Synopses & Reviews
A masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action. The best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self-help book unlike any other.
Two years ago, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadnandrsquo;t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, heandrsquo;d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, and Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.
Ericandrsquo;s lettersandmdash;drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkersandmdash;are now gathered and edited into a timeless handbook. They explain how we can build purpose, confront the pain in our lives, practice compassion, develop our vocations, find a mentor, create happiness, follow a role model, think about the story of our lives, and much more.
Resilience grapples with real hardship. The lessons are deep, yet practical, and the advice leads to clear solutions. This is a profoundly hopeful book: We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But with resilience, we can lead vital, flourishing lives.
From the mountains of Afghanistan to urban sniper hides in Iraq, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell has seen the worst of war at the sharp end of battle. In 2006, the "lone survivor" of Operation Redwing returned to combat as a member of SEAL Team 5 to help take on the most dangerous city in the world: Ramadi, the capital of war-torn Anbar Province. It was there that he took part in what has been called the greatest victory in the history of the U.S. Special Operations forces.
Luttrell's eye-opening narrative also offers powerful new details about his time in Afghanistan and his miraculous rescue. After returning from that star-crossed mission with shattered bones and a broken heart, he thought of the men who had given their lives to save him-and how he would have readily done the same for them. He wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.
A thrilling war story, Service is also a profoundly moving tribute to the warrior brotherhood and to the belief that nobody goes it alone.
A masterpiece of warrior wisdom:and#160;how to be resilient, how to overcome obstacles not by andquot;positive thinkingandquot; or self-esteem, but by positive action. The best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self-help book unlike any other.
About the Author
became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in 2002 and served in many dangerous Special Operations assignments around the world. He is the author of the New York Times
bestseller Lone Survivor
, and is a popular corporate and organizational speaker. He lives near Houston, Texas.
James D. Hornfischer is the author of the New York Times bestseller Neptune's Inferno, as well as Ship of Ghosts and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, which won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Table of Contents
Note to the Readerandemsp;andbull;andemsp;ix
LETTER 1: Your Frontlineandemsp;andbull;andemsp;1
LETTER 2: Why Resilience?andemsp;andbull;andemsp;8
LETTER 3: What Is Resilience?andemsp;andbull;andemsp;19
LETTER 4: Beginningandemsp;andbull;andemsp;32
LETTER 5: Happinessandemsp;andbull;andemsp;49
LETTER 6: Modelsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;66
LETTER 7: Identityandemsp;andbull;andemsp;79
LETTER 8: Habitsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;95
LETTER 9: Responsibilityandemsp;andbull;andemsp;106
LETTER 10: Vocationandemsp;andbull;andemsp;115
Letter 11: Philosophyandemsp;andbull;andemsp;130
LETTER 12: Practiceandemsp;andbull;andemsp;148
LETTER 13: Painandemsp;andbull;andemsp;158
LETTER 14: Mastering Painandemsp;andbull;andemsp;169
LETTER 15: Reflectionandemsp;andbull;andemsp;193
LETTER 16: Friendsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;208
LETTER 17: Mentorsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;220
LETTER 18: Teamsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;238
LETTER 19: Leadershipandemsp;andbull;andemsp;244
LETTER 20: Freedomandemsp;andbull;andemsp;252
LETTER 21: Storyandemsp;andbull;andemsp;260
LETTER 22: Deathandemsp;andbull;andemsp;269
LETTER 23: Sabbathandemsp;andbull;andemsp;274