In the aftermath of war, a Navy SEAL finds faith, hope, and love. Howard Wasdin, author of SEALTeam Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, survived the firestorm made famous in BlackHawk Down only to return to a world without support, without a mission, and soon without his family. Wounded in Mogadishu and facing a torturous journey of rehabilitation and recovery, he came home to find his marriage falling apart and his world upended. When he met Debbie, an accountant emerging from her own trial by fire, he realized this might be his last hope, and the two together began a journey of rediscovering their faith in God and their ability to trust in God’s goodness. The Last Rescue is an unforgettable tale of brokenness andhealing, going deep into the firing line of modern warfare, through the agony of broken marriages, and onto a path of redemption and love. With a clear-eyed view of the inevitability of heartache and the power of God’s faithfulness, Howard and Debbie remind us that no matter what our circumstances, we should never, ever, give up hope.
When I was first offered the opportunity to read Howard Wasdin’s book, The Last Rescue: How Faith and Love Saved a Navy Seal Sniper, without cost in exchange for my honest review, I actually thought it was a different book – a different story. When I started reading it, I was very pleasantly surprised to see it was a different story, a different guy, and a different result – and that made me a very happy reader.
I never thought this would be a book that I could compare to my own life. This guy was a Navy SEAL and was a member of Team Six. He endured things I will never even know about or fathom in my lifetime. That being said, I could relate to Howard Wasdin’s life as a regular human being. He had a poor childhood where he endured regular beatings that no child should ever know. He felt abandoned by his father for being absent in his life. He had to work very hard for everything that came his way. These things – while awful experiences – gave him the good character he grew into as an adult. It also caused him to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, which he learned much later as an adult.
When Mr. Wasdin returned home as a hero, he found it difficult to be “ordinary”. He was healing from horrible gunshot wounds in his leg and was struggling to get his footing, in both his personal life and his professional life. He ended up divorced and thereafter, went through a series of women and refusing to get close. He had no profession but instead, he was “doing time” as a car salesman – not where he expected to be in his life.
His friends fixed him up on a blind date with Debbie, who had actually just that day (or the day before) been declared divorced and was nursing her own wounds. Neither of them wanted to go, and neither of them had any intention on turning the blind date into anything more than a one-time thing.
While we all know that God is always with each of us, we have also learned that He often lets us drive the car. Right about here in Howard Wasdin’s story is where God actually takes charge of Howard AND Debbie’s lives and things begin to change. I don’t want to write a “spoiler” review here, so I’m going to stop and tell you no matter where you are in your walk with God, you will be able to relate to Howard’s story. It’s not a “happily ever after” story that is hard to believe, but instead, it’s a real life, honest and open sharing of how God’s love can guide us to grow and change and reap the rewards of that growth.
When I was nearly finished with this book, I came across a Bible verse that I absolutely loved. I think it sums up things in Howard Wasdin’s life. I’ll give you a couple of the sentences surrounding the verse:
“When I humbled myself and showed the love I felt, relationships around me started healing. That’s worth a lot more to me than being right. The Bible says that ‘love covers a multitude of sins’ (1 Peter 4:8 NLT). I have seen that in action.”
Please be sure to look into this book for yourself – you won’t be sorry. This book will remind you that no matter what your circumstances, you should never give up hope. You can learn more about Howard Wasdin by going to his website, or to the site called Last Rescue Book. He’s also on Facebook but I have to warn you – right in the book he admits to not being a “Facebooker” so don’t have high expectations there.
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