When I was asked to review “One of the Few”, I was very confused. Being a girl, I thought that this book would be way over my head because I’m not well emersed in Marine knowledge. However, I was taken by a storm!
The first few chapters talk about Jason’s backstory and go in depth about his life as a young child, traveling with his father who served our country. Overall, from the writing standpoint, I loved the layout and thought that Ladd did a fantastic job creating imagery. I felt like I was living through this book it was so good!
As I mentioned before, I was nervous going into this book because I thought that my lack of Marine knowledge would hinder my understanding of the book but that was, by no means, the case! Ladd did a fantastic job explaining what the terms and assessments meant.
The layout of, “One of the Few”makes it an easy read. After Ladd reflects on one of his past memories, he relates it back to our walk as followers of Christ. The question I have asked myself over and over again is from Chapter 8.
“Do you really believe that?”
Ladd was asked this question by his wife. They had been talking about what would happen when they died. His wife, being a Christian, desperately wanted him to accept the faith and, in response to Ladd’s answer, challenged him and started his fight to find what he really believed in.
I know what I believe. I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior and that He saved me from my sins by dying on the cross for me. The “Do you really believe that?” question is now acting as a defining moment in my life that challenges me to live like I believe that God is my refuge, strength, and only hope.
The biggest takeaway I have from “One of the Few” is how quickly and easily Ladd could relate things of this world and point them back to Christ. I desire that same skill and have been praying that I will see God’s hand in the midsts of the thoughts situations like a “hump” (long hike) in the wrong pair boots (Chapter 5).
I would recommend this book to any person who has military background or who seeks to understand how God uses our lives and experiences to mold and shape us to be more like him.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster