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Jeff Struecker, a Black Hawk Down hero, the Army s Top Ranger, now an Army Chaplain, relates his own tales from the frontlines of every U.S initiative since Panama, and tells how God taught him faith from the front in fear soaked times As readers go on mission with Struecker through his harrowing tales, they will learn how to face their own fears with faith in a mightyJeff Struecker, a Black Hawk Down hero, the Army s Top Ranger, now an Army Chaplain, relates his own tales from the frontlines of every U.S initiative since Panama, and tells how God taught him faith from the front in fear soaked times As readers go on mission with Struecker through his harrowing tales, they will learn how to face their own fears with faith in a mighty God Just as he told one of his charges in Mogadishu The difference between being a coward and a hero is not whether you re scared, it s what you do while you re scared.


  • Title: The Road to Unafraid: How the Army's Top Ranger Faced Fear and Found Courage through Black Hawk Down and Beyond
  • Author: Jeff Struecker Dean Merrill
  • ISBN: 9780849900600
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Jeff Struecker Dean Merrill

Chaplain Major Jeff Struecker was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa He entered the Army as an enlisted soldier in September 1987 and remained on active duty until April 2000 when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve as a Chaplain Candidate He confessed Christ as Savior as a teenager and was called to the ministry while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Ft Benning, Georgia.He served for ten years in the 75th Ranger Regiment in positions from Ranger Reconnaissance Specialist to Platoon Sergeant While serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment, Chaplain Struecker competed in the David L Grange Best Ranger Competition for three consecutive years His efforts culminated with a first place finish in 1996 He also served as an Assistant Instructor of Military Science at the University of Louisville and was recognized in 1998 as the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps ROTC Noncommissioned Officer of the year.Throughout his career Chaplain Struecker has attended numerous professional military schools and has received many awards and commendations Some of his awards include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman s Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutists Wings, Military Freefall Master Parachutist Wings, British Parachutist Wings, Thai Parachutist Wings, German Parachutist Wings, and German Sports Efficiency Badge He has been awarded other commendations and decorations for successful completion of professional military schools throughout his military career.His combat experience includes participation in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Iris Gold in Kuwait, Operation Gothic Serpent, in Mogadishu, Somalia, and multiple tours in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom His awards for actions in these imminent danger zones include the Southwest Asia Service Medal 1 Service Star , Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 2d award , National Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal with V Device for valor, 3rd award He has received other medals as recognition for his service in the United States Army.Chaplain Struecker holds a Master of Divinity Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science Degree and Associate of Science Degree from Troy University in Alabama.Chaplain Struecker and his wife, Dawn, have five children Aaron, Jacob, Joseph, Abigail and Lydia.



Comments The Road to Unafraid: How the Army's Top Ranger Faced Fear and Found Courage through Black Hawk Down and Beyond

  • Angela

    Capt. Jeff Struecker hits the nail on the hit with his analysis of death and why it consumes us. I enjoyed learning more about the military, their training, thinking and other things that a normal citizen is not aware of. I am grateful to our armed services for everything they do for our country to keep me safe.


  • Jay

    I thought this book was a great read. I enjoyed how fast of a read it was. I was able to turn through the chapters quickly and follow along with Jeff's train of though. Jeff is a great man of God as well as an absolute WARRIOR in battle. Great read.


  • Joshua Douglas

    Incredible book on following convictions and leadership.I would reccommend such a book to friends, business leaders, church laypeople, and those sensing a call toward ministry. This book winsomely displays how to lead in perilous times.


  • Brooklynn

    I absolutely loved this book!


  • Joey Allseitz

    "The Road to Unafraid" is a action thrilling adventure, the main character Jeff Struecker(one of the real characters of "blackhawk down") who is also one of many army rangers in this book, writes about his stories and fears he has to go through to earn the courage and name of an Army Ranger. Jeff and a team of Ranger soldiers who runs towards the war instead away go through difficult obsticales and terrain to try and rescue two down Blackhawks behind enemie lines for hours of exchanging bullets. [...]


  • Tracey Cramer-Kelly

    I enjoyed this book for reasons I hadn’t expected to. I expected to read a harrowing account of an Army Ranger’s experience in Somalia and other hot spots, especially another view of the Black Hawk Down event (Struecker was involved in the push to retrieve those bodies). As a memoir, I expected to get inside Struecker’s head, expected a certain level of honesty and sobering self-realization.There were in fact some war-time details, but they weren’t as in-your-face as some other memoirs I [...]


  • Jerome

    The Road to Unafraid is definitely a quick and suspenseful read. The author briefly tells us about his childhood and training to become a Ranger (and, later, a chaplain). He spends most of the book describing his combat experiences and the military-related challenges he's faced.Jeff Struecker is very open about the fears, frustrations, and challenges he dealt with while in combat and what he learned from them. He also gives insight into military culture and a soldier's view of the various milita [...]


  • Debbie

    The Road to Unafraid is definitely a quick and suspenseful read. The author briefly tells us about his childhood and training to become a Ranger (and, later, a chaplain). He spends most of the book describing his combat experiences and the military-related challenges he's faced. Jeff Struecker is very open about the fears, frustrations, and challenges he dealt with while in combat and what he learned from them. He also gives insight into military culture and a soldier's view of the various milit [...]


