The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage

Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens made quite a public mark with his best-selling military memoir, The Heart and the Fist.

But who knew this world-class fighter has a message for youths?

The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage is the teen-audience adaptation of The Heart and the Fist, as well as the new Book of the Week at TheBlaze.

Because it’s not often you’ll peruse a few paragraphs and pages of book for youths and end up wanting it for yourself.

Greitens’ intimate storytelling—that asks young people to place themselves in his vivid, real-life narratives—are at-once arresting and inspiring for older readers as well.

And indeed, for the younger person on your holiday gift list (especially guys), Greitens’ compelling evolution from average kid to globe-traveling humanitarian to warrior—training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world, the Navy SEALs—proves a priceless object lesson and motivational tool.

(Oh, and did we mention Greitens is a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Ph.D. from Oxford as well? Almost forgot that tidbit…)

Here’s Greitens speaking (he does that quite well, too) about the power of friendship and how it relates directly to having “a flourishing life”:

So, what else besides this humanitarian warrior’s incredible story sets this book apart?

Most importantly, Greitens asks teen readers to consider the power of choices—of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they can grow to be tomorrow’s heroes.

Check out this excerpt from The Warrior’s Heart, as Greitens reveals a bit about his journey toward learning how to box (and as it turns out, how to live his life the right way):

Before we started every practice, Earl made us pray. He’d tell us, “Just go on and say whatever is right for you to say,” and we would shut our eyes and say a silent prayer.

I’d never spent time with someone who prayed on a daily basis, and it felt strange at first. But after a few days of getting regularly cracked in the ribs, praying seemed like the smart thing to do.

For Earl, any location where people gathered to make themselves better—the gym, the parking lot, or the patch of mud behind North Carolina Central University—was a place of worship. The ordinary tasks of boxing, like taping up our hands, were treated like solemn rituals.

My life felt split between two worlds, but somehow they came together. In the classroom, I’d learn about Aristotle, about his belief that we learn what is good by watching good people, and then I’d go down to the gym, and Earl would say to me, “Watch Derrick. Watch how he throws a jab.”

So I learned by reading and writing and discussing, and I learned by watching and doing.

Check out Greitens’ below remarks on courage and the “compass” analogy, respectively: