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

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

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by Jason Ladd
 

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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,

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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.

For fans of Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and Frank Turek, Ladd's remarkable journey shares the transformative power of faith during a time when belief in God is dismissed and religious liberty in the military is attacked.

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The decision to review One of the Few was--in too-common parlance--a 'no brainer'.
There is sometimes a book so compelling, so well-researched, so incisive you have no options but to review it. From the first glimpse, it was clear this was an exceptional achievement, not just in the substance of the book but in the accomplishments of its still-young author.

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BN ID:
2940157047313
Publisher:
Jason Ladd
Publication date:
11/10/2015
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
318
Sales rank:
86,476
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jason B. Ladd is an author, US Marine, and Iraq War veteran. Ladd has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 "Hornet" and the F-16 "Fighting Falcon." He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of seven children.

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One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone leaving for flight school soon, I am always looking for books to help me with my perspective career. While it is pretty easy to find books about Naval Aviation, it is rare to find one about the two most important aspects of my life. These aspects are my faith and my future career. It is truly great to see real examples of how a man of faith handles toughs situation and a tough career. Jason is role model for all young men, especially those pursuing military service or looking to strengthen their relationship with God.
susanwalkergirl 10 months ago
One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd – A book about one man’s journey to answer a call and challenge to be one of the few I was contacted by author Jason B. Ladd, to see if I would be interested in reading his book One of the Few. I’m so grateful for the military and their sacrifice, so I was excited to read about the life of a Marine fighter pilot and how he came to faith in Christ Jesus the Lord. One of the Few, is Jason’s story, not only about his life but also his spiritual journey. How he went from being an unbeliever, to someone who looked into various world religions. Nothing was quite right, nor really answered his questions about the purpose of man. That is until Jason took the time to investigate Christianity more closely. Jason’s spiritual journey is interwoven throughout this book. As a Marine he drew on his experiences in the military and shared interesting spiritual analogies that he saw from his training and work. When talking about drinking, drugs, marriage and sex, Jason talks plainly. He gives a good high level overview on different world religions and contrasts them to Christianity. I appreciated Jason’s seeing the high and holy standards that men and women of God are called to live. It is so worth walking that narrow road for Christ and to live a life without compromise or regrets. Who would I recommend this book to? I think men would especially appreciate it, those who are in or have an interest in the military. Perhaps those who have questions about the Christian faith. Women can gain insight into how men think and struggle in today’s culture with immorality being thrown in their face. I found it interesting to read about Jason’s journey of faith and how he went from being an unbeliever to a Christian. I recommend One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd. Not only will your faith be encouraged, but you may come away bettered equipped to answer questions others may have about Christ and Christianity. I would like to thank Jason B. Ladd and Boone Shepherd, LLC for the opportunity to read One of the Few. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not an autobiography. Although Jason Ladd could write a very interesting one, I am sure. The life of a Marine fighter pilot is full of interesting and powerful stories that people all over the world would like to know. But Ladd has decided to do something else. And this is not a Case for Christ, or some other Lee Strobel book. Though the world needs all the brilliant resources to give intellectual reason for our faith in Jesus, One Of The Few is something else. It's a hybrid. It is a mix of autobiography and faith journey/exploration rolled up into one. For those looking for a pure autobiography or pure faith exploration book, you will be disappointed, but you will also miss out on something powerful. One Of The Few is a testimony, a man's journey from a feeble worldview and understand of life, to a solid faith in Christ and the love of Scripture to guide him. It is a look at what changed a young man, a Marine pilot, into a hero, not only for the United States, but of the Christian faith. Following the story of his life in the military, the trials and triumphs that he experienced, Jason Ladd shares what God has taught him in easy to understand terms. This presentation of the Gospel, how it has transformed him, and why it should transform you is all part of Ladd's calling to strengthen people in their faith. Referencing Matthew 22:14, Ladd invites you to not be one of the many that is called, but be One Of The Few that are chosen. As a Canadian, I know very little about Marine pilots. Top Gun may have given me most of the information I have one these brave military personnel. So when I was asked to review this book, I jumped at the chance to. I would gladly learn more about the life and times of some of the most courageous people out there. I was both shocked and surprised when I actually dove in. One, this wasn't an autobiography. It was a story of a man's journey into faith in God. Two, that this man hasn't stumbling into Jesus and telling us about it. No. This is the story of a man that investigated, searched, and fought to understand the Christian faith, and why it was essential to believe in. There are books about Christian faith, and the reasons why we believe in it, that can overwhelm you with facts, and knowledge, and statistics, and doctrine, and theological ideas. They tend to be an overload of information and quickly dropped by readers. I have done that to a number of books myself, but One Of The Few was not one of them. Would I have had uninterrupted hours to read this, I would be telling you to pick this book up sooner. One of the things that I found particularity clever about One Of The Few was the way each chapter opened. Ladd gives the reader a quote from a well individual and then a portion of Scripture. The two quotes contrast so much that you know what is coming next; a realization of a flawed worldview, and the undeniable truth of the Bible, and Ladd's journey from one to the other. While some may not agree with all of Jason Ladd's theology, there is no denying that he is a well educated man, and he is ready to back up his beliefs with good exegesis and sound logic. What One Of The Few offers is a thoughtful examination of the traditional Christian life, wrapped in the interesting life of a Marine pilot, shared with a heart to see others stand firm in their faith.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
This is a nonfiction about a marine who relates his marine experiences as a pilot to the Christian experience and growth. It amazed me how the similarities were revealed and gave me an insight into the marine life and training I never would have thought of. Mr. Ladd tells about his childhood and moving from base to base. When they move to Japan, he meets the young woman who will later become his wife. It isn't until long after they marry, however, that his wife's aunt informs him he's going to hell if he dies. It's really the first time anyone he'd ever given it much thought--but now he does. I'm not a military-type person, but the author did explain all the terms so unfamiliar. So...even if you are more like me than Mr. Ladd, you'll be able to pick up his points, and he does make some excellent points.
Morgie More than 1 year ago
Jesus Will Meet You Where You Are… Answering the Question About Faith. One of the Few Jason B. Ladd U.S. Marine fighter pilot Jason Ladd shares the compelling story of his life and Christian world-view in this 2016 Indie Book Award Finalist. Part memoir (he is the son of a combat veteran, husband to Karry and father of five, a spiritual seeker), part action adventure story (military dependent living in the California desert, Florida, North Carolina and Japan, Navy Flight School graduate, Iraqi veteran, man on a mission), part textbook on comparing Christian traditions, One of the Few is an highly informative and deeply thoughtful account of one man’s transformative and very personal journey. Jason uses Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Code of Conduct for Members of the United States Armed Forces as a model for just living when faced with the enemy. The Code of Conduct he quickly reminds us is built upon principles which are contained in the Bible. (see Code of the US Fighting Force, Chapter 25 Never Surrender) “If you allow Christ to change you from the inside out, everything becomes new. You will lead better, and you will love better – your spouse, your children, and your brothers and sister both in and out of Christ. You will not be deceived, and you will receive the power to ‘fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.” (I Timothy 1:18-19). “If you seek God, you will find him. If you seek truth, you will not be deceived. If you remain ready to defend your faith, you will fulfill one of God’s commandments, help Christians better understand their own faith, assist with the soul-saving work of God, (and) counter the negative image of Christianity in the media and culture….” Jason B. Ladder. A copy of this book was given to me by the author for review. The words are my own.
christianreader64 More than 1 year ago
“One of the Few – A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview” was sent to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest and not coerced review of it. “One of the Few…” is a Christian non-fiction autobiography, written by Jason B. Ladd. Jason is a husband and daddy first, and also and always a Marine. Thank you for your service to our country. I have a full of military, also…and my brother is a Marine. I understand the pride and applaud Mr. Ladd as a hero. This book had a lot of information that I’m sure many would enjoy…including my brother. It had a lot of military jargon and information that I didn’t understand and that just isn’t what I enjoy reading. It was hard for me to get through. I do believe this book is well-written, and I would recommend it to someone who enjoys non-fiction. But, if you’re like me, and mostly read fiction, maybe not.
DeniseW More than 1 year ago
One of the Few" by Jason B. Ladd is an amazing book about the Christian world view. Jason B. Ladd describes how he comes into the knowledge of Jesus Christ after years of struggling with belief in the Christian faith. In his book, he addresses many of the different world views versus the world view through the lenses of God's holy word. For example, he addresses how the world minimizes alcohol abuse, but the Word of God addresses it more seriously and as Christians, we are to walk as the redeemed in Christ. Jason uses scripture extensively as support of God's perspective verses man's view. I truly enjoyed reading this book that would fall under the genre of apologetics, of which I love dearly! Mr. Ladd writes in a simple way for any individual to understand. He also uses the analogy of being a marine which prepared and equipped him to persevere and walk without fear as he searched for the truth. He clearly shows his passion for those that walk blindly to the truth of Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to more publications by this author. Overall, this book is very well written and should be read by believers, skeptics, and unbelievers alike. The military comparisons will assist you in understanding what our walk with Christ truly resembles. I gave this book 5/5 stars, and I would recommend it to those that are seeking the truth of Christ, our only hope.
