Author: Jason B. Ladd
Title: One Of The Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance Of The Christian Worldview
Genre:Christian Books and Bibles, Christian living, Religion and Spirituality,
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.The author contracted me through my book reviewing blog asking me to review his book.
First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Jason B. Ladd for sending me his book and giving me the chance to read it.
I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio. Even if you do not read books like this.
I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.
I highly recommend this book.
Quotes in this book:
It is faith that keeps the whole terrible edifice of religious certainty still looming dangerously over our world. - Sam Harris.
Keep your protection of your wife strong and know in your hearts out lord will carry you through whatever happens. - Ravi Zacharias.
I have 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 l believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see by it, but because by it I see everything else. - C.S. Lewis.
The secret of attraction is to love yourself. - Deepak Chopra.
My command is this: love each other as l have loved you. - Jesus
I have decided to believe everything I hear. Why not? It is all unbelievable anyway. - Shirley Maclane.
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgement (prov.10:21) . - Solomon.
We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. - Richard Dawkins.
It is the very act of self-sacrifice that demonstrates that there is something more noble than more survival. - Ravi Zacharias.
Gimme some pt good for you, good for me. - Military Cadence.
Physical training is of some valve, but godliness has valve for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. - The Apostle Paul.
The wax dissolved; and as icarus flapped his naked arms, deprived of the wings which had caught the air that was buoying them upwards, 'father!' he shouted, again and again. - Ovid.
The reason birds can fly and we can not is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. - J.M. Barrie.
Do not think, feel. - Bruce Lee.
The unexamined life is not worth living. - Socrates.
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence, faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence. - Richard Dawkins.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . ( Heb.11:1). Author Of Hebrews.
He who desires peace, let him prepare for war. - Vegetius.
In peace l will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (psalm 4:8) . - David.
(man's) origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms. - Bertrand Russell.
A human being is a collections of atoms in the same way that Shakespeare's plays are collections of words, or Beethoven's symphonies are collections of notes. - Dinesh D'Souza
Man is naturally good. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
There is no one who does good, not even one (Rom:3:12). - The Apostle Paul.
Because there is a law like gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. - Stephen Hawking.
In the beginning god created the heavens and the earth (gen 1:1). - Moses.
Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it in to the vulnerable minds of an innocent child is a grievous wrong. - Richard Dawkins.
Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these (Matt 19:14). - Jesus.
Heaven is not a location but refers to the inner real, of consciousness. - Eckhart Tolle.
The lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand (PS.14:2). - David.
There is no holy life, there is no war between good and evil, there us no sin and no redemption. - Deepak Chopra.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us ( 1 John 1:8). - The Apostle John.
Remember, it is important to enjoy erotica in moderation. - Laura Berman, LCSW, PHD.
You are a slave to whatever controls you (NLT, 2 pet. 2:19). - The Apostle Peter.
After all, we are advocating the destruction of the centrality of marriage and the nuclear family unit. - Activist.
A man will leave his father and mother to be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh (gen 2:24) . - Moses.
Heavy drinking in the military has been an accepted custom and tradition. – encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol, and addictive behavior.
Any perception that alcohol is central to our traditions is wrong. - Commandant Charles C. Krulak.
Let me get wine! Let us drink, our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better (Isaiah 56:12). - Isaiah.
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler I whoever is led astray by them is not wise ( Prov 20:1). - Solomon.
We are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussible. - Richard Rorty.
Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith (1 Tim 1:20-21). - The Apostle Paul.
It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know. - Henry David Thoreau.
Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana.
It now seems almost certain that... (love and kindness) are not the product of some immaterial substance or spirit but arise through the natural operations performed by a highly complex but still purely material brain. - Victor J. Stenger.
Whoever does not love does not know god, because god is love (1 John 4:8). The Apostle John.
I am convinced universalist I believe that in the end all men will be gathered in to the love of god. - William Barclay.
Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of god unless they are born again (John 3:3). - Jesus.
The only demons we must fear are those that lurk inside every human mind: ignorance, hatred, greed, and faith, which is surely the devil's masterpiece. - Sam Harris.
If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all (Isa 7:9). - Isaiah.
Most of what we currently hold sacred is not sacred for any reason other than that it was thought sacred yesterday. - Sam Harris.
God's temple is sacred, and you together are that temple(1 Cor 3:17). - The Apostle Paul.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways: I to die, and you to live. Which is better? God only knows. - Socrates.
He will swallow up death forever. The sovereign lord will wipe away the tears from all faces ( Isa 25:8). - Isaiah.
The author kindly signed my book.
This book has 317 pages and 36 chapters and 3 parts in it.
