Guns and Self-Defense: 23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms.

Here’s a little-kept secret: liberals, independents, and conservatives all own firearms. Gun ownership is one of the few issues that crosses all sides of the aisle. In their book, Guns and Self-Defense: 23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms, Robert A. Waters and Sim Waters describe exciting true stories in which a cross-section of Americans used guns to fend off violent assailants.

These are stories the mainstream media rarely reports.

Have you ever heard of Harry and Janet Lodholm? This Lakewood, Washington couple survived a brutal home invasion by a gang that mistook their house for that of a drug dealer they planned to rob. Crashing through the front door, the gang pistol-whipped Harry and slashed Janet with a knife. When the assailants finally realized they had the wrong house, they took what they could find and fled, leaving the bound and tortured victims stunned, bloody, and Harry permanently disabled. In their haste to leave, however, the robbers forgot they’d left their backpack in the house—worse yet, the backpack contained all their cellphones. The group broke into the house once again, this time determined to silence the victims who could identify them and retrieve the evidence that would send them to prison. But the robbers didn’t’ realize that the couple had broken free and retreated to their bedroom where Janet was calling 9-1-1 and Harry had grabbed his handgun. When the gang kicked down the bedroom door, Harry and his 9mm firearm made quick work of the robbers.

The mainstream media never reported this story because it didn’t fit their anti-gun agenda.

Based on police reports, interviews with victims, court documents, media sources, and other public records, this true crime book recounts the courage and resourcefulness of armed citizens who refused to become easy prey.

By the way, for those who fancy identity politics, the would-be victims represent a microcosm of America: liberals, conservatives, independents, whites, blacks, other minorities, male, female, able-bodied, and disabled.

In Guns and Self-Defense, you’ll get the “inside scoop” on two cases in which concealed carry permit holders saved the lives of lawmen.

You’ll read about two cases that went viral—then, since they’re still online, you can view the events as they occurred in real time.

You’ll read about the nurse who stopped a ring of car-jackers, her actions putting an end to a bloody summer in Milwaukee.

And there’s more.

If you’ve never heard about these (and other such cases), that means the national media is not doing its job. Broadcast and print media have a duty to report both sides of the gun issue, mass shootings and self-defense shootings. If they don’t, they portray a skewed version of the reality of gun ownership and use.

The authors are dedicated to writing a series of similar books, in order to publicize the “other side of the story.”

In 1998, true crime author Robert A. Waters published a well-received book entitled, The Best Defense: True Stories of Americans Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm. Guns and Self-Defense is similar, with nearly two dozen brand-new stories of violent encounters stopped only because each would-be victim had access to a firearm.

This book is 45,000 words.

Way of the Gun

Although the new books on gun ownership by Patrick Charles and David Harsanyi both focus on a wide swath of English and U.S. history, the two authors couldn’t approach the subject from more different political perspectives. What’s more, whereas Harsanyi provides lively, detailed explanations, Charles often just makes assertions.

Charles’s approach is encapsulated by this claim: “The history of all laws and jurisprudence suffers from racism and prejudice. This is one of moral consequences of American history in general, and therefore is not limited to the subject matter of gun control.” Armed in America is an advocacy book that mixes interpretations of the Second Amendment with various assertions about gun control policy. For Charles, who has written a previous book on the Second Amendment, the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” really isn’t about letting people have guns for self-defense. Although the Second Amendment speaks of “the right of the people,” he interprets the phrase far more narrowly to mean “militiamen.” He calls it “patently absurd” that the British disarmament of Americans at Lexington and Concord inspired passage of the Second Amendment, but offers no more than an endnote that tells you to read another of his books. In fact, the Founding Fathers hoped to prevent such an attempted disarment from ever happening again.

His policy claims, too, are sloppy and filled with simple mistakes. Charles looks at surveys showing that people use guns defensively a couple million times a year and compares them with other surveys indicating that criminals use guns about 430,000 times—implying firearms are used to stop crime “five times” more frequently than they are used to commit crime. He thinks this means that crime is significantly underreported. But guns aren’t only used to stop criminals with guns. Criminals tend to target what appear to be physically weak victims, and those victims often use guns defensively against assailants who are not themselves carrying firearms.

