In 2005, Ryan Job became a Navy SEAL at the age of 24. It was said that he didn’t look like a typical Navy SEAL, but once you got to know him, he fit the job perfectly. In 2006, Ryan was shot in the head on a rooftop in Ramandi, Iraq; he insisted on walking off the rooftop, after losing a significant amount of blood, so that no one had to carry him and risk being shot themselves. After being sent to several places to recover, Ryan woke up in Bethesda, Maryland, blind. Ryan did not let this unthinkable event alter his perception of living a life of faith and happiness. He chose to rise above his challenges and continue to inspire many individuals until another tragic event took his life away from him in 2009.
A Warriors Faith by Robert Vera is a very powerful book. Before reading it, I didn’t know much about the Navy SEALs. The first part of the book is a lot of military jargon, much of which I didn’t understand. I know that this information is necessary to move the story along, but it seemed to drag a bit. Once the background was laid out, Ryan Job’s story began to unfold at rapid speed. After he was wounded, Ryan turned his life into a meaningful poem. He chose to continue living, instead of dwelling in the past. Not only did he continue to stay fit, he climbed one of the largest mountains in the country, Mount Rainier. A mountain that many people who can see can’t even accomplish climbing.
Robert Vera, the author of A Warriors Faith, met Ryan Job, by chance, through a friend in Arizona. Robert Vera does not believe in coincidences. He stresses throughout the entire novel that every event in everyone’s life happens because God wants it to happen. We meet people, have conversations, and read books because we are meant to do these things, because God wants us to do those things. The book begins:
For the record, I don’t believe in coincidences. There is a plan for each of us, a force that brings us together, then twists and binds us into a single length of rope attached to our shared destiny. You were meant to read these words. This story is for you and is now part of your plan. Pg. 5
Robert Vera directly compares Ryan Job to Job in the bible. Throughout the entire biography the author directly relates Job and Ryan Job to living the same sort of life: being tested by God because God knows that they can handle it. The similarities between the Jobs are uncanny.
A Warriors Faith is an incredible story. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to learn about Ryan Job and many other Navy SEALs who have served our country. Chris Kyle, the author of American Sniper is also referred to in this book. Chris Kyle was good friends with Ryan Job. He was on the roof with Ryan when he was shot in 2006. Ryan Job inspired so many people and his legacy will continue to inspire so many more.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.