Honoring a Friend’s Example

Honoring a Friend’s Example

Chapter 4 of Among Heroes tells the story of Brandon’s and John Zinn’s friendship, their entrepreneurial struggles, and how it was John’s example that pulled Brandon through the most difficult time of his life — a few years after John’s death in Jordan in 2010.

Quiet Professional

Quiet Professional

Getting to know Matt affected me in two ways: First, it made me realize a dedication to serving that I hadn’t known was in me. He also made me want to up my game.

Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life

Dave was the embodiment of the expression larger than life. Everything he did, he took to a level beyond what anyone else would think possible. He was more hilarious, more outrageous, more audacious. As his mom, Maggie, put it, “Dave lived more in his twenty-nine and a half years than others could live in a hundred.”

A Friend’s Legacy

A Friend’s Legacy

It’s no accident that my next book comes out the day after Memorial Day, because it is a tribute to the memories of eight heroes. But it’s more than that.

The Heroes Behind the Heroes

The Heroes Behind the Heroes

Exactly four weeks from today my next book comes out. Writing it has been one of the most emotional journeys I’ve ever taken.

Upheaval

Upheaval

Some years ago, there was a period in my life when everything was going beautifully. I was busy and active, but never overly stressed. During those days, I felt at the height of my creative powers, like I was growing in every way. And here was the amazing thing: every...
Dream with Legs

Dream with Legs

The Quakers have a wonderful saying: “When you pray, move your feet.” But what do you do if you have no feet?

Behind the Door

Behind the Door

Our backyard is a kaleidoscope of birds. Ana adores them and loves to keep them happily fed throughout the winter. Yesterday, we lost one. I was at my desk, writing, when I caught a split-second flurry of motion out of the corner of my eye, followed by a loud whump!...
Love Trumps Being Right

Love Trumps Being Right

Last week Ana and I had the opportunity to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. If Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, its neighbor to the south is often seen as the city where brother gets along with brother … well, like Cain and Abel. Yet...
Picture This

Picture This

A while back I wrote about the Law of Left Field, which describes how things and events of great value come to you suddenly and from places you never expected. “Out of left field,” as the expression goes. Here is an example of that, and of how powerful it can be when...
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