The Book Worm: Review: One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview


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.
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. 

Genre: non-fiction

Publishing date: October 2015

Mature content: no

Review: One of the Few is not a book I would naturally pick at the bookstore, and if the author had not sent me a copy asking for a review, I probably wouldn't have read it. And, sadly, I would have missed a lot. 

The book is very easy to read, with interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter, and though it doesn't follow an exact timeline, it accompanies the author from his childhood to his role as a husband, father and US Marine and, most importantly, to the building up of his faith in God. There isn't one single big revelation, but instead a piling up of little things that suddenly fit like pieces of a puzzle.

It touches on very important aspects of today's society from a Christian perspective and also conveys important messages to parents. It shows that we make mistakes - it's human nature to do so - but we can strive to do better. One of the Few is a wake up call to all of us, often too busy with our daily chores to pay attention to what is the real purpose of our existence. Some of the chapters are a bit long, but it's a wonderful book and well worth your time. Recommended.

Happy readings,

the book worm, book blog

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