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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.
I found some parts irrelevant, like a couple of chapters about alcohol. He’s beating a dead horse.
I found a few chapters brilliant, like those that reveal the veil of lies about Christianity in modern media.
Generally I found interesting both the narration about a fighter pilot's life (I am an amateur warfare-history and tactics historian), and the part in which he talks about spiritual life.
The author reveals himself fully. A vulnerable, honest approach is the only appropriate way to talk about spirituality. Yes, there is some preaching, but every bit of it is fully embedded in the real life examples from the author's experience.
I recommend "One of the Few" for anybody who struggle with his/ her own Christian identity and faith. This is story of your brother, not some prissy sermon. You’ll easily relate to a few of these lessons.
Jason B. Ladd has done double duty in his book, One of the Few combining a bit of his own personal memoirs as a Marine alongside learning what it is to become a Christian. He started at the beginning with no training whatsoever in either area, knowing of God but not truly knowing who He is. Along the way Jason shares how each aspect of his training, from basic training to flight school have taught him more than simple military protocol and training as he advanced in the Marines but how each aspect of that training and often mistakes can be applied to a Christian walk of faith.
In the chapter Read, Fly, Repeat, he shares how much faith is evident in every aspect of a fighter pilots life. While he doesn't build the plane or maintain it, still each time he steps inside the cockpit, he has to have faith that someone who does that job, has done it to the best of their ability, therefore giving him faith that it will perform as it should.
"I have faith in the Marines who work on the jets; they have faith in my ability to fly them - together, we complete the mission. Marines are expected to maintain the highest standards of discipline, professionalism, and integrity. Every lance corporal turning a wrench knows he is part of a team. Without his help, jets will not fly, and without his attention to detail, pilots will not succeed. He does his best because that's what Marines do. They do not settle for average. Marine's work day, night and through the weekend to make sure the job is done right. That's why I have faith in the Marines who maintain the fleet.
"This was a revelation. I never thought of myself as a man of faith, yet I was beginning to see how much faith I had in everyday things. I need faith to drive to work every day. I have faith I will receive a paycheck for my work because legal checks and balances ensure compensation and deter unfair business practices. And I must trust architects because I don't worry about roofs collapsing on my head. In order to remain sane, I must trust these even will not occur despite a lack of proof." (95).
I received One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd by Boone Shepherd Publishing and applaud this writers use of military memoirs to also illustrate his growing Christian faith. For some who read this book, especially service men and women, this life lessons will resound more to them because it applies to the brotherhood shared among those in our military service. I love the way his faith grew in the different aspects of his learning to become a Marine pilot and even how mistakes teach us valuable lessons of growing in our own walk of faith. We don't quit, we simply get up, shake off the dust and soldier on. For me, this one really earned a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion because I really LOVED his duality in this novel, one from growing up in the military and becoming a Marine and the life lessons he gained from that, but secondly, how his walk of faith grew out of those very same lessons in a remarkable way.