About the Author: Chad Hennings played nine seasons for the Dallas Cowboys during the 1990s. Before that he was an Air Force fighter pilot who flew more than forty humanitarian missions during the first Gulf War. He won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in the country while playing football for the Air Force Academy. Currently, he is a husband, father, businessman and speaker for Christian and business audiences.
My Review: I have read quite a few books that are entertaining and interesting. It isn’t often I come across one that is not only entertaining and interesting, but it is essential reading for its target audience, which is males from about 15 to 25. Of course, men over 25 will enjoy the book too, but the values message in Rules of Engagement is so important that it should be read in the years in which moral values are forming.
The author describes how men in our society become emotionally disconnected from other men and from God. From his years as an Air Force pilot, he describes how important a “wingman” is to the pilot and how he has applied that concept into a civilian ministry.
Chad’s style is not “preachy”, but instead he offers a two part plan. In the first part he describes the challenges and talks about building character, work ethic, balance, and spirituality. He calls this part Basic Training. In the second part, or Active Duty, he describes a plan to live a life that is honorable and fulfilling.
Although Chad Hennings writes about his own life in football, the military and his own weaknesses, he does not focus the book on himself. Rules of Engagement is about men and how to live their lives for God.
I would recommend this book for all men, but especially for high school and college students, a graduate gift, men just starting out in the work world, Sunday School classes, and church libraries.
I would encourage you to read why Chad Hennings wrote this book on his blog here: Chad Hennings