Book Review: Seal of God by Chad Williams

Seal of God chronicles the life of Chad Williams, a Navy Seal who served from 2004-2010 and is now in full-time ministry.  The book is basically Williams’ testimony of how God changed his life.

This was an easy, enjoyable read – a great summer book (I read it in about 6 hours over two days).  The first 2/3’s of the book focus on Williams’ life before Christ got ahold of him, with some extraordinary stories of his life before Christ.  I suppose that was my only criticism of the book: while his transformation was dramatic and incredible, I found myself wondering why I had to read so much to finally find evidence of what God had done in his life.  That’s really the only reason I’m not reviewing this book more highly.  Williams said throughout the book that he was very self-centered and proud of his own accomplishments, and that was clearly echoed in the first 180 pages of the book.  There was a dramatic change after the story of his conversation, but I was just hoping to see that sooner rather than later.

I will report that once the transformation happened in the book it was incredibly dramatic and inspirational.  Perhaps one of the most moving parts to read was when he told the story of the abuse he underwent by others after becoming a Christian – it’s hard to believe behavior like what he chronicled still exists in our country, but I know it does.  It’s also a confirmation that Jesus’ words are true that we will be persecuted for our faith.

In conclusion, I’ll give this book 3/5 stars.  If you’re looking for an inspirational, quick read this summer then check out Seal of God, but don’t be surprised if at times you walk away from it focused more on the author of the book than the Author of Changed Lives.

For the record, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest (though not necessarily favorable) review.


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