feeling inside most of us feel at sometime in our lives, that something is missing. Yet as much as Chad tried to fill this void with money, alcohol and that elite status that came with being a Navy SEAL, he still felt empty. SEAL OF GOD is a peek into the
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Tina Hunt
Apr 20, 2012 Tina Hunt rated it liked it
Seal of God--The Path Is Narrow…But the Reward Is Great
A Memoir
Chad Williams with David Thomas
Forward by Greg Laurie
284 pages
Tyndale Publishers

I’m not in the military. I didn’t think I would really have much to relate to with this book. I was wrong. This is the story of a young man who is naturally gifted athletically. He achieves levels others only dream of and then gets bored--seeking the next thrill, the next bit of excitement. He frustrates his father by never sticking with anything. Here’s
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Peter Holford
Aug 30, 2016 Peter Holford rated it liked it
I enjoy military biography and memoir, so it would have to be pretty bad for me not to say 'I liked it'. This is quite a recent biography (published 2012) concerning a troubled teen who decided to become a US Navy SEAL. Chad Williams was his name. Brought up in a Christian household, he was clearly talented and energetic, quickly rising to heights in whatever he pursued. But eventually he would lose momentum and move on to something else. For some reason the idea of becoming a SEAL caught his im ...more
Carlos Pellot
Dec 07, 2012 Carlos Pellot rated it really liked it
SEAL of GOD will be a fascinating read for those who have an interest in the military elite and special forces, particularly the Navy SEALs. Chad Williams' story does not lack excitement and at the same time is predictable. His is the prodigal son's story, the rebel without a cause story. The story of one seeking thrill after thrill without knowing when to stop. Williams' story will grip you. He abounds in details about his life before, during and after his experience with the SEALs. And as is t ...more
Kevin Bowser
Let me start by saying that I feel bad giving this book only 2 stars. I mean, it is a book by a Christian author. It is a book about a Navy SEAL. But, unfortunately for me, it never lived up to my expectations.

I was expecting an action packed story that was to be told first hand by one of our nation's true heroes. I was expecting to see the world through the scope of his sniper rifle or through the goggles that he wears as he dives to adventure. What I got was the true story of a wayward adoles
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Dawn Roberts
Apr 05, 2014 Dawn Roberts rated it it was amazing
WOW. This book is about 300 pages long, and if I'd reviewed it after about 200 pages, I think I only would have given in two stars. It was really difficult for me to read. The author gives graphic details of his obnoxious behavior as a boy and a young man, having great success at sports and giving each one up for some other "greater" goal. Losing his mentor to a grisly ambush in Iraq, he vowed to become a Navy SEAL and wreak vengeance. His long, detailed description of SEAL training was riveting ...more
Pamela
May 17, 2013 Pamela rated it it was ok
Though I read this book in one day I don't think I would recommend it to any teenagers. The majority of the book tells how Chad Williams was an out of control teenager, yet never got arrested. He tells of all of his exploits and because he never got caught it is not a good lesson for today's teens. His parents are and were Christians so he made their lives very stressful, yet didn't seem to care. The most interesting part to me was his story of becoming a SEAL. Even then he wasn't right with God ...more
Rowan
Jan 06, 2013 Rowan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book alot more than No Easy Day, it is very readable and flows through chronlogically. The greater part is made of of the authors training and trials to be come a seal, it would sound boring at first but given the fact that the pass each test is an ordeal kept me interested and engaged. It reminds me of the book Go Commando.

After Chads christian conversion to christianity there is dark turn of events later on which certainly lends itself to ask questions about practising christian
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Kathleen Kurlin
Jan 18, 2015 Kathleen Kurlin rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of meeting the author of this book at a speaking engagement last month and I purchased a signed copy of his book as a gift for my husband. The book follows very closely the testimony Mr. Williams shared at the speaking engagement, although he was able to share more specific details in the book. The book shared very explicit details about the rigors of SEAL training which only served to cement my respect for the military personnel who sacrifice so unselfishly protecting our cou ...more
blackness
Jan 11, 2013 blackness rated it liked it
I found this book and thought I would give it a try. I am a sucker for SEAL memoirs and this one seemed interesting because of the Christian-ness involved in it.

For me the read was fairly standard SEAL memoir stuff; interesting but nothing exceptional. His career as a SEAL is quite short so the majority of the book (70+%) is about his early life and BUD/S training.

The real interesting part for me was after he became a Christian and some of the difficulties he encountered because of his teams no
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KC McCauley
Jul 31, 2012 KC McCauley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
Seal of God is truly a "page turner." It's not everyday that you get an inside-scoop of what SEAL training and life is like. Best of all, you come to know Chad as a soldier in the Navy SEALs and "a good soldier of Christ Jesus" who aims "to please the One who enlisted him" (2 Timothy 2:3-4). You gain much respect for the author for his courage on the battle field and his conduct on the mission field. Since I know the author personally, I was especially engaged in his stories and his experience i ...more
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Chad Williams is a former Navy SEAL, having served his country proudly from 2004-2010. Now engaged in full-time ministry work, Chad uses the training and experience he gained as a SEAL to help communicate the Gospel to others. Chad and his wife, Aubrey, live in Huntington Beach, California.

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