Biography at its best. I couldn’t put the book down. As a secret service agent from 1962-1985, Jerry Parr led an adrenalin filled life and met a lot of interesting people. This book is brimming with anecdotes, up close encounters, and interesting facts. But what impressed me the most was the depth with which Jerry, with the help of his wife and co-author Carolyn, shares his own life experience, beginning with the boy who longed for solid father figure to the man who dedicated his life to serve and rescue others. There is something about authenticity that calls people to attention. I feel like this book does that for me. The characters he encounters, the truths about himself that he discovers, and the sentimental attention to detail make this a delightfully satisfying read.
This is a powerful narrative of missionary service as well. In the final chapters, after sharing all the exciting stories that come from a man who serves in the White House detail for so many years, Jerry Parr tells the remarkable story of how how found his heavenly Father and from the heart pursued a life of dedicated service– outside the realm of the secret service–focused on loving and encouraging others. Jerry Parr sums it this way: “The impulse to protect and the impulse to bear witness come from the same place. I know those impulses come from God and that God is love.”