Saturday, August 30, 2014

In the Secret Service by Jerry Parr with Carolyn Parr (Review)

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 20, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414378718

Meet Jerry Parr. In 1981, he was the agent standing next to Ronald Reagan when John Hinckley, Jr., stepped out of the crowd, intent on killing the president. In the Secret Service is an adrenaline-filled ride through the life of the agent who saved Ronald Reagan’s life. Jerry spent much of his life as a silent eyewitness to history, with a gun at his fingertips. What motivates a man who is ready at a moment’s notice to step into the path of a bullet? In In the Secret Service, you’ll also follow Jerry’s inner journey. That journey led him from the halls of the powerful to the streets of the poor in Washington, D.C., to the mountain passes of war-torn El Salvador to help orphans.

You won’t want to miss this insider’s perspective on the Secret Service and a look into the heart of a man who was—and is—ready to sacrifice himself for another. At times heart-pounding, at times heartrending, this richly textured memoir of a Secret Service Agent will first move you to the edge of your seat, then to the depths of your soul.

 My Review:

This was an interesting look at the life of a Secret Service Agent, Jerry Parr. He is the one credited with saving the life of President Ronald Regan. That incident is not the main focus of the book though. The book details his life and career. This was a behind the scenes look at being secret service agent. I had no idea how much time they have to spend away from their families. Mr. Parr shares funny stories and sad ones. The end of the book ended abruptly after telling what he started doing after he got out of the secret service. Other than that I enjoyed reading the book.

 Jerry and Carolyn Parr have built their life together on faith, family, and service. Jerry served as a special agent in the United States Secret Service for twenty-three years. Carolyn worked for the Justice Department and later as a federal tax judge. Both Jerry and Carolyn are ordained ministers. They have three daughters and four brilliant and beautiful granddaughters.

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