Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For

February 8, 2018 - Comment

A real-life, can’t-put-down spy memoir.The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek out potential agents who can keep a secret yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country but are willing to leave it behind for dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation’s

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A real-life, can’t-put-down spy memoir.
The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek out potential agents who can keep a secret yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country but are willing to leave it behind for dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation’s most highly sensitive tasks.

Michele Rigby Assad was one of those people.

As a CIA agent and a counterterrorism expert, Michele soon found that working undercover was an all-encompassing job. The threats were real; the assignments perilous. Michele spent over a decade in the agency―a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet, secretly serving in some of the most treacherous areas of the Middle East, and at risk as a target for ISIS. But deep inside, Michele wondered: Could she really do this job? Had she misunderstood what she thought was God’s calling on her life? Did she have what it would take to survive?

The answer came when Michele faced her ultimate mission, one with others’ lives on the line―and it turned out to have been the plan for her all along. In Breaking Cover, Michele has at last been cleared to drop cover and tell her story: one of life-or-death stakes; of defeating incredible odds; and most of all, of discovering a faith greater than all her fears.

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Elizabeth says:

God Has Plans Far Bigger Than Our Own I know for myself and for many Christians that we can so often put ourselves and God in a box. To believe that only what we can put our arms around or see or understand is possible.In “Breaking Cover,” Michele shares about what a life looks like lived beyond the box. One of radical faith and trust in a God who can do all things.As I was reading, I was inspired and convicted to be grateful for all God has done in my life and the relative ease we have as Americans…

Jill P. Jones says:

Assad did not fulfill a lifelong dream by becoming an agent with the CIA–far from it–but she considers herself fortunate to have discovered her life’s calling and trusting God … The CIA is looking for walking contradictions and Michele Rigby Assad documents her life in “Breaking Cover” as a person who can be exactly what the CIA needs to fight terror. Assad did not fulfill a lifelong dream by becoming an agent with the CIA–far from it–but she considers herself fortunate to have discovered her life’s calling and trusting God to take care of her. Many times she had absolutely no idea what God was doing by allowing her to serve in some of the most dangerous countries in…

Gail Welborn says:

“…Michelle’s true story of ten years as a CIA agent reads like a blockbuster novel whose pages can’t turn fast enough…” Michelle Rigby Assad’s memoir of ten-years as a CIA agent in “Breaking Cover” reads like a blockbuster novel whose pages can’t turn fast enough. Her true story is one of struggles that turned into “skill builders…where pain became a motivator and confusion…a clarifier.” However, it was only in retrospect that she saw those difficulties as a “tremendous gift” when she realized God used them to work out His plan and purpose for her life.Working as a clandestine CIA agent, a…

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