Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours. – Wallace Bruce
It was with great interest I read “A Warrior’s Faith,” written by Robert Vera, who tells the story of Navy SEAL, Ryan Job.
Ryan was not your typical Navy SEAL. He was physically bigger than most, and put through the ringer from his trainers and teammates. Each rigorous test he encountered and passed was a credit to the true spirit he had deep inside – the desire to succeed and the desire to serve his country. In June of 2005, he completed his Naval Special Warfare Training, and was assigned to SEAL Team 3.
The author, Robert Vera, met Ryan through a mutual friend in June of 2008.
“A Warrior’s Faith” takes readers on the incredible journey of Ryan’s life. A few months before Ryan deployed to Iraq in April of 2006, he met his future wife, Amy. Not only would she become his spouse, but also his key caregiver. Vera’s detailed timeline helps put all the pieces in place, setting up the story to learn how this warrior handled what would forever change him – being shot in the face by enemy sniper fire, leaving him blind.
Ryan was on the same team as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (American Sniper), and it was Chris that risked being shot to stay by Ryan’s side, alerting the team and radioing for help, “Man down!”
In 2006, Vera had started an endurance training company. After meeting and hitting if off with Ryan, the two of them began training together. Though blind, Ryan had many goals in his life, and didn’t let anything get in his way. The two of them trained, and, a little over a year later, Ryan climbed to the summit of Mt. Rainier, with a group that helps veterans fulfill wishes. That wasn’t the only major physical challenge this highly decorated Navy SEAL accomplished. He went on an elk hunt, continued his education and secured a career. And with each step of the way, Ryan was growing in his faith.
Vera points out the irony of Ryan Job’s name – Vera doesn’t believe in coincidences – and compares some of the struggles in Ryan’s life to Job of the Bible. Not only does Vera detail the obvious physical challenges, but also the personal relationships that Ryan struggled with, and ultimately, over came through his faith in Christ.
As a Christian with family members in service to this nation, I really enjoyed reading “A Warrior’s Faith.” It is very inspirational, and it gives us some insight as to what service members go through to train and defend our nation. The book also shows how faith can change and inspire others. This book is a very fast read – I really couldn’t put it down.
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© Lynne Cobb – 2015