Review by Hunter_T -- The Arrow That Flies By Day

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Review by Hunter_T -- The Arrow That Flies By Day

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Arrow That Flies By Day" by John Servant.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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John Thaddeus has experienced many challenges up to this point in life: losing the ability to play football, the passing of his parents, getting wounded in combat, and returning to life in the States again. Now he wants to play football professionally as a kicker, to add to the list. However, he does not have any college experience like the rest of the players trying out. This prevents him from having much of a chance until the team’s kicker gets injured, and they are desperate for a replacement.

John is able to overcome so much with the help of Sister Francis. She met John years ago and became as a mother to him. She was also his principal during high school, as well as a nun. Sister had faced many challenges including being diagnosed with leukemia. Because God healed her, she lives her life to help as many people as possible. John is always sharing his life with Sister because she has experienced many similar challenges. She gave him a rosary that he took with him in the Marines. It became very dear to him and strengthened his faith in God. As the author describes John, “He was a Marine who had faith, and that would be an unbeatable combination.” Sister helps guide John as he aspires to be an NFL kicker.

Through Sister’s influence and guidance, John is able to help others on the team and in the community. While he is doing many positive things, there is still opposition because of his faith. John finds a way to keep serving others even when they are opposed to his way of life. He later runs into an old friend from high school, Susan. They fall in love, but he is afraid of sharing certain details of his life with her. Through all the relationships and challenges faced, John finds that kicking is only a small fragment of his life’s purpose.

There are several things I liked about The Arrow That Flies by Day by John Servant. For one, it was edited fairly well. I can count on one hand the times I had to stop to make note of an error. This was a breath of fresh air. It was also short but contained an important life message within its pages. I enjoyed the book as well because it caused me to learn more about the Catholic faith. It involved real-life challenges and didn’t give the reader a typical happy ending, which was nice to see. Lastly, I enjoyed the character of Sister Francis. She was paramount to the entire plot and made such an enormous impact in her service to others.

While there are many things to like about the book, I have one minor critique to add. John only has experience kicking briefly in high school, but he is somehow able to make kicks from 70 yards without a problem. Throughout the history of the NFL, the longest kick ever is 64 yards. I felt this was stretching reality a bit. However, it may just bother me, being the sports fan that I am.

I give this work by Servant 3 out of 4 stars. It was a short read, but I felt like I got a lot out of it. It contains a meaningful message of putting faith in God and living out a true purpose in serving others. I appreciated the editing too, as I mentioned earlier. I only detract a star because of my knowledge of football, and the improbability of some of the kicks John successfully makes in the story.

I recommend this book to most readers. It might be of more interest to those with a Christian/Catholic faith. It falls under the Christian fiction genre but can have numerous real-life applications. Anyone that has faced challenges in life might find this book encouraging. Unless you are completely turned off by religion or elements of faith, I think you should give this book a chance.

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I bet I wouldn't have noticed the improbable kicks. So this must be fiction. I wonder if the author's surname is really "Servant." He seems to be a "servant of the Lord."

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It sounds like a very inspirational story, as well as raising people's faith. I like that the protagonist had a great mentor. Great job on your review!
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I love that you are a football fan and were able to identify the statistical immovability of the story.
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I'm really glad that, for once, we get a story about a nice nun. We hear so many bad things about the Catholic Church... I understand it is important to talk both the good and the bad, but I feel lately we've only been getting bad news. I was raised a Catholic, so maybe that's why. It is very enriching that you truly know football, because I never would've noticed these mistakes. Great review!
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This was a nice review. Having the knowledge about the content really does help when you are setting up to write your review. Sounds like an inspirational read. Good job!
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Miriam Molina wrote: 17 Apr 2021, 06:59 I bet I wouldn't have noticed the improbable kicks. So this must be fiction. I wonder if the author's surname is really "Servant." He seems to be a "servant of the Lord."

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Hmm maybe it’s a coincidence, or that could be the case.

Thanks. I’ve been doing that as well. I was actually feeling like my poor review didn’t get any comments, but I didn’t get any notifications for some reason haha.
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PeterRabitt20 wrote: 17 Apr 2021, 12:03 It sounds like a very inspirational story, as well as raising people's faith. I like that the protagonist had a great mentor. Great job on your review!
Thanks so much for the comment and for taking the time to read my review!
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diana lowery wrote: 17 Apr 2021, 20:05 I love that you are a football fan and were able to identify the statistical immovability of the story.
Thank you for your kind comment!
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Lunastella wrote: 21 Apr 2021, 10:40 I'm really glad that, for once, we get a story about a nice nun. We hear so many bad things about the Catholic Church... I understand it is important to talk both the good and the bad, but I feel lately we've only been getting bad news. I was raised a Catholic, so maybe that's why. It is very enriching that you truly know football, because I never would've noticed these mistakes. Great review!
I agree completely! Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to read my review. I really appreciate it!
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Suzer6440 xyz wrote: 21 Apr 2021, 11:06 This was a nice review. Having the knowledge about the content really does help when you are setting up to write your review. Sounds like an inspirational read. Good job!
Thanks so much!
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I do not like football but this book has possibilities. Thank you for your review.
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Bertha Jackson wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 18:19 I do not like football but this book has possibilities. Thank you for your review.
Thank you Bertha for reading my review and your kind words.
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A very insightful review. The application of your own knowledge to the content of the book is definitely noteworthy.
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Mounce574 wrote: 23 Apr 2021, 09:05 A very insightful review. The application of your own knowledge to the content of the book is definitely noteworthy.
Thanks so much! I’m still learning how much of your own personal knowledge is okay to include.
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