Charles asserts that states put their citizens at risk when they allow them to carry concealed handguns without sufficient training, and again he provides no evidence to back up this claim. My research in More Guns, Less Crime (1998) finds no relationship between training requirements and rates of permit revocation. For firearms-related violations, permit holders face revocation rates of thousandths or tens of thousandths of 1%. Indeed, the revocation rate for permit holders is about one seventh of the conviction rate for firearm crimes among police.

Law-abiding citizens who obtain concealed handgun permits know that a lot is at stake if they misuse their gun, and often get training even if their states don’t mandate it. In states with so-called “constitutional carry” laws, people are armed in greater numbers now that they don’t have to go to the trouble and cost of obtaining permits. But data from at least two of these, Idaho and Kansas, show that despite switching from mandating training to not doing so, the number of people getting training has risen. Charles certainly wouldn’t have predicted that.

He dismisses as “pure speculation and completely unverifiable” former NRA president Sandra Froman’s 2006 statement that right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime. But he doesn’t know enough about the debate to realize that Froman was merely quoting estimates from empirical research that I did with David Mustard in the Journal of Legal Studies. Charles might not agree with that economic research and dozens of similar peer-reviewed published studies, but to accuse Froman of pure speculation is inaccurate and unfair.

He also attacks Stand Your Ground laws, which let’s people defend themselves without having to retreat as far as possible, but he appears to be unaware of the problems with justifiable homicide data. Very few police departments collect these figures, and passing a law focusing on justifiable homicides likely spurs some departments to begin monitoring these cases more carefully. Charles views an increase in justifiable homicides, where someone justifiably protects themself or another person from death or other significant harm, as a bad thing.

Many mistakes are minor but still irritating. The book erroneously claims that Florida was the first state to adopt a “shall issue” right-to-carry law in 1987, when in fact that there were already eight states with these laws. Indiana had adopted its law 60 years earlier. Charles describes Florida and the next 20 states as adopting the “NRA’s model ‘shall issue’ legislation.” But there is nothing really different between these states’ laws and the eight that were already on the books. For example, Pennsylvania’s was taken directly from Indiana’s.

I need to be upfront regarding Charles’ comments on my own research. “Lott’s scholarship,” he writes, “seems to be motivated by the longstanding belief within the gun-rights community that the government is coming to take their firearms.” He cites two of my books, but I never made that argument and I don’t know where he thinks I made it. The only time I come anywhere close is in my 2016 book, The War on Guns, when I discuss Hillary Clinton’s promise that, if elected, she would pick Supreme Court Justices who would overturn recent decisions lifting handgun bans in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. But my point was to prompt discussion about gun bans and other regulations.

By contrast, David Harsanyi’s First Freedom presents an entertaining history of the so-called Wild West, which wasn’t how it appears in the movies. (Bank robberies were actually rare.) A senior editor at The Federalist, Harsanyi explodes one myth after another about the history of guns. Gun control advocates have gone so far as to claim that “the lack of violence [in the old West] can be attributed to the fact that there was more gun control in the West than there is in modern America.” But cities in the old West didn’t actually ban guns. The “ban” in Dodge City amounted to little more than men “voluntarily” handing over guns in exchange for being able to get drinks. Any other gun regulations were nonexistent. “Not in the wildest recesses of the westerner’s imagination,” he explain, “would he think a person had to ask for permission—or to get a license—from the government to own a firearm.”

The book spends some time on the racist history of gun control, which continues to disproportionately disarm minorities, particularly poor ones who are more likely to be victims of violent crime. The same Democrats who assert that free voter I.D.s are an attempt to suppress black votes have no problem requiring government I.D.s and various fees for blacks to buy guns for protection. In Washington, D.C., it costs $125 for a background check to transfer a gun privately. In New York City, such checks typically cost $175 to $200. The result is that only the affluent can defend themselves. In 2013, when Colorado passed background checks on the private transfer of guns, all but two Democrats in the state House of Representatives voted against a Republican amendment to exempt impoverished individuals from a new tax on private transfers of guns.

