Tuesday, April 7, 2015

#REVIEW: A Warrior's Faith by Robert Vera

Title: A Warrior’s Faith
Series: none
Author:  Robert Vera
Published Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: hardcover
Pages: 207
ISBN: 9781400206780
Genre: biography
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: The exhilarating life story of the Navy SEAL whose relentless faith transformed his life and inspired others long after his tragic death. Highly decorated Navy SEAL Ryan Job mastered the grueling SEAL training program not by physical aptitude, but by an unstoppable sense of humor, positive attitude, and fierce determination. In A Warrior's Faith Job's close friend, Robert Vera, recounts how these traits helped Job survive after being shot in the face by an enemy sniper on a roof in Ramadi, Iraq. Though blinded, the irrepressible Job recovered from his wounds and began facing a new set of obstacles with his characteristic humor and resolve. He married the girl of his dreams, graduated college with honors, influenced countless people around him, and was looking forward to being a father--before his life was tragically cut short by a hospital medical error. Vera's stirring account of his friend's life redeems the tragedy by offering a picture for all readers of finding peace and happiness in the middle of life's raging storms. 

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I tend to stay away from true life stories like this that are so modern, simply for the fact that I don’t like seeing the violence of our world, portrayed so starkly. However, despite that, I enjoyed reading about the life of one of our American elite soldiers, Ryan Job, the sacrifice he made in the line of duty, and his tragic, senseless death.
The biography is written by Ryan’s good friend and training partner, Robert Vera. It is done in a no-nonsense way, while at the same time, drawing parallels between Ryan’s life, and the book of Job from the Bible. He shows how, despite losing his sight in the firefight in Iraq, Ryan Job’s faith grows stronger and he faces his new life with humor and strength of character.
You may find the scene of the battle familiar, as it is the same scene in the blockbuster movie, American Sniper, which was adapted for film from the book by the same name, written by Ryan’s fellow SEAL, Chris Kyle.

The book is well-written, though some parts tend to lag a little.

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