When Hollywood execs decide a book is worth over a hundred million dollars to turn into a feature length movie, you consider thinking about reading it. When friend after friend recommends the same book, you plunk down the money to buy the book and set aside the time to read it.
The book is the New York Times bestseller, Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell. This true story written by a Navy Seal about the Navy Seals tells the tale of four of our county’s finest on a mission to take out a tyrannical terrorist leader. As the title implies, things go tragically wrong. Your heart breaks as you read through page after page of the sufferings of our men in uniform undertaking the protection of the United States.
Grab the book and it read if before the movie comes out in a few weeks. At the end of each chapter thank the Lord for those who offer their blood, sweat, and family’s tears to keep us safe.
Here are a few quotes from the book. Please keep in mind the author serves in the U.S. Navy. He sometimes uses language associated with sailors to describe the events of the war in Afghanistan.
“[Our dad] would tell us: “One day I’m not gonna be here. Then it’s gonna be you two, by yourselves, and I want you to understand how rough and unfair this world is. I want you both prepared for whatever - - - - might come your way.”
“During the peril of my own darkest hours, I thought of those words over and over, more times than I care to admit: God will give me justice.”
“Let him who desires peace prepare for war” (that’s translated from the Latin Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum — Flavius Vegetius Renatus, fourth century)”
“I asked [Seal Instructor] Reno about this weeks later, and he told me, “Marcus, the body can take - - - near anything. It’s the mind that needs training. The question that guy was being asked involved mental strength. Can you handle such injustice? Can you cope with that kind of unfairness, that much of a setback? And still come back with your jaw set, still determined, swearing to God you will never quit? That’s what we’re looking for.”
“These are the problems of the modern U.S. combat soldier, the constant worry about overstepping the mark and an American media that delights in trying to knock us down. Which we have done nothing to deserve. Except, perhaps, love our country and everything it stands for.”
Excerpt From: Patrick Robinson. “Lone Survivor.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/Nczuv.l
Took this picture a few years back after hiking Carter Mountain, just south of Cody, Wyoming. The man in the foreground is my brother-in-law and a terrific hiking partner. I couldn't help but think of this picture as I read about the adventures of the Navy Seals in the steep mountains of the Hindu Kush. We were pretty tired when we reached the peak of this mountain, but we weren't carrying heavy packs, weren't getting shot at, weren't hundreds of miles from safety.
"Thank You" to all those who put on the uniform of the United States military. We live in your debt.