In the United States in 2018, outside of California and New York, about 8.6% of adults have a concealed handgun permit. Over a third of permit holders are women, and about 13% are black. But in Los Angeles County, where elected Democrats decide who gets a permit, as of January 2017 there were 226 issued for almost 8 million adults. Only the political elite get them: judges, reserve deputy sheriffs, and a small group of very wealthy, well-connected individuals. As of 2012, Hispanics made up almost half the county, but they only got about 6.5% of the permits. Women got about 7%, and blacks 5%.

Regarding the well-known but widely misunderstood 1939 Supreme Court case United States v. Miller, Harsanyi points out that the case allowed the federal government to regulate sawed-off shotguns only because the military didn’t use such weapons. People were limited to the weapons used by the military. The implication is that the case appeared to confirm that there was a constitutional right for individuals to own guns.

My quibbles with First Freedom involve the author missing some literature that would help make his case. For example, while he discusses one of Joyce Lee Malcolm’s books, he misses her Guns and Violence (2002), which reports how murder rates in England fell after the introduction of guns. More on the impact that regulations have on people’s safety would have been interesting.

Whether unintentionally or not, the two books show something else: the gun debate is far from over. It isn’t the $110 million that Michael Bloomberg spent in 2018 just on races for the House of Representatives. With the U.S. Supreme Court again wading into the debate after granting cert to New York City’s bizarre regulations that limit licensed gun owners for where they can carry guns, we will be hearing the claims from both these sides again.

Gray Man: Camouflage for Crowds, Cities, and Civil Crisis

Sounds like Zed:
“You’ll dress only in attire specially sanctioned by MiB special services. You’ll conform to the identity we give you, eat where we tell you, live where we tell you. From now on you’ll have no identifying marks of any kind. You’ll not stand out in any way. Your entire image is crafted to leave no lasting memory with anyone you encounter. You’re a rumor, recognizable only as deja vu and dismissed just as quickly. You don’t exist; you were never even born. Anonymity is your name. Silence your native tongue. You’re no longer part of the System. You’re above the System. Over it. Beyond it. We’re “them.” We’re “they.” We are the Men in Black.”

 

The Gray Man is the antithesis of individual expression. He hides in the corners of conformity. He only flaunts a quotidian nature. He meanders through the mundane and occupies the ordinary. Individual expression and exceptionalism are his enemies.

The Gray Man is the forgettable face, the ghost guy, the hidden human. Implementing the concepts is more than looking less tactical, less hostile, or less threatening. It is the willful abandonment of anything and everything that defines oneself as different.

Using his unique “S” word conceptual approach featured in Appear to Vanish, camouflage and concealment expert Matthew Dermody discusses the concepts, tactics and mindset necessary to assimilate into any urban environment.

From the safety-conscious international traveler to the SERE contingencies of the deep cover foreign operative, GRAY MAN is the definitive urban concealment resource.

Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution.

While likely to be diminished by the leftists currently infesting academia, Justice Thomas’ tenure on the federal bench should really go down as one that really upheld American liberty and freedom.

When Clarence Thomas joined the Supreme Court in 1991, he found with dismay that it was interpreting a very different Constitution from the one the framers had written―the one that had established a federal government manned by the people’s own elected representatives, charged with protecting citizens’ inborn rights while leaving them free to work out their individual happiness themselves, in their families, communities, and states.

He found that his predecessors on the Court were complicit in the first step of this transformation, when in the 1870s they defanged the Civil War amendments intended to give full citizenship to his fellow black Americans. In the next generation, Woodrow Wilson, dismissing the framers and their work as obsolete, set out to replace laws made by the people’s representatives with rules made by highly educated, modern, supposedly nonpartisan “experts,” an idea Franklin Roosevelt supersized in the New Deal agencies that he acknowledged had no constitutional warrant.

