An exhilarating story of a young Navy SEAL whose relentless faith transformed his life and inspired everyone who knew his courageous story.
In A Warrior’s Faith, Ryan Job’s close friend, Robert Vera, recounts how the highly decorated Navy SEAL’s unstoppable sense of humor, positive attitude, and fierce determination helped him survive after being shot in the face by an enemy sniper on a roof in Ramadi, Iraq.
Though blinded, the irrepressible Job recovered from his wounds and began facing a new set of obstacles with his characteristic humor and resolve. He married the girl of his dreams, hunted elk, climbed Mt. Rainier, graduated college with honors, influenced countless people around him, and was looking forward to being a father—before his life was tragically cut short by a hospital medical error.
Vera’s raw, often funny, and heartfelt account of his friend’s life offers readers a way to find hope in the middle of life’s raging storms.
“Inspirational and Inspiring!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Rosie
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.
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.
About the Author
Robert is the writer, author and speaker. His first book; A Warrior’s Faith (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins; March 2015), became a #1 Amazon Best Seller and was awarded the 2016 Illumination Award Silver Medal for best memoir. Robert is married with children and lives in Phoenix, Arizona.