The Heart and the Fist is an inspirational and motivating story by Eric Greitens. It gives us a closer look into the heart of a man who loved people so much, and whose heart was so broken by the devastation he saw, that he had to do something with his life to make a difference.
While Eric was in college, and for some time afterwards, he saw parts of the world that most of us never have the chance to see. He traveled to some of the poorest, most down-trodden regions of the world, including Calcutta, the home of Mother Teresa. What he saw there, and in other parts of the world, changed his life in more ways than one. He needed to find a way to help the people in the refugee camps. He needed to be able to do something for them; to serve them in a greater way. So, he did the only thing that made sense.
He became a Navy SEAL.
Through his training, and through the experiences that would follow, Eric learned valuable lessons about life. He shares those lessons with you in his heart-wrenching memoir. For a man who only wanted to find strength within him to do more for the world around him, he realizes that it's his desire to do good that gives him strength.
Some might call Greitens an idealist. Others refer to him as a humanitarian. Once you read The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, you'll know Eric as a hero. However, it wasn't his service as a Navy SEAL that created that heroism within him. It was his heart, and his love for people. It was his willingness to lay down his life in an attempt to make a difference for a few people, thousands of miles away. This is a story you'll love and cherish for years to come.
Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world’s trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa’s home in Calcutta, among other places. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage.
So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior. In a moving and inspiring memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the history of military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to discover that he had to be good to be strong. Throughout his SEAL training and deployments in Kenya, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the lessons of his humanitarian work bore fruit. The result is a lesson for us all: the heart and fist together are more powerful than either one alone. Download and start listening now!