Then, under Chief Justice Earl Warren in the 1950s and 1960s, the Nine set about realizing Wilson’s dream of a Supreme Court sitting as a permanent constitutional convention, conjuring up laws out of smoke and mirrors and justifying them as expressions of the spirit of the age.

But Thomas, who joined the Court after eight years running one of the myriad administrative agencies that the Great Society had piled on top of FDR’s batch, had deep misgivings about the new governmental order. He shared the framers’ vision of free, self-governing citizens forging their own fate. And from his own experience growing up in segregated Savannah, flirting with and rejecting black radicalism at college, and running an agency that supposedly advanced equality, he doubted that unelected experts and justices really did understand the moral arc of the universe better than the people themselves, or that the rules and rulings they issued made lives better rather than worse.

So in the hundreds of opinions he has written in more than a quarter century on the Court―the most important of them explained in these pages in clear, non-lawyerly language―he has questioned the constitutional underpinnings of the new order and tried to restore the limited, self-governing original one, as more legitimate, more just, and more free than the one that grew up in its stead. The Court now seems set to move down the trail he blazed.

A free, self-governing nation needs independent-minded, self-reliant citizens, and Thomas’s biography, vividly recounted here, produced just the kind of character that the founders assumed would always mark Americans. America’s future depends on the power of its culture and institutions to form ever more citizens of this stamp.

The Demons In Democracy. 

With demons – and democrats – you get demoncrap!

The book is about how liberal democracy tends to develop the qualities that were characteristic of communism: pervasive politicization, ideological zeal, aggressive social engineering, vulgarity, a belief in inevitability of progress, destruction of family, the omnipresent rule of ideological correctness, severe restriction of intellectual inquiry, etc. All of these I remember from my young days in communism, and all these I have been observing, with a growing sense of alarm, in today’s liberal democracy.

In the heyday of the communist rule it was customary that the communist students disrupted the lectures of old ‘bourgeois’ professors, accusing them of having reactionary views, of trying to corrupt the young minds with idealist philosophy, and of being at the service of imperialist forces.

Climate Change Delusion and the Great Electricity Rip-Off. 

How did one of the world’s largest exporters of coal, gas and uranium end up with unreliable and expensive energy?

Massive subsidies for renewable energy, gaming of the electricity market and government mandates have closed coal-fired generators that previously provided cheap reliable electricity.

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther objected to indulgences. Today indulgences are sought as subsidies from consumers for renewable energy generators in the name of the environmental religion.

It has never been shown that human emissions of carbon dioxide drive global warming and the recent massive increases in emissions produced no warming.

This book shows that renewable energy creates more environmental damage than coal-fired electricity generation and much of the generously funded climate “science” is underpinned by fraud.

However, there is a simple solution to the suicidal energy policy which was created by pandering to green hysteria that forced upon us an unjustifiable commitment to renewable energy.

 

 

Class Dismissed: Why College Isn’t the Answer

Today, a college degree is not necessary to achieve the American Dream and live a fiscally successful life.

You’re just about to graduate high school. Your parents, your friends, your teachers, and society all tell you that the next step is college, that without higher education, you won’t be able to get a quality job, you’ll struggle to pay your bills, and you’ll fail.

They’re wrong.

Sure, for many, college can be the perfect launching pad. The societal aspect of school can be transformative, and the exposure to different people, different thoughts, and different ideas is crucial.

But for millions of young Americans, college is not the answer. What about the teenager for whom sitting in a classroom is unfulfilling and frustrating? What about the kid with a skillset that can’t be nurtured on campus?

In Class Dismissed: Why College Isn’t the Answer, Nick Adams explains how you can achieve the American Dream without receiving a traditional education. An essential tool for parents and grandparents, this book discusses how families can recognize whether their child will get more from a trade school or a mentorship than they will from four years of study.

In a warm, engaging, and often humorous fashion, Adams will inspire individuals who want to march into their professional life with a sense of empowerment that can only be attained by recognizing and doing what’s right for you.

John Taffin’s books back in print on Amazon.

Single Action Sixguns

170 Years of the Guns that Tamed the West and Made All Men Equal!

The Peacemaker. The Ol’ Thumb-Buster. The Hawg Laig.

