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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159052215X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590522158
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chuck Holton is originally from Carson City, Nevada. He joined the army upon graduation from high school and served four years as an Airborne Ranger. After completing his enlistment, he moved to Wisconsin to go to college and fly helicopters for the National Guard. With his wife, Connie, he moved to Maryland, where he now works as a stockbroker and enjoys spending time working around their farm and raising their five children.

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Chuck Holton is a backpack journalist - traveling to more than a dozen countries a year, usually reporting on conflict. His experience in the U.S. Army Rangers and extensive travel come out in his writing - both fiction and non-fiction. He is regularly featured on CBNNews.com and is currently editing the American Heroes series of books with Oliver North.

Chuck and his family live on a farm in Appalachia.

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This book is great for guys in their teens, as well as grandfathers; there is definitely something for everyone.
Michael Brown
Although Holton's military theme is technical enough to wow the private or officer with his knowledge of weaponry and army lingo, his story is very personal.
Evan Sussenbach
This is a small book, very personal, very well-written for someone who is not a professional writer, and very profound.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Evan Sussenbach on August 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Chuck Holton's debut novel is one you will not be able to put down. Like his novelist heroes, C.S. Lewis and Randy Alcorn, Holton uses everyday images to paint beautiful metaphors of God's greatness and the Holy Spirit's sanctifying power. Holton though has a unique twist on his message and his testimony - he is not only a Christian devoted to God, he is a former Army Ranger devoted to his country.
If you have felt touched by the stories of military personnel risking, and sometimes losing, their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq the last couple years, than you will be drawn to Holton's experiences in combat as well as God's touch on his life. But if you have not been touched YET by military stories, than check out Chuck's book to see what young men and women go through all the time to prepare to serve you and me.
I have read many of the best-selling Christian books out right now - books by John Eldredge, Lee Strobel, C.S. Lewis, Tim Lahaye, Louie Giglio, John Maxwell, Rick Warren, Max Lucado, and others - and Holton ranks right up there with them. The great thing about Holton's style is that it is so different -adding work experience and adventure into his constant message of God's sovereignty.
A More Elite Soldier is a must-have for all military men and women - active or retired. And in the light of the heavy combat in the Middle East, the book helps me identify better with one of our country's most under - rated servants - our military.
Although Holton's military theme is technical enough to wow the private or officer with his knowledge of weaponry and army lingo, his story is very personal.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Martinez on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm currently non-denominational and chose to read this book for two reasons: I served in the same Regiment as Mr. Holton (different time period) and I'm currently at a crossroads in my life concerning the idea of organized religion. Simply stated, I'm a lost sheep amongst the herd.

So I figured maybe I could pick up a few jewels from this book. And I feel I did.

But to the interested reader, be aware that this book is heavy on Army speak, to the point that I think it would take the average reader some time to try and understand what he talks about. I thought his stories were humorous, but then again much of what he says I've done before. So just understand that and further understand it's STILL worth reading.

It's an excellent resource for any soldier who's struggling to find the application of God in his life. I came to a realization yesterday that I'm missing something and oddly enough this book appeared in my life the same evening (odd, huh?). Fortuitous as it was, I read it in a day and firmly believe he deals w/ real-life issues concerning combat, leadership, and most important, spirituality, which in turn makes for a very good, down-to-earth read.

Three stars for the subject it covers; casual, combat-disinterested readers may not enjoy (even though combat isn't the issue he's hinting at--it's really revelations LEARNED from it which is the pot of gold).

If you're compelled by anything I've said, check it out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Thompson "The Soccer Mom" on August 11, 2003
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A More Elite Soldier by Chuck Holton is an inside look at how a young man survives the rigors of becoming an Army Ranger, while at the same time learning valuable lessons. If you're tired of living a "safe" and boring existence, this book will get you up and ready to take on a life of meaning and purpose. We've all been called to be "on mission" read this book and fulfill yours!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Jurek on October 25, 2005
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Whether you realize it or not, ever since Satan rebelled against God, every human being has arrived on planet earth - a world at war! Chuck's book shows how the lessons he learned as a more elite soldier - a US Army Ranger (hooah) - are directly applicable to life as a Christian being a more elite soldier in the army of the Lord and participating in the daily spiritual battle. Chuck also shows how God, knows us, loves us, and takes time to meet our needs - the last chapter will get your full and undivided attention and show you just how much God cares.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "civilwarcorporal1" on December 31, 2003
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This book is such an inspiration to soldiers and thier families that I would highly recomend it to anyone with a soldier or family member in the military. This book will encourage and inspire you.
Pick it up and see for yourself.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. L Matocha on July 21, 2004
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ok i'll make this quick. this is a book that will be read in my house for years to come... one of the best i have ever read. if you have any doubts about this book... forget them... this book demands a rating higher than 5...(...)
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brown on January 2, 2004
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Jan. 2, 2004
I read about this book in New Man Magazine.... And I must say... This is a great book for anyone to read... I have shared it already with at least 5 people.... So do yourself a favor and pick it up.

Updated Feb. 12, 2011

What man, at some point in his life, hasn't wanted to be a Ranger, Seal, or just a plain badass? I know I have. I wanted to be a Navy Seal. Well Chuck Holton, author of A More Elite Soldier: Pursuing A Life of Purpose, was an Airborne Ranger. Through this book that reads like an updated version of Pilgrims Progress, he draws you in as you read about some of the missions Chuck has gone on and the struggles in his life as he served his country.

From time spent in Panama, to Ranger training, to his relationship with women and God, it's easy to see ourselves in the same sort of situations. We are confronted with the questions "What would I do?" and "What should I have done?" Through it all we are pointed back to Christ. He also uses the Ranger Creed as a guide to see how the it and the Bible fit together.

To be honest, I usually don't go back and reread books. I have a pretty good memory so when I start to reread a book I get bored very easily. Yet, this is one of those books I keep coming back to every year or two. It's one of the books I suggest to someone trying to find their purpose in life. Here's some of what you'll find inside...

Ever go through two-a-days in football? That is kinda what the Ranger Indoctrination Program (R.I.P) is like - on steroids. Chuck first has to do a "Dying Cockroach" (when you lay on your back and keep your head up off the ground and your arms and legs perpendicular to the ground). Take a rest and you're gone. Forty-five minutes later and he had passed his first test.
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