Academic journal article Military Review

A Warrior's Faith

Academic journal article Military Review

A Warrior's Faith

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A WARRIOR'S FAITH

Robert Vera, Thomas Nelson,

Nashville, Tennessee, 2015, 240 pages

A Warrior's Faith is a biography of the incredible life of Ryan Job. It describes in detail Job's training to become a Navy SEAL and his service in Iraq until the tragic day when he was wounded by an enemy sniper. The book tells of his long road to recovery and, more important, how he faced his challenges. It describes the struggles of this wounded veteran, and how his personal relationships and enduring faith in God inspired many, including author Robert Vera, his close friend.

Vera compares Ryan Job's life to that of the biblical character Job. They both endured great loss and suffering but never allowed themselves to be seen as a victim. In fact, Job's struggle increased his faith and transformed his life in an incredible way. Vera goes into detail to explain how Job affected everyone around him with his spirit to live and his commitment to others. Despite his injuries, which included total blindness, Job climbed Mount Rainer, hunted elk, graduated college with honors, and married the girl of his dreams. A behind-the-scenes message of the book is how Job's life and friendship also transformed Vera's life.

Before Vera met Job, he felt as if his life was drifting. Vera left a successful twenty-year banking career and moved to Arizona. He took a complete leap of faith and decided to start an endurance training company. He wanted to affect people's lives and thought that helping them prepare for triathlons and other personal goals was a good way to start. Job and his wife had moved from San Diego to Arizona because a nonprofit group offered them a free apartment while Job completed his undergraduate degree and his wife attended a nurse anesthesiology program. Coincidentally (or not coincidentally), Vera met Job by way of an old friend from his hometown in Boston. …

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