No firearm in the world is more immediately recognizable than the 1873 Colt Single Action Army Revolver. Yet Colt’s famed six-shooter was only one of hundreds of models of single action revolvers that fought wars, tamed a wild continent and bought the long arm of the law to a new world. Single Action Six Guns is packed with fascinating facts about all makes and models: Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Ruger, Freedom Arms, John Linebaugh, United States Fire Arms, and many more…


Big Bore Handguns

From his beloved Colt Single Action to Freedom Arms and Taurus pistols, acclaimed expert John Taffin is armed with the facts about all the biggest six-guns around.

In this must-have guide, he discusses the ins and outs of shooting, hunting and competing with high caliber handguns. An Idaho resident, Taffin is one of the nation’s premiere authorities on powerful firearms.

Featuring hundreds of photos and honest reviews of handguns from makers including Colt, Smith & Wesson, Dan Wesson, Ruger, Freedom Arms and Taurus, Big Bore Handguns also covers customizing, accessories, reloading, hunting and cowboy activities. Guns included in this book are single-shot pistols, revolvers and semi-automatics.


Big Bore Sixguns

Follow the development of the big bores from model to model in this fascinating study. More than 300 photos provide fine details about the pioneering sixguns, as recognized firearms authority John Taffin relates the influence these guns have had on each other and the field of competitive shooting.

When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake. 

In a civilized society, violence is rarely the answer. But when it is-it’s the only answer. 

The sound of breaking glass downstairs in the middle of the night.

The words, “Move and you die.”

The hands on your child, or the knife to your throat.

In this essential book, self-protection expert and former military intelligence officer Tim Larkin changes the way we think about violence in order to save our lives. By deconstructing our assumptions about violence-its morality, its function in modern society, how it actually works-Larkin unlocks the shackles of our own taboos and arms us with what we need to know to prevent, prepare for, and survive the unthinkable event of life-or-death violence. Through a series of harrowing true-life stories, Larkin demonstrates that violence is a tool equally effective in the hands of the “bad guy” or the “good guy”; that the person who acts first, fastest and with the full force of their body is the one who survives; and that each and every one of us is capable of being that person when our lives are at stake.

An indispensable resource, When Violence is the Answer will remain with you long after you’ve finished reading, as the bedrock of your self-protection skills and knowledge.

First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun

For America, the gun is a story of innovation, power, violence, character, and freedom.

From the founding of the nation to the pioneering of the West, from the freeing of the slaves to the urbanization of the twentieth century, our country has had a complex and lasting relationship with firearms. Now, in First Freedom, nationally syndicated columnist and veteran writer David Harsanyi explores the ways in which firearms have helped preserve our religious, economic, and cultural institutions for over two centuries. From Samuel Colt’s early entrepreneurism to the successful firearms technology that helped make the United States a superpower, the gun is inextricably tied to our exceptional rise.

A Christmas Carol is overrated.

“I disagree. It’s a chilling cautionary tale of an admirably sound business man who was overcome by mawkish sentimentality.”

G.K. Chesterton remains the greatest reader of Dickens, and most of the time he defends the Victorian author against the Edwardians for whom Dickens had become passé and unfashionable. But Chesterton suggests that A Christmas Carol proves how separated from the deep religious, artistic, and intellectual traditions of Europe were Victorian England in general and Dickens in particular. Taking up the event the world has wrapped in the largest amount of cultural mythology, Dickens had to invent his own Christmas mythology. He didn’t use shepherds and Wise Men and managers and donkeys and blazing stars. He didn’t use Christian symbols and sacramental references. He used only his own high spirits.

Which isn’t enough. As sentimental art, A Christmas Carol may well be the greatest creation the West has ever produced. But the sentiment and spirit of Christmas are only a spume, a delightful iridescent spray, that plays above the theological reality of the claim that, on Christmas, God entered history.