  • Brooke

    This was such an inspiring book about facing fears and acknowledging Christ Jesus as Savior. I actually had the opportunity to hear Jeff Streucker, the author of 'The Road to Unafraid' speak, and I was so moved by his story and his words that I bought this book a day later.What I loved most was that this man had real struggles, and faced very real fears. Yet he had the strength (and I'm not talking about his physical strength), to overcome those fears in a realization that even in the face of de [...]


  • Whitney

    Jeff Struecker seems like a great guy but it just wasn't the most well-crafted memoir I've ever read. It's not that it had any obvious failings, - it just wasn't awesome. Really, I blame the co-author. Merrell isn't a bad writer, he just has no idea how to write anything that isn't Only Religious. It sort of put a damper on Struecker's own introspection and made his journey seem Lifeway-end-cap-fodder.It took the grit and reality that makes a memoir like this so gripping and meaningful and made [...]


  • John F

    This book is an Autobiography. I really like this book. This book has alot of adventure and action and tells a little about his point of view of the wars he was in. But this book is mainly about how he came to a saving relation ship with Jesus Christ. And he goes on to tell about how his life changed because of his relationship with Jesus. After he became a Christian he never lost his main point of view what is Jesus Christ. Jeff Strucker wanted to be in the war but he wanted to be the best so h [...]


  • Matt

    I like many people saw and read Black Hawk Down. I was suprised to find out Captain Struecker lived in Fort Dodge where I lived at the time. I had always wanted to hear more about his story. When perusing a used book store I stumbled across this and am so glad I did. I am sure some will find the author to be preachy at times, I am however not one. This is a man telling his story and how he found his "Road to Unafraid." If God is how he was able to do that, why not glorify His name. I personally [...]


  • RANGER

    If you saw the movie or read the book, Black Hawk Down, you will appreciate the first hand account by the leader of the Ranger rescue convoy, Jeff Struecker. Struecker describes how his Christian faith helped him overcome fear and how his combat experiences stirred him to pursue his calling to preach the gospel. Well written, inspiring, perfect for challenging real men to serve Jesus Christ with all their heart. Buy three copies, one for a friend, one for a vet, one for you. Rangers lead the way [...]


  • Mrs.soule

    The non-fictional account of a Christian soldier's journey past his fears and into Ranger training, the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Somalia, and ultimately into a new career as an army chaplain, helping the men he used to fight beside find God, hope, and courage amidst death and destruction.An inspiring story of faith and the protection of God in desperate circumstances. The account of fighting in Somalia to reach the downed helicopters is seriously intense - I felt like I was right in the mid [...]


  • Ronie

    This is one of the most compelling books I've read in a while. I managed to read it over three 1.5 hours stints. Struecker's experience in Somalia during the famed Black Hawk Down incident is eye-opening and heart-wrenching. I was moved by the poignant way he portrayed his experiences and those of the Rangers around him. It was also fascinating reading about his journey toward becoming a chaplain and God's protection over him during each mission.


  • Kosie

    As a Christian I absolutely loved this book as it has so many great messages on life and how to live it. His book and the way God lead him through some tough times is awe inspiring. He is probably one of the toughest and bravest men alive, in the army and in life in general who stands by his beliefs and he lives his life to be a great example to other people. A must read for Christians.


  • Mwambolt

    This was a interesting book that gives insight into US military engagement in Panama, Somalia, and the Global War on Terror through Jeff's personal involvement. It also covers the Ranger Challenge, which Jeff competed in multiple times and even won. This was a very good book that only took a few hours to read. I recommend it.


  • Jeff

    This is a short but enjoyable read about Struecker and the some of the different military situations he was involved. Focusing mostly on "Black Hawk Down" he tells his side of the story. Toward the end of the book he talks about his decision to go into ministry and winning the "Best Ranger" competition. A very good read!


  • Chuck

    US Army Rangers story of his experience in Mogadishu & other places, how he dealt with fear, & how he was led to be called by GOD to become an Army chaplain. Extremely encouraging. If this soldier can deal with the fear through these very tough situations, there is no reason why I can't in my less than comparable life.


  • Lorelle

    I'm not the kind of person that likes these kind of books but I found it interesting. I don't want anything to do with wars (I'm twelve)but i keep reading. I don't know why (it could be because I'm related to him even though I haven't met him that I can remember) I keep reading. i like it in a way that i don't like many books.


  • Lauren

    A fast, interesting read. Jeff Struecker takes us through his early days in the army to the "Black Hawk Down." I appreciate the fact that he is honest, that this is not just a puffed up 'look at what I did' book that it could easily have become. The Road to Unafraid is worth reading.


  • Samuel

    This was a pretty quick read. Great story of the life of Jeff Struecker and his coming to faith in Christ and how that played out during his time in the military. The writing was not the sharpest, but again it was easy reading so it moved along quickly.


  • Cindy Loan

    This book was amazing. Great reading.


  • Steve Berger

    Great book about the actual events that occurred in Mogadishu. Author grew up near where I am from.


  • John Mccorkle

    Excellent!


  • Sir Miles Ware

    A good book for us guys.


  • Diane

    Great book, good details, well written, interesting story. Highly recommend. It is fascinating to me how someone of faith explains how he can deal with the violence of war and faith in God!


  • Courtney Marie W

    I loved this book!! SO interesting!!!!![Military theme]


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