Review By Other People:
Skepticism about biblical truth claims comes in many forms. For some, no amount of evidence can assuage their zeal to deny god. Their will set against even the possibility that they might actually be accountable to god, and they are therefore more interested in dreaming up ways to disprove the evidence than to prove it. But there are other skeptics who are genuinely convinced that biblical truth claims are mistaken while remaining open to be convinced. This is a type of skepticism that those of us who are firmly convinced of the truth and importance of biblical truth must learn to address. Jason B. Ladd makes an admirable contribution to this end an accomplished fighter pilot in the U.S marines, his life story is itself an adventure worth reading about. Few are vouchsafed the types of experiences Jason Ladd has lived through. But as Ladd makes clear, there is a far more exciting adventure to which everyone, including skeptics of all stripes, is invited - the discovery of god's original blueprint for humanity. Ladd is a sure guide in this adventure. If you have ever wondered how to speak to speak to a seemingly self fulfilled skeptic or if you are skeptical about christian truth claims yourself, Jason Ladd's book is the place to begin. I highly recommend it. - John Njoroge, Speaker and host of RZIM's radio programs let my people think and just thinking.
In one of the few, marine fighter pilot Jason B. Ladd take you on a thrilling mission to make life's most exciting and impactful discovery you will really enjoy being his wing man (and the rewards are eternal)!. - Frank Turek, author of stealing from god and I do not have enough faith to be an atheist.
Marine fighter pilot Jason B. Ladd describes his journey from atheism to become a disciple of jesus Christ, the narrative moves along in a manner that captures and keeps one's attention, describing how his journey to jesus and afterward caused Ladd to wrestle with common misconceptions about christianity and various issues that often pit western culture against the teaching of jesus. This book is recommended for those seeking truth and those who need encouragement in their christian faith. It is also an encouragement for all of us believers to keep praying for our friends who do not know jesus, no matter how negative they may be toward the gospel. For one of them may be the next Jason B. Ladd. - Michael Licona, author of the resurrection of jesus: a new historiographical approach and associate professor in theology, Houston baptist university.
Jason B. Ladd explains why we should be “skeptical” about skepticism in relation to biblical truth in a powerful story of moving from atheist to skeptic to committed servant of jesus Christ. In a moving testimony, he debunks fallacies and clarifies truths, effectively challenging the notion of glamorous atheism by depicting the christian journey as life's greatest adventure. I highly recommend it for seekers and saints alike. - Steven Garofalo, author of right for you, but not for me a response to moral relativism and president of reason for truth.
One of the best works I have ever read, bar none. - Sandra T. Lloyd, writer.
Jason B. Ladd is the real deal: a top-ranked marine fighter pilot, a dedicated father, and a thoughtful writer. We studied and served together, and l often unpredictable service obligations. Now l know, thanks to his book, one of the few. The book offers valuable insights for anyone examining faith, and the eternal questions of what matters most in life and why. - Rye Barcott, author of it happened on the way to war.
One of those few rare books. Entertaining and informative, I will keep extras on hand to pass along. - Caleb Nelson, director of resources, ratio Christ.
I have long seen parallels between the life of the marine and the disciple. Both involved servant leadership, require discipline of the heart and mind, demand commitment and sacrifice, and result in a transformation of one's identity. As a marine and, more importantly, as a disciple of jesus Christ, Jason B. Ladd deftly draws on his training and experience as a marine officer in rehearsing his own transformation and subsequent growth. Using his journey in to the life of marine aviation, Jason exploits those parallels and provides a fresh perspective on the challenges and joys of following jesus Christ with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. Read this book and share it. - Karl Johnson, LT. Col USMC (ret.); director, C.S Lewis institute – Chicago.
Jason B. Ladd writes with courage on a topic (and in a world) that needs it. - Tom Morkes, CEO of insurgent publishing.
What a read. Here I am on the edge of my chair, white-knuckling my kindle reader, and I am still in the prologue for Pete's sake! If Jason B Ladd flies as well as he writes, then both america and the kingdom of god are blessed to have him on their side. - Ray MCClendon, writer, minister, and police Chaplin.
Strap in to your favorite chair. Lock and load the coffee pot, and prepare for your greatest mission in the battle for your soul! Supremely crafted, this book engages life's most difficult questions with a compelling and insightful view from the heart and soul of a warrior. Like adding hot sauce to grits, this is not your average bowl of Theology, was and peace. You will be stirred to the point of action. - John M., husband, father, and marine.
This book will transform your heart and strengthen the heart of your family. - Susan Irene Fox, blogger and teacher.
One of the few books that gets down to business. Real, honest, and authentic. - Andrew, writer, motosport.com.
A masterful story blending military life, family, faith and the life-changing power of god. A must read for service members, parents, and their children. - Michael Silva, pastor and former USMC captain.
One of the few is both fascinating glimpse in to the world of a marine fighter pilot and an intriguing conversion memoir that is destined to reach an under-served readership. Ladd's account of his journey has a sharp authenticity about it, it is honest and intellectually sound, but without affectation. I have already begun recommending it. - Melissa Cain Travis, M.A, assistant professor of christian apologetics, Houston bapist university.
Jason uses the events of his life, from the seemingly mundane to the life-changing, to show us something about the father and jesus Christ, and to draw out deeper spiritual points in this way, he uses his own journey from agnosticism to christianity as a spiritual roadmap for those at various places on their own journeys. - Joseph Heschmeyer, blogger and seminarian at roman catholic archdiocese of Kansas city.
