The Last Day: A Novel

The Last Day A Novel 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 be

  • Title: The Last Day: A Novel
  • Author: James Landis
  • ISBN: 9781586421656
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oI 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 many Armed 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 relatio [...]

    4. Overall, I found this book to be very unique and interesting, unlike any book I have ever read before. I was fascinated by the author's intent of drawing out the process of 'meeting Jesus in the air' (1 Thess. 4:17). I found my heart echoing many of Warren's thoughts and regrets as well, making notes of things I should make right before my last day. I did not so much enjoy the parts of this book that reflected on his time in Iraq. They seemed ittered with acronymns that broke up what could have [...]

    5. While I don't think that this is exactly how our life comes to a close, I liked that this book urged me to think out of the box. To think about my relationships, death, war, and what it all means when it is mixed up together. And who can't enjoy a book that portrays Jesus as wearing jeans and driving fast?

    6. A young man at war in Iraq, finds himself on the beach in his hometown and can't remember how he got there. He looks up and there is a man walking toward him named Ray. What follows is a beautifully written story of redemption and grace. Highly recommend having a box of kleenex handy.

    7. The Last Day by James Landis is the truly rare gem of a life-changing book. It's difficult to write a book in which a contemporary character meets Jesus without writing cheesy sentimentality or preachy discourses on faith. Landis' stunningly beautiful novel avoids all of those traps. Warren "War" Pease, a twenty-year-old soldier serving in Iraq meets up with Jesus, who calls himself Ray, on a mysterious visit to his hometown in New Hampshire. War meets up with Bethie, the mother of his daughter, [...]

    8. This book has been (wrongly) compared to Young's "The Shack" in many reviews. If that is what you're expecting, you will not enjoy this book. It is not "The Shack" and does not pretend to be. "The Shack" is politically correct and neatly wrapped up in happy emotions. "The Last Day" is not. "The Last Day" is a glimpse inside of a man's mind when he has experienced love and loss and has attempted to shut out the world. It is not politically correct -- in fact there are many passages that most peop [...]

    9. Many others have done a great job of summarizing this book, so I will simply give my thoughts here. As others have noted, the way the author depicts Jesus is quite different from the picture many of us have of Jesus, and I'm not sure I quite agree with the author's theology. Also, the depictions of violence in Iraq are so graphic they turn my stomach. But would I recommend this book? Absolutely. The characters are believable, there is real character development, the dialogue is quite amazing at [...]

    10. 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 piec [...]

    11. From the write-up here on : "It will resonate with skeptics and believers". That says it all for me. I couldn't even call myself a skeptic, that has a shred of belief to it, but I guess I read this like a science fiction book, not believing what happens in it in any way, but enjoying the writing. And thinking how nice it would be for a person to be able to visit the people he loves as Warren Harlan Pease does.From a review listed on the Hennepin County Library website:"Debut novelist Landis's cr [...]

    12. I only say that this book was ok because there were a few notable paragraphs. I almost never quit a book, but I contemplated quitting this one. (The ONE reason I didn't quit was because I was on vacation and didn't have any other books with me!) The author's grammer was quite poor. (Shouldn't most writers, or high school grads for that matter, know that run-on sentences that end with "of" are gramatically incorrect?) Also, the "plot" skipped around so much that it was hard to keep track of every [...]

    13. You have to have skill and rock-solid story-teling ability to weave a tale about an army sniper who returns from Iraq, and spends a day with Jesus, visiting with friends and family, and contemplating war and faith. Humourous, intelligent and highly entertaining. I wouldn't have thought it possible to write this story without it quickly running off the rails and becoming melodramatic and sentimental, but James Landis pulled it off. A great book.

    14. Yes, I read The Shack (and thought it was so-so), but I'm not sure why this book keeps getting compared to it.I gave this book several more chapters to do "something" (anything!) that would remotely capture my interest. It failed. To me, it came across as somewhat juvenile and condescending. And with characters more caricatured than I like to see-- as well as the dialogue.

    15. Um. wow. this book.I couldn't finish it. I read about 200 pages and it's one of the only books in my life that i couldn't finish. Perhaps someone who is or was in the army would appreciate it.

    16. I'm afraid I didn't like it that much Maybe because it was presented being the new "The Shack", I expected too much. I still need to finish it, but for now I've laid it aside, maybe next time I'll like it more.

    17. They compare this book to the Shack, but I didn't see it. I liked it, but it didn't hit me the same way the Shack did.

    18. This was an odd combination of war story and Christian teaching/ inspiration. I really prefer both of those themes separately. This may work for people who are new believers or seekers.

    19. This is kind of a locavore's version of The Shack. The most interesting part of the book is that all of the street names and landmarks are familiar but the story was not all that good

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