Lisa and I went for a drive the other day. I wasn’t on call, and the morning was sunny, clear, and brimming with hope. We needed to get out of the house, so we loaded our son’s dog Dude into the truck and hit the road.
We drove up Casper Mountain Road, through Beartrap Meadow and over the backside of the mountain. We came to a junction of two roads we’d driven before: we could go straight and up to Muddy Mountain, or turn right and wind through gorgeous countryside and back to Casper the long way around.
The third option was a little two-track road to our left. We had no idea where it went, but we both felt adventurous and we had time, so we turned left.
On the GPS, it looked like this road would eventually lead us back to civilization on the east side of Casper. Twelve miles of muddy, sometimes scary, low-4×4 terrain later, we still weren’t sure. But we came around a bend after going through a beautiful mountainous pass and were stopped in our tracks at the view.
Gosnellby Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer (Regnery Publishing , 2017)
This is among the most disturbing books I’ve ever read
Kermit Gosnell was convicted in 2013 on three counts of homicide- three babies he tried to abort but who were born alive in his clinic in Philadelphia. Gosnell cut the babies’ spinal cords with scissors and kept their feet in jars for mementos. Although he was only convicted of three murders, police found over forty dead babies in storage containers- some of them cardboard boxes, old soda bottles, etc.- and had witness reports of possibly thousands more murdered babies Gosnell killed in his clinic over his 40-plus-year career.
The story is shocking, tragic, and unbelievable. But there’s another story here as well: despite Gosnell’s horrific crimes, his trial was given almost no major media coverage until online bloggers and a few conservative writers basically shamed the major media into doing their jobs.
That’s not an editorial comment, but rather something I learned from passages like this in the book:
Marc Lamont Hill, host of HuffPost Live, readily acknowledged the bias at work. “For what it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights,” he said. “Whether you agree with abortion or not, I do think there’s a direct connection between the media’s failure to cover this and our own political commitments on the left. I think it’s a bad idea, I think it’s dangerous, but I think that’s the way it is.” — from Gosnell
There is a major motion picture coming soon, but the writers are having trouble finding distribution channels for it, another example of the mainstream media’s determination to set the agenda for what we’re allowed to know and discuss. Click here to read more about the Gosnell movie.
Another documentary, 3801 Lancaster: An American Tragedy, details the story very effectively. You can watch it for free below.
Gosnell is a difficult book to read, but it is important to read since it really shines a light on a very controversial subject and helps you see that it is not, as many claim, simply a ‘choice.’ No matter which side of this issue you take, Gosnell will challenge, educate, and shock you. Click on the book cover below to get the book.
If you want a happy future, you have to learn to pick better memories.
In recent weeks I heard different people I care about say all of the following things:
“Why does everything always have to be so hard?”
“I remember that trip. We fought all the way.”
“She feels like her life will never be good again.”
It’s tough out there, in life. We’re all in it together, but sometimes it seems like we’re being singled out to go through some particularly hard things, or a sequential string of very difficult days (or months, or years).
Eventually, after having experienced enough of these difficult events, we can resign ourselves to that being how it “always” is, or “always” will be.
That’s when we bring out the “never” or “can’t” or “always” labels and start sticking them all over our lives, our capabilities, our relationships, our health, or our happiness. I’m personally guilty of this at times, so I’m not singling you out, but I have to tell you that this behavior is very damaging to your neurochemistry, your psyche, and your future happiness.
What you allow yourself to think about is directly tied to how you feel. It’s not the other way around, although you can let it feel that way.
The Bible is the bestselling book, by far, in the history of publishing.
In fact, since the first printing press, no book has outsold the Bible in a year except one. In 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows outsold the Bible, but the Good Book regained its number one slot the next year.
In this conversation, Dr. John Dickson and I discuss the remarkable story of the Bible, its success as a publication and the reasons why everyone- regardless of your beliefs- should read the Bible at least once.
In all of human history, only one story ranks as the greatest news ever.
I had a chance to talk with NYT bestselling author Max Lucado the other day. I invited Max onto the YST podcast because I wanted to hear his answer to a question my friend asked me: “Why do you believe that the only way to heaven is through Jesus?”
I’ve known Max for over ten years. He was my pastor in San Antonio, and has been friends with my wife and her family for many years. I knew Max would have a solid answer to my friend’s question, but I have to admit that he surprised me in this interview.
I expected to talk with Max about his writing career, hear about his most recent book, and then get into my question. But he just can’t help himself from talking about the thing that excites him the most.
Tom Morkes is shaking things up, turning the publishing world and the online marketing world inside out and starting a revolution in entrepreneurship.
On this episode of YST, Tom shares with us the uphill climb of entrepreneurship.
Tom’s story is inspiring, and he will motivate you to join the insurgency, the people who aren’t willing to follow the status quo and accept the way things have always been. Tom will help you decide to start today.
When I was thirty years old, I hit a real wall in my faith. I believed in God, but life was hard. I knew I wasn’t good enough to please God, that I’d made a lot of mistakes, and that I saw all kinds of bad things in the world.
Then a friend told me about Philip Yancey. I read his book, The Jesus I Never Knew and it literally changed my entire life. In Philip, I found a fellow questioner. A writer who didn’t pretend to know the answers, but wasn’t afraid to ask the hard questions.
I’m so excited to introduce you to my spiritual mentor, friend, and fellow pilgrim, Philip Yancey.
If you want a better life, try living a better story.
As I get older, I’m realizing more that life isn’t about things, money, accomplishment, titles, or success. It’s about story.
I recently read Donald Miller’s extraordinary book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It’s a book with a weird subtitle: What I Learned While Editing My Life. I had read Miller’s earlier work and loved it. But to be honest, the subtitle didn’t grab me on this one, and I didn’t bite. I wish I’d read it years ago.
The reason I decided to read it, though, is that I’ve recently started reading a lot about story. Yes, story. See, when you’re trying to become a better writer, you read a lot of books about writing. And one of the things you learn to do is to break down books and dissect the way the writer uses the elements of story to tell his or hers.