Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

by Jesse Itzler

This one was so much fun!! First of all, if you have SEAL Crush like I do, you will agree that they are the superheroes and the x-men of our day. I mean, seriously. Flipping amazing.

Now, let me say this. Jesse Itzler is the craziest man of all time because he actually asked a Navy SEAL (sea, air, land) to move in with him and train him for 31 days. And, not just any SEAL, but a superhuman SEAL.

You will love this book!* It is so well written and full of funny stories, quips and absolutely insane workouts. You’ll watch their friendship grow (in a SEAL kind of way) and see Jesse learn some pretty amazing things about life and his own endurance.

Thank you, Hachette Book Group, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

*Just to let you know, there are some swear words scattered throughout. If you are a reader of the genre, you have nothing to worry about because it is not often enough to bother you. If you steer clear of that in all your books, well, you’ve been warned.


These awesome people at Hachette Book Group are giving away a copy of this on it’s release day (November 2, 2015)!! If you would like to sign up to win it, just head on over to the Rafflecopter and start entering!

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*US Rez only (Sorry! We do love the rest of you too!!)

The Making of a Navy SEAL

by Brandon Webb and John David Man

Brandon really knocked this out of the park. I have read SEAL books since I was a little kid. I basically had SEAL crush for the last 30+ years. So, I’ve read my fair share. I felt like this was wonderful because it explored different aspects of the SEAL life than the same old, same old. It was also a really clean read*, so I am thrilled that my kids can enjoy it too.

I highly recommend it. Lots of different info, interesting facts, and great stories. Brandon is a true hero!

Thank you, Netgalley, for this awesome read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!

*For parents: Clean, but I did see one word that would be a concern for some. There was a reference to “falling on his butt”, but… he didn’t say butt.

A Warrior’s Faith — by Robert Vera

This book was very interesting because I have never read one quite like it. Many of you saw the movie American Sniper based on the life of Chris Kyle. In the movie, it portrays his good friend, Ryan Job, being shot in the face. He later visits Ryan in the hospital where he is healing well.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story. Ryan died soon after through an accidental overdose by the hospital. This story is written by Ryan’s workout buddy/training partner, Robert Vera.

What is interesting is that it is a book written to show how a man’s life changed many other lives. The author, himself, found a close relationship with God through his friendship with Ryan Job. Job was an American hero, highly decorated SEAL and, most importantly, a lover of God. Through his actions, he showed Christ and brought others to a relationship with God. Incredible man with an incredible story.

5 Solid Stars. Pick up a copy for yourself and another! Link is in the pic above. Thank you, booklookbloggers, for this wonderful book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

American Sniper

by Chris Kyle w/Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice


Click on pic to get the book ^

With all the hype around the awesome movie that just came out, I wanted to read the autobiography that Chris Kyle wrote. I’m surprised I haven’t read it yet considering my large collection of SEAL books.

Surprisingly, I have very mixed feelings about the book. Chris Kyle was a hero. He was an absolute hero and deserves every ounce of the recognition and awards he has received. And, if I may say, Jesse Ventura better watch his back… Seriously? Suing Taya, Chris’ widow? I don’t think that’s going to fly with the brotherhood.

MOVING ON… my only “beef” with this book would have to be his mixed up priorities. He felt that life was about God, Country and then Family. Claiming to be a Christian, I would think that he would feel differently about that. Beware of reading if you are not of a strong constitution. There is heavy swearing and the book is full of violence (OBVIOUSLY).


Surprisingly enough, he made it through all four deployments in Iraq. He had come back home and was making changes. He realized that he needed to be there for his family and was working on his marriage. Sadly, he was killed while working with a young man that had PTSD. (On a side note, his trial for the murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield begins in just a couple of weeks)

Overall, it was an intriguing book and the movie was amazing! I allowed my teenage son to read the book because it is an autobiography and we discussed it together when he came across portions that went against what he thought was right.

Thank you to all service men and women. I am incredibly grateful and honored by your service.

308555id1i_TheJudge_FinalRated_27x40_1Sheet.inddClick on pic for the trailer ^

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