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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Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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