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*Read E-pub î The Last Day á I meet Jesus on the day I get home from the war I m on the beach, but I don t know how I got here My mind is as dark as the night I spend the whole night on the beach But when the sun s faint light begins to bend around the Earth, I see him There, coming toward me, out of the light, is a man Behind the man a faint curtain of light rises to the sky out of the ocean He wears the light like a robe, though I see he s dressed like me Jeans and a T shirt, no shoes And that he s older than I am, a lot older, maybe mid thirties He walks right toward me He walks right into my eyes So begins the spellbinding story of Warren Harlan Pease, a young U.S Army sniper freshly returned from the Iraq War to his native New Hampshire What follows is a page turning adventure that is also a powerful meditation on religion and war, love and loss The Last Day answers questions and asks manyArmed with a sniper s rifle and his deeply held faith, Specialist Pease travels across ideological borders and earns an appreciation for his enemy s culture and for what connects us all as human beings War doesn t test your faith in Jesus, Warren comes to realize It tests your faith in yourself Upon returning home, he spends an entire day with Jesus visiting and contemplating his own life with fresh eyes, and a willing heart He examines his relationship to those he loves, and grapples with the pain he has been carrying inside since the death of his mother when he was just a boy.This extraordinary work of compassion and healing grace combines the themes of religion, war and poetry in a way that is wholly original, and unforgettable It will resonate with skeptics and believers, be shared and discussed between friends and among families. James Landis managed to pen a war story that is beautiful and gripping and speaks to any reader who has the good fortune to pick up The Last Day This compelling story begins with the words, I meet Jesus on the day I get home from the war Landis follows the experience of a soldier s last day, his interaction with Jesus and his ability to leave family, friends and his life on earth in peace.I love the fresh look at religion from a regular Joe s eyes and the way Landis weaves in bits and pieces of literature and poetry, specifically a few selections from Emily Dickinson.While Landis character development was a bit abrupt in my opinion I think he did a good job of introducing his readers to a large set of integral characters through only one day of activities.I would whole heartedly recommend this book that, while sad in its subject matter, ends with a bright ring of hope. My favorite quotes Is there anything we want as much as for the dead to be able to see us Pg 29 Words are like a shield sometimes to protect what s under them Maybe that s why I like poetry, where words are weapons and wounds both Pg 55 My father s a vet veterinarian , I say, who hunts I never really got it I d watch him taking care of animals So gentle Then he d go out and shoot them Talk about a contradiction Do you know what I mean My father s the same way, Jesus says Pg 76 77 Words are the imagination made visible, the way that human beings are God mad visible Pg 107 Mr Smith read me and Bethie a poem by Lord Byron called Euthanasia He said it was one of the rare poems about death that wasn t an attempt to seduce a woman by telling her how little time we have on earth Instead, it was an attempt to seduce the reader Not with love With death The poem says, whatever joys I ve had, whatever I ve been on earth, it s better to die and go back to the nothing that I was Pg 125 We weren t there to kill religious people We were there to kill people who use religion to kill people Pg 157 We all come from One The whole world is in the face of one child Any child Pg 188 I like contradictions If we didn t have contradiction, how could we want to kill people and save people at the same time How could God be God Pg 191 My tears light up her hair like diamonds Pg 197 Our children are what we disappear into before we disappear into God Pg 223 The ocean waves breathe against the shore In and out You think they maybe keep the Earth alive and it would suffocate without them Pg 270 I enjoy reading books about our SpecOps forces SEALs and snipers I also enjoy reading books about becoming a better follower of Christ Imagine my surprise, then, when I come across a work of fiction that not only combines these two literary interests of mine, but gives me something that no other book I ve read outside of the bible ever really has For too many years I struggled with what it looks like to live my life with and for Jesus This book did a wonderful job of showing me what it s like to live in a close relationship with himif only for one day The author does a superb job of weaving the events of two timelines together into one cohesive climaxanswering the many questions that arise throughout the book But he reveals them slowly giving the reader plenty of time to ponder what is actually happening.This book came as a surprise to me as I didn t really know what to expect from it And while I do not think that it is for just anyone to enjoy, I wholly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves wondering about it with even the slightest hint of curiosity One warning do not dive into this book expecting any deep theology It s just not there. Everyone seems to be comparing The Last Day to The Shack, but I find that to be apples and oranges The Shack is a story of faith The Last Day is a love story It is not a study of the nature of God Jesus is a character in the story, but the story is not about him It s about Warren Harlan Pease s last day and return home at the end of his tour of duty in Iraq It s about his love for the people in his life, their relationships and interactions with one another It s about his personal relationship with Jesus not Jesus s relationship with the whole world.I found Warren to be a very real character I like him a lot Everyone was likeable, probably because we were seeing them through Warren s eyes They were also very human They are presented with their frailties along with their good points.The Lat Day is a sad book It brought tears to my eyes At the same time, it s a joyful book because it celebrates love and life It has hope woven throughout with love.This was one of my favorite books of 2009.