A personal journey with a convincing rationale for conversion from agnosticism to saving faith in jesus Christ and full confidence in the world of god. Contrasting quotes to start each chapter, word pictures and vivid illustrations throughout made it a joy to read. - Clarke Holtsberry, retired missionary.
An insightful exploration of what it takes to live in today's culture. A must read. - Elizabeth Ellis, poet, artist, and It professional.
Jason B. Ladd offers a unique look in to the life of a soldier, a son, and his savior. With the same precision that he uses as a jet fighter pilot, he unpacks a rationale for why he lives by faith – and why he passionately invites others to join him. It is the adventure of his life time – one that l have been invited in to as his pastor and his friend. If you read this book, you will be better because of it. - Steve Wyatt, lead pastor, Christ's church at the crossroads.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a strong resource for christian growth; especially young men who have a heart for god and seeks support from men who demonstrates strong, moral character. Jason B. Ladd balances story, with worldview comparison, and apologetics. This combination provides powerful insight for understanding how to live in a dark world without conforming to its mold. - Scott Steiner, minister of music, first baptist church middleville.
I was first drawn to this book because of my connection to loved ones in the military. What l discovered is that the subject is deeply meaningful to anyone who desires to live a life devoted to the lord and desires to live uprightly, fresh, insightful, and exciting, it really lifts my spirits, but more importantly it compels me to lift up Christ in my interactions with my world. I identify with Jason's passion for god and how he sees everything through the eyes of faith. I wish everybody could read this book, especially those in the military!. - Kathryn W. Armstrong, blogger and teacher.
Jason tells an engaging story of how we should see the world with christian eyes, and his experience in the marines provides an intriguing backdrop for addressing the struggles of walking in faith. Jason's story goes from mere existence, to christian discovery and growth. He shares his lessons and thought-provoking question with his readers using an inheritance of common sense, ethics and integrity, providing a fresh perspective and using language that is easy to understand. I would recommend one of the few to anyone wanting to look at the world with new eyes. It will touch the heart and mind of the civilian, service member, child, parent, spouse, teacher, student, friend, and faithful and faithless alike. - Anita Vandermolen, public affairs journalist, army national guard.
I consider it a privilege as a pastor, missionary, Vietnam vet and a former infantry officer to commend this book for the way in which Jason skillfully paralles military service with discipleship principles, this will resonate with all who have served and is certainly in keeping with the many biblical references to the struggle believers must endure to achieve victory in Christ. I was surprised however by the unique way in which the author so engagingly covered important topics for believers, especially graphy. Jason reflects on the obstacles to appecting Christianity and ably reveals the heartbeat of the book – how Christ provides the only sufficient worldview. This book presents apologetics in a winsome and inviting manner. Read it together, and allow the spirit to bring you closer to god and encourage you to strengthen others in the faith. - Bill Vermillion, one mission society.
Drawing from the depths of his own experience, knowledge of others, and wisdom of god's word, Jason B. Ladd has written a survival guide for today's christian. Of the estimated 50 books I have read in the past year, there is none that parallels the learnings I received from one of the few. Using an extensive scope of credible resources, Jason paints a broad stroke, covering the foundations of living a Christ-filled life at any age. He writes with deep conviction on why the world needs god and how to be part of the remnant that seeks honor god and serve his kingdom with spiritual boldness and integrity. - Jane Anderson, insite skill, chief communications officer.
Synopsis: A marine fighter pilot embarks on the greatest mission of all: pursuit of truth.
Jason B. Ladd realizes that while he is 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 Christianity 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.
Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. I like reading about Jason and his wife, Karry. I was sad to read that his wife was hit with something in the eye I was glad the doctors saved her eyesight. It was nice that Jason and his wife have been together since they was younger you do not hear much of that these days. I got this book in hardback. I also take pictures of every book I get and share them to my Instagram that l made to share pictures of my books too it is called donnareviewsbooks and l put my link to my book reviewing blog on there so people can read my reviews. I have been reviewing books a year now it is the best thing I get to share my views on my favorite things books. If my reviews help other people read the great books I have read, I listen to magic when l am reading books and writing up my reviews. I can not put in to words how great this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. It did not take me long to finish this book. I was hooked after reading the first page. I love the quotes in this book. I normally do not read books about god but l am enjoyed this book. I have christian's in my family. I wish this book did not finish because it is amazing I was sad to finish reading this book. I love reading about the military and christian's. Jason sounds like a great guy. I wish l could rate this book more then 5 stars because it is worth more then the 5 stars l rated it. I reviewed this book on amazon UK and us, goodreads and on my blog. I found this book a great read l am glad this book is on my bookshelf and this book is a must read. I was sad to read about the loss of Jason and Karry's baby son Boone Shepherd Ladd I would like to say to the author and his wife that l am sorry for your loss.
About The Author: Jason B. Ladd is an author, marine, and Iraq war veteran. He has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F,A-18 and the F-16. He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of five children.
About The Book: I really love this book cover and the colours. I like that the font is white because it makes it stand out more.
Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars