Title: One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview
Genre: Religion/Spirituality/Christian Living
Synopsis: A U.S. 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.
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.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jason B. Ladd. He speaks and writes from the spirit of a man reborn. Welcome to my blog, Jason.
CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?
JBL: A Marine fighter pilot struggles with doubt during a search for truth and a reasonable defense of the Christian faith.
CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this deeply personal book?
JBL: I wanted to combine story with apologetics. That’s why you’ll find some parts contain personal stories and other parts seem more academic.
CH: Did this book come to you as a whole concept in your quest for spiritual truth?
JBL: The concept did evolve a bit. It started out as simply recording my story and turned into something that I wanted to make more engaging for the reader. It was about halfway through the “writing project” that I decided to try to make it a book.
CH: Why did you decide to write this book?
JBL: I was reading a lot on atheism and Christianity. Eventually, I believed that Christianity was true. I wanted to record the process and journey for my family to read.
CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?
JBL: The most challenging thing was to maintain focus (and I still failed in some ways). There are so many directions you can go, but my editor was instrumental in excising superfluous language and irrelevant stories. See? There I go again!
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your straight-forward writing?
JBL: One aspect is the platform from which it’s told—the perspective of a Marine fighter pilot. I include lessons I learned from Marine Corps basic training, flight school, and flying in Iraq. There are a lot of parallels made between physical and spiritual warfare.
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?
JBL: Most of the research was done before the book was written. I weaved many of the apologetic topics I found most convincing into the book. Additionally, I was researching a lot on writing and grammar during the whole process!
CH: Marines are a different kind of individual. I know, because I was married to one. So, what made you decide to share your transformative journey of faith with the world?
JBL: I believe everyone has a story worth telling. We can all learn from each other. There’s nothing more special about me than anyone else. But we are all special indeed. That’s the point I want people to realize. We’re more than just “star stuff.” We’re made from God stuff.
CH: Since you are a debut author, when you wrote this book, did you anticipate the vulnerability of putting your life out there?
JBL: Yes, there’s always a scare factor there. But as you know, Marines run to the sound of danger. That being said, it’s not completely a tell-all book. I had to use discretion based on being a father with children who are still young.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?
JBL: The feedback has been very positive. A recent reviewer mentioned that they appreciated that the message was powerful, but not too preachy. I think that’s a good thing.
CH: Are there any books that influenced you while writing this book?
JBL: On the apologetic side, I’m a big fan of Ravi Zacharias, Norman Geisler, and Frank Turek. Also, I like how Malcolm Gladwell finds relationships between things, where others do not. I think that’s a good way to tell an interesting story.
CH: What time period does the book span? Did you leave out any stories that you wanted to include?
JBL: The book lays out some personal anecdotes from when I was as young as ten years old and continues through the present day. Yes, there were more stories I wanted to share, but it wasn’t there right time.
CH: So what’s next for you as an author?
JBL: I have several ideas. I’ve been working on a book about our adventures moving to Alaska. There were some pretty funny moments.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
JBL: Amazon and Audible.com Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2aKH429
Or they can download the Audiobook free on Gumroad at https://gum.co/ootfabk.
CH: Any closing remarks?
JBL: Thank you for the interview!
CH: Thank you so much, Jason B. Ladd, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your writing journey and your book with my audience.
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