Faith4 More than 1 year ago
As a true believer, I am always looking for inspiration for meditation and ways to explain my faith, but it is rare that I find a book that satisfies my needs and that I want to recommend to others. One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd is one of them. Ladd’s book is an excellent aide to someone like himself, who was searching. He came from no faith, suspicious of religion—if not downright disdainful. Lucky for him, his wife is a good Christian woman. She must have been inspired to ask the question that made the author stop in his tracks and think. “What do you think happens when you die?” Jason Ladd is blessed. Not only was he blessed to have a beautiful, faithful follower of Christ as a wife, he personally was blessed to have intelligence and an open mind. Ladd set out like he was on a reconnaissance mission to see (who/what/why) this Jesus Christ. Was this guy, Jesus, friend or foe? Was He for real? One of the Few will encourage the seekers. The author’s personal sharing and insights along his journey to knocking down all his objections to committing himself is encouraging. His approach will especially appeal to men and women who have been in the military. Ladd was on a mission to search and tease out this presumed God, Jesus Christ. He compares military training to becoming a good Christian. If you desire to be the best then train to be the best Christian you can be. Apathy can kill you physically and spiritually. Jason Ladd shows you how to become “One of the Few.”
IoanaN More than 1 year ago
In the beginning, the author mentioned a remark made by one of his friends: "Your life is not that important to grant writing a book about." I read this book, and I agree with what the author said towards the end- every life is important enough to be worth writing abook about. This is all the more true when during the course of that life, the individual realizes their importance as a human created by God, made in His image, for His glory. Jason B. Ladd is a Marine fighter pilot, so this book is packed-full with analogies and metaphors about the resemblance between a Christian's life and a Marine's. Prepare yourself for a lot of Marine talk and many capital letters words. I was unfamiliar with all of these, so it was a new thing I learned. However, at times it got overwhelming and I stopped trying to remember what all the words meant. I just accepted that they were relevant to the book. If you are familiar with the US Marine and other military structures in US, you're good. If you are not, don't give up, there are some good stuff in this book. The book starts from the author's young years as a military kid, back when his family was stationed in Japan. The events of the book (although "events" is a bit much said, because events are not the focus of the book) are not chronological. However, the main idea of the book is Ladd's repentance and acceptance of God and Christianity. It is not (as I was tempted to think) an easy-breezy kind of book, where you learn about a man who decided to just accept God. This is about someone who researched God, who read a lot, inquired a lot, and then accepted that this God of the Christians is the only God. At times the book covers some hard topics, and deep theological issues. Reading this as a Christian should be no problem, but for someone who is not used to such aspects of faith it may be a bit challenging. Worth reading, though. One of the Few is divided into three main parts. The second and third part are the most "practical", if you will. They approach various daily life situations. This is great - it's like showing the basics to a new believer, or showing a non-believer what this Christian living is all about. As someone who's lived both lives, so to say, Ladd is not talking gibberish, he knows what being a Christian entails in the everyday life. It is encouraging to read it as a Christian, and thought-provoking as a seeking person who wants to learn more about God. As I mentioned, this is a well researched book. It is clear he's read and studied a lot, and I liked all the references written down at the end of every chapter, not all added at the end of the book. They are useful for anyone who wants to learn more about a certain topic covered in a chapter. Although at times it may seem difficult to read because of the subject approached, it's something useful. I am glad and grateful I had the chance to read it. I was contacted by the author and offered a free e-book copy to read and review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.
HyzenthlayClover More than 1 year ago
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Jason B. Ladd through publisher Boone Shepherd. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with theFederal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” One of the few teaches us about our Chrisitan lives and the relationship which we have with God. It does this by true-life events and experiences which occurred in Jason’s life and the lives around him. These experiences and events are captured from Jason’s youth and follow through to the days when he served in the marines. Jason uses the true-life experiences to create analogies and example which are related to our walk with God and what the Bible says about it. Sometimes the lessons can be learned from a different angle then what we have learned them previously from other learning types. All of us may not have been through the same experiences as Jason, served in the military, or flew a plane, but we may have similar experiences which have something in common with those areas which he uses to further explain the messages in One of the Few. Jason has made the text understandable enough that the reader does not have to know anything about the military or planes to follow his lead and know what is happening in the situations displayed in his text. Jason also shared about questions he had during his youth, which involved the subject of Christianity. That is one experience I think all of us can feel akin to. We should all march forward, without looking back and serve the Lord our God with all that we are, as we fight for the souls of this world. Let us not grow weary but find the strength in God to continue on each hour and day until we receive our rest in the true home being set up for us in God’s Kingdom. Jason helps us to analyze and reflect on our own lives, behaviors, attitudes, and relationships with God. Much of what he puts out as questions are very thought provoking. I recommend One of the Few.
