Book Review: The Last Rescue: How Faith and Love Saved a Navy SEAL Sniper, by Howard Wasdin with Joel Kilpatrick
How do you go from an elite warrior to a broken man? How do you find meaning and purpose when your body can no longer perform the skills that gave you an identity? How do you find support to endure rehabilitation and recovery? How do you go from being valued for your tactical skills to being unable to put your marriage and family back together?
These are some of the questions touched on in Howard Wasdin’s book, The Last Rescue: How Faith and Love Saved a Navy SEAL Sniper. Wasdin is a former member of SEAL Team Six who survived the firestorm in Mogadishu made famous in the movie Black Hawk Down. Wounded in the battle, he returned home to discover his marriage was falling apart and his world turned upside down. On top of that, he faced the challenge of rehabilitation and recovery. His greatest challenge, however, was discovering a new purpose in life.
At the same time Howard was recovering from his wounds and trying to find his place in a peacetime world, his future wife, Debbie, was walking through her own trial by fire. When they met, they began a journey together by rediscovering their faith in God and their ability to trust in God’s goodness.
The book is a very fast read. Wasdin weaves together his time in the SEALs with his childhood years and his journey through rehabilitation and building a new life. He shares lessons he learned along with Scriptural principles without being overly preachy. He tells how he learned the importance of love and forgiveness.
Having read his previous book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, I was curious to read the next installment of how he adapted and adjusted to life at home. While I would not call it a great book, it is an interesting story. The book would be a good gift for someone interested in the military. It would be a good conversation starter to lead into spiritual things.
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