Sunday, 7 April 2013

An Inspiring Read

The Heart and the Fist by Eric Grietens

It's not very often that I call a book inspiring but this one deserves the accolade. This book delivers a story I was not expecting. It is a story of one man’s journey through volunteer work in war ravaged countries to serving his nation as a Navy seal. All through this book its message is clear, to truly serve one has to give something to those he serves. Here is a man that could have had taken the easy road as a Rhodes Scholar and lived the easy life. Instead he chooses to challenge himself and in turn learns what it truly means to lead.

The book is in three parts the first follows the author as he finds his place in the world and takes his first steps down the road of being a humanitarian. We follow him as he matures and takes along hard look at the world he lives in.

The second part of the book looks at his Navy Seal training and what he learnt during his time in service. If you are looking for a gun-ho action read this is not for you. Why this book does not dance around the cruel reality of war it concentrates more on the other side, the human side.

The third part looks at what he does after finishing serving. He did not want those who died defending their country to be forgotten statistics. Nor did he want those who returned injured to be left behind to struggle to find their place in a new world from them. He creates a non-profit organisation that asks the questions of returned injured serviceman, what service can you now do for your country. His organisation supports these people in their endeavours to give back to society and by doing so honour their fallen brothers and sister. It all so inspires these people to overcome their injuries and to get as much out of life that they can. I have much respect for this author for here is a man that has already left a positive imprint on all around him.

4.5 Stars

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