Book Review: Into the Magic Shop

I'm reading a book called Into the Magic Shop by James Doty. He is a friend of mine, and I had him on the show about a year ago and said, "I haven't had a chance to read your book yet, Jim, but I will." Well, I started reading it, and it is tremendous. Tremendous.

It's a true account of Jim's life. He is a guy whose life was completely out of control at eight years old. His mom was constantly in and out of the hospital and jailed for trying to commit suicide. His father was always missing. He was a drunk. When he would come home, the beatings would getting worse and worse. They were always running from the creditors and moving all the time.

One summer, when he was 12 years old, riding his bike down the street just trying to get lost, he sees a magic shop --- and goes in. Behind the counter was an old lady who taught him life lessons about how to calm himself, how to empower himself.

It's a fantastic story. A true story about a guy who had nothing and no chance of making it, and his transformation into a guy who becomes beyond wealthy, beyond successful --- and loses it all. He forgot the one thing the old lady in the magic shop said that was the most important. He just wanted success, and so he didn't listen to that one thing until he lost it all. Then he corrected it and is now one of the most amazing philanthropists I've ever seen.

Oh, and he's also a brain surgeon. The book includes insight into the fascinating way your brain works. The prologue tells how, as a medical student, they don't teach you about certain things, they don't talk about certain things --- the smells and the sounds you'll experience as a surgeon. They don't talk about the "pop" a head makes when you finally cut through the skull and open it.

In the book, he tells a story about doing surgery on a four-year-old with a horrible tumor at the base of his brain. It was wrapped around the spinal column, and took hours of delicate surgery to remove. At the very end of the surgery, the assisting doctor let down his guard while vacuuming the last remnants of blood before sewing up the child. He got too close to the artery and sucked it into the vacuum. Blood poured everywhere. The patient's vitals flatlined. The anesthesiologist went under the table to start chest compressions, all while Jim tried to keep him alive by finding the artery and closing it. But he couldn't find the artery. Blood was everywhere, and he just couldn't find it.

Then he does the lesson the old woman taught him in the magic shop and closes his eyes to visualize where the artery should be. With his eyes closed, he reaches down and pulls up the artery and saves the kid.

Jim said, "Sometimes you don't need your eyes. Sometimes you know where things are. You know how it's supposed to be. You just need to calm yourself and get yourself out of the situation and into a place to where your senses and the gifts that God gave you actually are really employed."

I believe he's an atheist. He really wants to believe. He just doesn't. I tell him all the time, "You are not an atheist, dude. Listen to you." He talks more about God and how the universe works and everything else. I'm like, "You just got a different name for it. You're talking about God, dude." He's an amazing guy, and the book is Into the Magic Shop.

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Featured Image: James R. Doty, MD, featured on The Glenn Beck Program

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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