3 out of 4 stars
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John Thaddeus is a humble marine veteran who embarks on a journey to fulfill his purpose of being a football kicker for the Raptors after coming back from his service in Afghanistan. Tall, slender, somewhat mysterious but with a welcoming smile, it is hard to tell if this young veteran would have a chance to make the team. Showing much dedication and a remarkable set of skills, he unexpectedly impresses the coaches and gets his fellow potential players of the team on their toes. In The Arrow That Flies By Day, the author, John Servant, paints the picture of the young veteran's journey as he overcomes challenges that he faces, choosing always to focus his energy on his personal, spiritual growth.
What I love in this short, easy-to-read book is that it packs in it a lot of encouragement and inspiration through the life and viewpoint of this young veteran. Obstacle after obstacle, he chooses to view challenges as opportunities to grow instead of letting them deter him from his God-given dream. He is bold in his faith and although he experiences doubt from time to time, he never lets go of his faith. The character's reactions to his problems are written from a realistic point of view, which makes it easy for the reader to take it to heart and willingly apply those same principles in their own life. John Thaddeus can be seen as an example of how we should treat others, even when they are cruel to us, no matter how hard it may be.
The story at some parts, however, seemed a little rushed. The challenges that came with the young veteran's love interest were short-lived and thus seemed somewhat unnecessary to mention, especially considering the point in the book in which the love interest started. The pace of this part of the story seemed fast, sudden, and almost out of the blue. On one hand, it would be understandable that the story of a young man on a journey would involve falling in love, but on the other, a part of it felt unrealistic and inharmonious to the rest of the story.
Overall, the principle of the story is beautifully articulated through this young man's experiences and more importantly, how he responds to them. I therefore rate The Arrow That Flies By Day a solid 3 out of 4 stars. Amazingly well-edited, it is interesting and encouraging as the author captures the reader in the down-to-earth yet bold nature of his main character. Other than some parts feeling rushed and not needed, the climax is gripping and the unexpected plot twist definitely left me surprised and is truly a unique way of encouraging and inspiring readers.
This book would be greatly recommended for readers who need a light, inspirational and encouraging read as a lot of Bible verses are mentioned in a manner that can be applied to the reader's own life. Even for those who are not avid Bible-readers, this book packs a lot of principles and encouragement for any individual who may be going through tribulations.
The Arrow That Flies By Day
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