Day 23: Literature

This post is part of “30 days of Giving Thanks” To read more within this series, click here.

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I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.

~ C.S. Lewis

A good story allows the reader to step into a different world, to see problems with new clarity and stir the imagination. Have you ever found yourself so absorbed in a story that you lose track of time? Location?

I am thankful for stories, both fiction and non-fiction. I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering (and sometimes re-discovering) great children’s literature with my children.

Some books I have really enjoyed (including children’s lit) in no particular order and definitely not comprehensive:

The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maude Montgomery

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

Mrs Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

The Count of Monte Cristo

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I could go on listing books all day…

I am thankful for books!!

Book Review: One of the Few

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Title: One of the Few

Author: Jason B. Ladd

Release Date: November 10, 2015

“To become a better leader, a better spouse, and a better parent, you must first discover what is true. Then you must learn how to detect what is false. The world is full of lies: all religions are basically the same, Christians are anti-education, humans are just animals, sex is not sacred, and drunkenness is harmless. Your worldview will inform your judgments on these notions and more. Right and wrong exist, and the world, while sometimes grey, still has poles of black and white.”

~ Jason B. Ladd from One of the Few

Coming this November is a groundbreaking book by author Jason B. Ladd regarding the imperative need for parents, leaders and Christians to possess an accurate worldview and a tenacious dedication to Christ. His novel, One of the Few leads the reader through Ladd’s six-year journey toward Christ with the insight and experience of a marine fighter pilot.

Prior to becoming a Christian, Ladd described himself as one who had no opinion on whether or not there was a God. One simple question hit him like a shot in the arm: “What do you think happens when we die?” He couldn’t give a confident answer and it unnerved him. How he could be a good father to his new child if he couldn’t answer such a basic yet important question? That question was the catalyst. He decided to hop off the apathy train and engage in a search for truth.

Ladd expertly parallels the experiences of a marine with the need for Christians to be courageous, vigilant, and dedicated. His book challenges believers and non-believers alike to uncover the truth.

This book possesses three overriding themes:

1) The importance of having God’s view of the world,

2) The gravity of well-chosen words (and questions) to unbelievers

3) The need to shake off spiritual apathy

“The decision to follow Christ came slowly as I studied his Word and read authors with talents for excising unfounded objections.”

~ Jason B. Ladd, One of the Few

Most atheists and agnostics are of the opinion that one can only possess a faith in God if the ears are stopped and the mind is checked at the door. Ladd’s example demonstrates that one can explore contrary sources and still come out believing in God. He did not come to God in a moment of emotional frenzy or due to pressure from his wife. If he had, it would not have been a six-year process. It’s a subtle appeal to be patient with your atheist and agnostic friends.

“Like executing fighter tactics, living a holy life is a perishable skill. To stay current and proficient you’ve got to stay in the books—all sixty-six of them.”

~ Jason B. Ladd, One of the Few

Whether you are a military veteran or a civilian, Ladd’s book will be relatable and relevant.

We are in a spiritual battle and it’s important to be grounded in what we believe. As Ladd demonstrates in his book, the best way to establish and maintain a sound worldview is to diligently seek God and stay in His Word daily.

If you would like to read this insightful book by Jason B. Ladd visit his website at jasonbladd.com. For a limited time, he is giving away free copies of the Kindle format.

One of the Few will be available in the following formats:

Softcover: Amazon.com

Hardcover: Barnes & Noble

e-book: Amazon (Kindle) and Nook

Audiobook: Available through Gumroad

I received no compensation for this article other than a copy of the e-book for my honest review.

Happy Reading!