In the Name of Self-Defense:: What it costs. When it’s worth it

The cell walls seem to close in as he buries his head in his hands. The same thoughts repeat over and over in his fogged mind: It all happened so quick. One second I was getting out of my car, the next he was attacking me. Now I’m being charged with manslaughter! How did this happen? It was self defense . . . wasn’t it?

Prison is filled with people who thought they were defending themselves. Just saying, “It was self defense” isn’t enough. When you claim self defense you are basically confessing to a crime. To keep you from being convicted you must provide evidence your actions remained within certain boundaries and you acted with just cause. That’s assuming you stayed inside legal boundaries and acted within reason. If you didn’t . . .

Now . . . are you sure you know what constitutes actual self defense? If the honest answer is no, then this book is an absolute must-read!

In the Name of Self Defense: What It Costs. When It’s Worth It. will challenge what you think you know about self defense. It’s an in-depth exploration of what is and what is not self-defense. Both in the streets and in the eyes of our judicial system—and where most people go wrong. Using the information contained in this book could mean the difference between you laying in a parking lot, legitimate self-defense or prison!

This book presents information unlike any you’ve seen before, focusing not only on the aftermath of an incident, but on what commonly leads to violence and your actions before, during, and after. Learn about the limitations of real self defense, how to accurately assess a situation and concisely “articulate” the timeline of events to officers and legal professionals in a manner that reduces the chances of a misunderstanding . . . and a subsequent prison sentence.

Whether you want to add to the knowledge you acquired as a beginner in a self-defense class or you’re an instructor looking to further your own knowledge or a professional whose job requirements place you in potentially violent situations with dissatisfied clients or customers . . . it doesn’t matter! In the Name of Self Defense is a must-read for everybody! If you’re lucky, you will never need the information contained within these pages, but if you ever require it what you learn from this volume will be vital.

Author and self-defense expert Marc MacYoung takes you on an entertaining journey through these lesser known (and some never-before-broached) aspects of self defense. MacYoung helps readers understand how to avoid violence, how to use the appropriate amount of force if it happens, and how to present the facts in a way that self defense is clearly understood and judged applicable to that situation. With a witty sense of humor and fifty years experience in a plethora of violent encounters coupled with a montage of experts in his corner, MacYoung delivers a thought-provoking examination of the world of self defense and protecting yourself legally after being forced to protect yourself physically.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful?

Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

Robert Spencer: A Paul Revere of Our Times

Robert Spencer’s new book The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS is a clarion call to Western Civilization. We are under assault by Islam from all sides in a war that has raged since 632, the date of Muhammad’s death. In trying to raise the alarm, Spencer is clearly one of the Paul Reveres of our time. But who is willing to listen?

Spencer’s opening observation sums up his book.

“There is no period since the beginning of Islam that was characterized by peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims . . . There has always been, with virtually no interruption, jihad. Nor is jihad in Islamic theology primarily, or even prominently anything but warfare against non-believers.”

The rest of Spencer’s well researched and thoroughly documented book are the details, fascinating, convincing and frightening details that more that substantiate his case.

Click Here to Kill Everybody

The internet is powerful, but it is not safe. As “smart” devices proliferate the risks will get worse, unless we act now.

From driverless cars to smart thermostats, from autonomous stock-trading systems to drones equipped with their own behavioral algorithms, the internet now has direct effects on the physical world. While this computerized future, often called the Internet of Things, carries enormous potential, best-selling author Bruce Schneier argues that catastrophe awaits in its new vulnerabilities and dangers. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now literally crash your car, pacemaker, and home security system, as well as everyone else’s.

In Click Here to Kill Everybody, Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected era, and lays out common-sense policies that will allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to the consequences of its insecurity. From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things to a recipe for sane government oversight, Schneier’s vision is required reading for anyone invested in human flourishing.

The Ruby: A re-entry survival story

an email from Jim:
I recently read a book called “The Ruby” written by Suzanne Johnson. She and her husband served at the Iris Base in Zimpeto. After two years there they had the made a difficult decision to return England. Suzanne writes about the difficulties of returning … “Re-Entry” into the western world … trying to re-connect with people who had no concept of what they lived through … struggling with all the emotions of loss, grief, misunderstanding, etc. that seems to be a part of the journey.

