50 shades of grey i'll have what he's having

50 Shades of J


n the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally, actress Meg Ryan gives one of the most memorable performances in the history of the romantic comedy. In an attempt to prove a point, Ryan launches into a climactic re-enactment of the sacred intersection of eros and agape. She does this in the middle of a fancy restaurant, capturing the attention of every diner. Press…

early notification one of the few

Coming in November to an iPad near you

Hello everyone. I just wanted to give you an update on the status of my upcoming book One of the Few.

I also wanted to ask you to sign up for my early notification list. I’ll talk more about why you might want to do that below.


Things are moving, and I’m starting to connect with some amazing people who share my vision: to use the story of one to impact the lives of many. The book is in its final states of editing, and it is beginning to take its final form. That form includes cutting out five entire chapters that didn’t fit the overall feel and theme of the book, and adding two new chapters that do. My editor continues to excise superfluous language that gets in the way of the story’s pace, and it’s wonderful—like cleaning house.

With early notification, you’ll be in the know about when One of the Few goes live. But here’s another reason why I’m asking you to sign up for early notification:

It’s the entryway to becoming a member of the One of the Few Launch Team

I’m offering a future invitation to be part of the One of the Few Launch Team. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to create a successful book launch, this is the place to find out. I’m giving an inside look to the making and publishing of One of the Few and giving team members an opportunity to be a part of that process.

And you’ll be one of the few to read an advance copy of the book in Kindle format.

Finally, some additional news. I’ve confirmed a speaking engagement to be the guest speaker at a USMC Marine Corps Ball Dinner on November 7th in the Los Angeles area. And on the following day (Sunday) I’ll be speaking at three services at Calvary Chapel Montebello. I’m honored and humbled at the opportunity. 

Okay, I’ll tell you one last thing about the launch team:

It’s already assembling, and I’m working with key players to build a successful launch.

If you’d like a future invitation to join the team and help make this book a success just click one of the “Notify Me!” buttons I’ve included in this post. Finally, thank you for being a part of FIGHTER FAITH. I look forward to sharing this experience as we get closer to the launch in November!





test of faith saying goodbye to boone


hen I began this blog, I decided to focus on topics related to leadership, parenthood, and worldview development. My wife and I are currently experiencing our biggest parenting challenge yet. If you’ve ever had to say goodbye to a loved one, you will understand. Somewhat.

I say somewhat because our situation brought us challenges we never thought we’d face, and raised question we didn’t know existed. The decisions we’ve had to make are uncommon, shared by a relative handful of families, each situation having its own nuance and outcome. Over the past month, we became members of a new club fully against our will.

We lost our child.

We were expecting Boone Shepherd Ladd on June 15th. He was our sixth child and could not have had a more excited family waiting for him to arrive. Boone had a condition called Trisomy 18, or Edwards syndrome. It is a difficult diagnosis.

Karry became critically ill with severe preeclampsia, and Boone was born in the early morning of April 16th, 2015. Boone was beautiful, and he spent 58 minutes with us before his spirit went to be with Lord.

From the day we learned of Boone’s condition, I started writing. For myself, for sure, but for others as well. And I think we’ll share it. But not now. Not yet.

As for my faith? It is not shaken.

I’m not asking why. I know why. We live in a broken world, a fallen world. Bad things happen to good people, and people leave us before we are ready.

But I also know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes.

I can’t be like David. I can’t just get up, change my clothes, and eat (2 Samuel, Chapter 12). Maybe my faith just isn’t as strong or complete as his. But eventually I will get up. Eventually, I will change my clothes. And eventually, I will eat.

I will go to Boone, but he will not return to me. That will be hard. But we have been blessed beyond measure, and we are already rich beyond our wildest dreams.

And we are thankful for the blessing of Boone.

the art of work jeff goins


he Art of Work is the latest release from author Jeff Goins. Jeff is no stranger to the writing scene. A successful author, blogger, and model of the new portfolio lifestyle, he has successfully branded himself as the guy who can help you be who you are supposed to be.

And he’s done it again. Press…

broad is the path one of the few

An excerpt from One of the FewClick here to receive updates on the release in November 2015!


f you can manage not to get blown off the ship while navigating the crowded and dangerous flight deck while trying to find your jet, you’ve won half the battle. The landing pattern is different at night and allows for a straight-in approach with the aid of the automated carrier landing system. Similar to a civilian instrument landing system, the equipment provides course and glide slope information to get you to the ball at ¾ of a mile. With the use of coupled autopilot and auto-throttles, the F/A-18 is capable of landing itself on the carrier without pilot input if needed. Press…

strength in sacrifice one of the few

An excerpt from One of the FewClick here to receive updates on the release in November 2015!


he Christian can boldly act in the face of death with an assurance not guaranteed by other worldviews: a promised inheritance of a perfect life hereafter. There is no compelling reason for me to leap from the parapets and charge the enemy foxhole knowing should I perish, I might return as a cockroach or a grub. Karma is a poor motivator for altruism. Neither could I find reason not to abandon my brother and save my own skin if this life is all we get. Posthumous justice for sacrificial heroism has no place in the mind of the Naturalist. Press…

buddhist based training


his is my response to recently proposed Buddhist-based training in the Corps. While Christ is being involuntary separated from the Marines, the Buddha is expanding his sphere of influence in the military’s latest pilot project to address rising numbers of suicides and cases of PTSD. If Christ is retired as the military’s longest ranking spiritual mentor, he will be replaced by a new General, and the Buddha is looking to get his star. Press…

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oday I dropped some big announcements on my preorder campaign for One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview: Press…

An excerpt from One of the Few

I was running out of missiles and we already lost one fighter. We managed to hold back the first wave of enemy aircraft, but air intercept control (AIC) was already calling out more groups. There was no time to mourn for Dash-4; he made a tactical error and paid the price. Marine aviation is not unsafe, but it is unforgiving. We’d have to finish out the vul as a three-ship. Press…

blind faith

An excerpt from One of the Few

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins speaks of a dissatisfaction with atheism in the The Blind Watchmaker resulting from “inadequate explanations for the complexity of life prior to 1859 when Darwin’s Origin of Species was first published.” He states, “Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” But not everyone finds Darwin’s theory of evolution so all-encompassing. Christian apologist and author of What’s So Great About Christianity Dinesh D’Souza suggests that the design evident in both life and the universe is not an illusion, as Dawkins suggests, but the work of a Designer. Press…