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One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview Paperback – October 27, 2015
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A Marine fighter pilot embarks on the greatest mission of all: the pursuit of truth.
Jason B. Ladd realizes that while he's ready to defend his country, he is unprepared for his most important decisions as a husband and father.
In One of the Few, Ladd pulls from his extensive military training to offer a compelling defense of the Christian faith as he warns seekers to avoid spiritual apathy and offers effective Christian tactics for withstanding spiritual attacks.
Filled with deeply personal stories, this compelling book comes directly from the spirit of a man with the soul of a marine, the mind of a fighter, the heart of a father, and a commitment to Christ.
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Each chapter begins with a quote from a secular thinker as well as a Christian thinker. The comparisons are challenging and interesting. Here are a few quotations:
"I've begun worshiping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun." George Carlin
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see by it, but because by it I see everything else." C.S. Lewis
Ladd describes the training he receives to become a Marine and eventually a fighter pilot. He sees many parallels between his earthly experiences with spiritual truths.
lot of what Jason Ladd discovers I had already arrived at so some of his conclusions were not new to me, like discovering that our present social climate does not respect the Christian world view. This can be a challenge when you are used to being respected every time you walk into a building wearing that flight suit. Ladd proves, however, that authentic faith overrides any concern over society's opinion.
Ladd has obviously read the Bible in depth, judging from his references to it and one chapter is devoted to the need to read the Bible over and over again.
If you are interested in Military culture and how one man came to faith in Christ inside of that culture; if you like to read modern war stories and how a fighter pilot comes to reconcile his worldly mission with his spiritual one, this is an excellent book and one I highly recommend reading.
Again, I will say, I LOVE this book! I will be reading it again in the future.
P.S. My Mom liked it also!
I found the story to be mostly interesting because I just love reading nonfiction, especially history. I have a deep respect for the military; my dad was in the U. S. Navy. I didn't know too much about any of the military branches outside of the Navy before reading this One of the Few, but I learned quite a bit about the Marines through it.
The parts that tripped me up were the frequent comparisons to the Christian life and the Marines. After a while it got to be a little bit annoying. That said, the references are very good and fit well. I just wish the story were told and then the latter half of the book be written about the Christian life.
I did like the book and give it a four stars.
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This is a non-fiction memoir and apologetic, so to speak, of a Marine fighter pilot and his journey to faith.Read more