While it is a book about those who live in a foreign country returning to their home, it also has a lot of application to anyone who has suffered loss. I am suggesting that this book is a good resource of inspiration, understanding and help in all the areas we humans deal with, especially those related to that word that scares us …… CHANGE. It is not a long book but it is packed with some great insights from Papa God.

For many overseas workers, re-entry is the hardest part…

Suzanne Johnson and her family live in an orphanage in Mozambique, serving with Iris Global. They face a difficult decision: to stay or to return to the UK. This is the story of their last months in Africa, followed by a journey across continents: through depression and broken relationships to reconciliation, healing and hope. “The Ruby” is ultimately a testimony of the healing power of God’s love.

Many text books describe “how to” re-enter well, but a story can be more powerful than a manual, touching the heart as well as the head. Suzanne Johnson has written her story in the hope that it will touch the hearts of those struggling with transition. Her experience as a clinical psychologist gives her a unique perspective.

All proceeds will be donated to the Zimpeto Children’s Centre (www.irisminzimpeto.org)

The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left

A former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Kim R. Holmes surveys the state of liberalism in America today and finds that it is becoming its opposite—illiberalism—abandoning the precepts of open-mindedness and respect for individual rights, liberties, and the rule of law upon which the country was founded, and becoming instead an intolerant, rigidly dogmatic ideology that abhors dissent and stifles free speech.

Tracing the new illiberalism historically to the radical Enlightenment, a movement that rejected the classic liberal ideas of the moderate Enlightenment that were prominent in the American Founding, Holmes argues that today’s liberalism has forsaken its American roots, incorporating instead the authoritarian, anti-clerical, and anti-capitalist prejudices of the radical and largely European Left. The result is a closing of the American liberal mind.

Where once freedom of speech and expression were sacrosanct, today liberalism employs speech codes, trigger warnings, boycotts, and shaming rituals to stifle freedom of thought, expression, and action. It is no longer appropriate to call it liberalism at all, but illiberalism—a set of ideas in politics, government, and popular culture that increasingly reflects authoritarian and even anti-democratic values, and which is devising new strategies of exclusiveness to eliminate certain ideas and people from the political process.

Although illiberalism has always been a temptation for American liberals, lurking in the radical fringes of the Left, it is today the dominant ideology of progressive liberal circles. This makes it a new danger not only to the once venerable tradition of liberalism, but to the American nation itself, which needs a viable liberal tradition that pursues social and economic equality while respecting individual liberties.

First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun

For America, the gun is a story of innovation, power, violence, character, and freedom.

From the founding of the nation to the pioneering of the West, from the freeing of the slaves to the urbanization of the twentieth century, our country has had a complex and lasting relationship with firearms. Now, in First Freedom, nationally syndicated columnist and veteran writer David Harsanyi explores the ways in which firearms have helped preserve our religious, economic, and cultural institutions for over two centuries. From Samuel Colt’s early entrepreneurism to the successful firearms technology that helped make the United States a superpower, the gun is inextricably tied to our exceptional rise.

In the vein of popular histories like Salt and Seabiscuit, Harsanyi takes you on a captivating and thrilling ride of Second Amendment history that demonstrates why guns are not only an integral part of America’s past, but also an essential part of its future.

First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun.

For America, the gun is a story of innovation, power, violence, character, and freedom.

From the founding of the nation to the pioneering of the West, from the freeing of the slaves to the urbanization of the twentieth century, our country has had a complex and lasting relationship with firearms. Now, in First Freedom, nationally syndicated columnist and veteran writer David Harsanyi explores the ways in which firearms have helped preserve our religious, economic, and cultural institutions for over two centuries. From Samuel Colt’s early entrepreneurism to the successful firearms technology that helped make the United States a superpower, the gun is inextricably tied to our exceptional rise.

In the vein of popular histories like Salt and Seabiscuit, Harsanyi takes you on a captivating and thrilling ride of Second Amendment history that demonstrates why guns are not only an integral part of America’s past, but also an essential part of its future.