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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159052215X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590522158
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael K. Martinez on April 7, 2005
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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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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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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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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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When I read "A More Elite Soldier" I was deeply impressed with Chuck Holton's story and how it speaks to me as a man of God. It's a book I've given away as a gift to a number of friends including my spiritual father - Pastor Gordon Dalbey. It's a book that will touch deep places in a man's heart and challenge us to a deeper walk as men. I also equally recommend his book, "Bulletproof" which I took the guys in one of the men's groups I've led through.
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I read this book for a spring semester church group last year and I thought it was an excellent autobiographical account of the parallels between the challenges we face in our professional lives and spiritual lives. Chuck Holton's book is a well written, freely flowing description of the hardships and obstacles he faced becoming an Army Ranger and the lessons he learned from them and how he applied those lessons to his faith as a Christian.
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