Epic_Book_Quest More than 1 year ago
Review Via http://epicbookquest.com A Marine fighter pilot shares the story of his search for truth while serving his country. Growing up in a secular family, Jason Ladd was apathetic when it came to the subject of God or religion. With his eye on a career as a Marine fighter pilot, he was able to (somewhat) comfortably avoid the subject altogether -until a simple question sent him on a journey to discover the real truth about life, God, and faith. Yet another question, “How badly do you want this?” -one that stared him down often during his training to become a Marine- became a driving force behind his search for answers. Examining various worldviews on spirituality, Ladd compares their conflicting ideas while confronting the many doubts and questions he faced, such as “Why would a good person like me need Jesus?” And “How can there be a loving God when so many bad things happen in the world?” Throughout the book, Ladd describes the rigorous training process he went through in the Marines, the lessons he learned, and how those lessons parallel the Christian lifestyle. He also tackles some major areas for concern in a Christian’s walk, such as sexual purity, alcohol, and addiction, and why and how they affect our lives and the lives of those around us. In addition, he explores the current stigma of Christian men being “unmanly”, and society’s modern caricature of the Christian. Two quotes at the opening of each chapter show the stark contrast between the Christian and non-Christian worldview, highlighting the importance and implications of our beliefs. Ladd warns about the dangers of spiritual apathy, and stresses the importance of parents involvement in their children’s worldview, while providing Marine-based strategies for overcoming the many challenges to our faith. Part memoir, part Apologetics, part Christian life-strategy reminiscent of the movie War Room, this book offers readers a studious look at why your worldview matters, and the importance of being able to effectively defend and live out your faith. Whether you are an established Christian, or someone who, like the author was, are currently seeking answers to life’s questions yourself, this book has a lot to offer. One Of The Few is an intelligent, inspiring, and entertaining read- I cannot recommend it highly enough! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Jason Ladd is a Marine fighter pilot that didn’t really thing much beyond what his plans were for the moment. But after a simple question, he started thinking about God then researching many religions and thoughts on God. One of the Few is his journey in life and his spiritual journey with God and Christianity. This is an amazing book. There is so much just to Jason and his life. I commend him for being a Marine and thank him for his service. But I also want to thank him for the research and time he put into God and Christianity. Reading about the different things he goes through in life just help to reinforce the words of God. The chapters are short, start with conflicting quotes, then go on to the story. They are quick to read but they involve so much more than just what happened. There is a lot to think about both with what happened to Jason and how you can use it in your own life. I admit that I am not fond of preachy books or people. I was a touch hesitant when I started reading One of the Few because I was afraid that it would be a whole book trying to force me into religion. Yes, I’m one of those people that when I’m force or pushed into something I will fight back until I have made up my own mind. This book is no way preachy and has a lot of research and information in it. If you are looking for a great story, lots of research and information and an objective approach to Christianity you need to read this book. There is a lot of information in it that I will make sure to start using in my own life. I was lucky enough to be given a copy of One of the Few by Jason Ladd in exchange for an honest review.
Mike_Silva More than 1 year ago
Great book filled with much more than just military stories. Ladd shares how his own experiences led him to questions we must all answer in life. An especially great book for dads who are responsible for leading their families. Semper Fi!
perfectlyimperfect More than 1 year ago
This book left me in suspense, left me crying, left me laughing and most of all left me inspired! Anytime I try to tackle a book about religion, I wonder to myself, “Will I make it through the whole thing?” Usually I won’t, but I couldn’t put this book down! As a mother of a son who has wanted to be an aviator and serve his country since he was a little boy, I felt compelled to read this book. As a mother who has struggled with what to believe and what not to believe about God, I was intrigued to read this book. The author, Jason B. Ladd, found the formula to make a book for truth seekers exciting, thoughtful and insightful. He had me from the first page of the epilogue and kept me on my toes throughout the book. I highly recommend this book for those struggling with their faith. I also believe that any college student or future aviators ready to start flight school should read this book. It will be great insight for them.
