How nearly 5 years of unbelievable pain changed everything you knew about Glenn Beck

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Every person who has truly turned their life around can point to a moment when everything changed. It's a pivot point, a change in perspective. We all have many, but Glenn has been keeping one hidden for the past four and a half years - until tonight. What changed Glenn from a guy talking about politics and news to love and culture? Where did the "new Glenn Beck" come from?

For over four years, Glenn struggled with serious health issues. Stabbing pain in his hands and feet. Seizures. Ongoing issues with his vocal chords and eyesight. For years, the doctors couldn't explain exactly what was wrong or how to fix it. He had to make drastic changes to his life and his work. After a miraculous treatment he now has a clear bill of health, and with it a new perspective on his purpose in life. It's a long story, one he had kept hidden from all but a few of his closest confidants. But tonight, he told the full story to the audience and what has planned for the future.

Around the time of Restoring Honor, Glenn began to experience extreme pain in his extremities, as well as slight paralysis in his vocal chords and issues with his eyes. The doctors thought it was a painful form of neuropathy, but couldn't figure out how to solve the problem.

"My hands, feet, arms and legs feel like someone had just crushed them, or pushed broken glass into my feet," Glenn explained. "While I was at Fox the pain would get so bad that the crew worked out hand signals so they would know when to take the camera off of me."

"I went to doctor after doctor, each with a new finding and leaving me with more questions. I tried different diets, medications, and even moved to a warmer climate," he said. During a TBI test a year and a half ago, the results showed him functioning at a level that was below 10%. Doctors said if nothing changed, he would likely end up in a physical state comparable to Muhammed Ali.

The physical deterioration impacted all areas of his life. At work, Pat and Stu would have to carry on the radio show with no notice if he experienced an attack. In his personal life, Tania would have to help tie his shoes and button his shirt. Flying exacerbated the pain, and after one particularly bad episode Tania and Glenn's friends had to carry him into the hotel

"Out of it all, the worst part is what my wife went through," Glenn said. "It has taught me a ton and made our marriage amazing."

"My pivot point came one night shortly after returning home. We were all in the kitchen as a family and I had an attack. it put me on the ground with my family all around me. I saw their faces and the idea that I would someday not remember them nor would I remember my soon to be born grandchild hit me like I bag of bricks," Glenn said.

He found himself torn between a desire to dedicate what could be his final years of clarity to his family and the fact that the Lord hadn't told him to give up and stop. He always heard a quiet voice saying there was hope, that there could be a cure out there.

That hope became a reality at the Carrick Brain Center in Dallas, TX. After a few visits, the doctors found that Glenn was suffering from an auto immune disorder and adrenal fatigue. But they did more than diagnose the problem, they believed they could fix it. Glenn underwent a series of unconventional and experimental treatments. The tests were brutal and exhausting, but in the end Glenn took another TBI test and tested in 90% percentile.

"I have received a clean bill of health," Glenn said. For the past several years Glenn has been operating with essentially half a brain, but now "it is all back online."

Why does this matter? Why would Glenn reveal this intensely personal experience that his put his family, his friends, and his coworkers through incredible stress?

Many longterm viewers have noticed changes to the production of the show, but even more have noticed changes to the content of the show and to Glenn himself. Reaching out to those with different political viewpoints, bringing soccer balls and food to illegal immigrant children on the border, talking on and on about "culture" and "love" - several people in the audience have objected to some or all of these things over the past year. But these changes are a direct result of Glenn's health scare and his pivot point.

"When people were mad at me for thinking I didn't care anymore, I can't blame them. They expected me to be honest with them. For those who question why I have been saying we need to love one another, they didn't know that when you are faced with a real timeline of life, you begin to measure everything and its worth," Glenn said.

Glenn has come out the other end of this experience with a new perspective, a new message, and a new mission.

In the worst days of his health scare, Glenn looked for people who could replace him if the worst were to happen. Pat and Stu on radio, Dana and Buck Sexton on TV. But the hardest "role" to fill was that of the creative storyteller. Glenn has always been a creative force and a fountain of ideas and stories, and he needed to download those stories to someone who could take them and tell them in new and exciting ways if he couldn't do it.

During Restoring Love, he came across Ben McPherson, an artist and filmmaker who was managing one of the singers at the event. The two hit it off, and Glenn recruited him to come work at Mercury and head up the American Dream Labs. Ben agreed, and behind-the-scenes the two of them have been developing several film and television projects that embody the eternal theme of "love each other", but will be told in new and exciting ways.

"Maybe you didn't even notice, but I have been gone. And I am happy to say, I am back. But with all of this time - what do I spend it on? I have pivoted. I know what my life is about now and it isn't about money, fame, or division. It isn't about politics or a 5pm TV show that continues to highlight problems," Glenn said.

"I want to tell you what it is I need to accomplish in my lifetime," Glenn said. "We need to tell the stories of love and courage where the good guys win."

Over the three nights, Glenn will reveal more about the projects the American Dream Labs have been developing. They range from true history like the battle between Tesla and Edison, to new stories of Santa and "the greatest story ever told."

"What would you do tonight if you knew you wouldn't wake up in the morning?" Glenn asked. He charged the audience to unite on hope and courage, and he promised not to waste a moment of his second chance on life.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.