I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview by Jason B. Ladd, TVS Design Craft, Julie Gwinn, Satoshi Hirokawa
on January 1st 2015
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A US Marine fighter pilot explores life’s important questions as he prepares for combat, searches for truth, and wages spiritual warfare during his mission to become a better husband and father.
“I highly recommend it.”
— John Njoroge, speaker and radio host at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
Jason B. Ladd grows up in a military family with loving parents but spends his young life filled with spiritual apathy.
Ladd enters the US Marine Corps, becomes a fighter pilot, and sees combat in Iraq before life events align to nudge him into profound spiritual inquiry. Digging deep into his quest for truth, he realizes the art and science of fighter pilot fundamentals can help him on his journey.
Filled with stories that contrast his spiritual apathy with his post-Christian worldview passion, One of the Few is the compelling life story of a spiritual seeker engaged in a thrilling profession combined with a strong, reasonable defense of Christianity.
For fans of Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and Frank Turek, Ladd’s remarkable journey shares the transformative power of faith during a time when belief in God is dismissed and religious liberty in the military is attacked.
“Ladd takes you on a thrilling mission to make life’s most exciting and impactful discovery.”
— Frank Turek, award-winning author of Stealing From God and I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
“One of the Few” by Jason B. Ladd covers so many complex topics. The book really digs deep to bring out some thought-provoking questions. Ladd starts the reader off with discussing his childhood and how he grow up and then goes through and shares his military experiences. Ladd was looking for true faith and where to find it.
I think Ladd does a great job sharing his experience and explaining all of the military terms. I appreciated that Ladd took the time to find examples that made sense to me. The pop culture references added a bit of flair and made the text something the reader is able to relate too. I think references in a memoir book is great because it can bring in different generations of readers.
“One of the Few” is broken up into three parts. I love how Ladd breaks down each part and chapter into sections. It makes the story easier to read. I find that I tend to get bored in memoirs but this is a memoir that I enjoyed and found myself interested. I really liked the non-Christian quotes compared to scripture or even quotes made by Christians. I think it is important to see all points of view and it also gives you context on what Ladd is referring to or talking about.
I think the biggest issue I had with this book is some of Ladd’s points are a bit of a stretch. I think the thoughts and opinions are great. As long as it is referenced as thoughts or opinions and not fact. I was very interested to see what his opinion were and I think it is a really good book to read.