Ray McClendon More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading good stories about the military (especially aviation stories), you will enjoy this book. I have read and re-read the Prologue and Epilogue three times and am riveted each and every time. Having that one story sitting on my bookshelf is worth the price of the book. But there is a lot in between that is equally engaging. This makes his book a gripping read. If you enjoy reading about the Judeo-Christian story--God, His word, and faith--you will enjoy this book. For a relatively new Christian, Mr. Ladd has graduated from the milk to the meat of the word in an incredibly short time. (But... aren't most fighter pilot types overachievers anyway?). One of the greatest challenges to newercomers to the faith, is learning to "think theologically" about everything in life. Jesus couldn't look at a sparrow without proclaiming how the Father feeds it... or a flower without proclaiming how God adorns the world with it... Mr. Ladd is already following in His steps by thinking theologically (in retrospect) about every phase of his life--his childhood, his military career, and his family. And it makes his book a very insightful and uplifting read. If you enjoy reading about real people who are living--and striving to live--life to the fullest, you will enjoy this book. Mr. Ladd's commitment to his Lord, His family, his country, and his comrades-in-arms, is the stuff real heroes and blockbuster movies are made of, and it makes his book a very engaging and entertaining read. Go ahead and take the plunge. You will gain confidence in the men and women in our military. You will gain appreciation for the surpassing value of marrying a person of faith. You will gain or strengthen your own faith in the process. Jason B. Ladd has not only earned his wings in the U.S. Marines, he is earning his wings in the area of Christian apologetics. I really look forward to hearing more from him. His website is equally informative and edifying. Thank you for your service Mr. Ladd, thank you for your service in His name, and thank you for this book.
Linda Maciulis More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I really had to take some time to reevaluate my Christian beliefs. Great story!!
RaggedyJaney More than 1 year ago
Never before have I read a nonfiction book that held my interest like a reading my best friend's story while learning so much about the military life of a fighter pilot. I was captivated by the second paragraph when Jason Ladd wrote, "For centuries, the great thinkers have labored to understand man's purpose." In that instant I wanted to see how this young man, father to six, husband to Karry, and US Marine found his answer to that question. By the final chapter of the book I was able to peer into his life and get know the real Jason B. Ladd, a spiritual seeker, just like me, but living his unique purpose as a Marine dedicated to protecting America in times of crisis. Before I knew about this book, I was a follower of Jason B. Ladd’s blog. I knew of his strong foundation of faith and of his Christian testimony. As I began to read this book, One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot's Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview, I was repeatedly surprised by his apathetic view of God and Jesus Christ. His question early in the book was, “How could I operate without God when so many others needed him so desperately?” Jason’s answers weren’t immediate and that’s what I found so enticing about this book. I know the uncertainty I dealt with in my search for Christ in my twenties. As his story unfolds, Jason Ladd offers views and analogies between his life as a civilian and his life as a Marine. He relates what he learned through his experiences in training for and becoming a Marine fighter pilot to his search for God and discipleship as a growing Christian. I turned page after page absorbing the stories told by Jason about his training maneuvers in flight and on the ground, I now know that pilots can land an aircraft on the bed of a ship, and I got a glimpse of how unnerving that incident would be. As Jason says about his training for flight and training for living his life as a believer, “There is no substitute for experience, and experience requires repetition. Study tactics, fly by the book, and repeat. Read, fly, repeat. Read the Bible, live by the Book, and repeat. Read, live, repeat. Failure to do either can give the enemy the upper hand.” As I read I understood more and more about the strategy of living the life according to God’s standards by learning from the author of this book, the strategies for living as a soldier. The difference between enemies of the soldier in the Marines and the enemy of the Christian is that the soldier’s enemy is physical, but the Christians’ enemy is spiritual. “War is the byproduct of a broken world. It’s impossible to prepare for battle if you are ignorant of the war.” Through his book, Jason implores us to learn all we can about the real war going on between the spiritual enemy, Satan, so we can defend ourselves against spiritual warfare. “Living a holy life in a broken world is difficult. The Bible tells you how to live, but you’re going to forget a lot of what it says. You must continually stay in the Word. Like executing fighter tactics, living a holy life is a perishable skill.” Through the narrative of his life, Jason Ladd shows us how to live a morally vibrant and spiritually fed life and stand firm in your faith even when the world is falling into calamity and moral chaos. “Emerging technologies may change the character of war, but the nature of war remains constant: ugly, violent, and necessary as long as evil remains a reality of the human heart.