There are so many brave souls you never read about in the history books. I enjoy a lot of the stories Dirk DeKlein post on his blog History of Sorts. Dirk is a Dutch man living in Ireland and he is passionate about music, movies, and history. His posts primarily concern the WWII era, but often include music, movies, and the occasional serial killer.
This story is about a young Christian couple engaged to be married, who join the Dutch resistance and help fight the Nazis. Both are eventually captured. While Diet finally gains her freedom and moves to the U.S., her fiance died in Dachau Concentration Camp. Diet also had a brother die in a Japanese prison camp.
Diet Eman eventually wrote her memoir with help from Dr. Jame Schaap. titled Things We Couldn’t Say. It is a dramatic account of Christian resistance in Holland during WWII. It has been added to my “Must Read” list and I just had to mention it here. Click the link below to read Dirk’s entire post.
Only the good die young, all the evil seem to live forever is a line from an Iron Maiden song, and there have been times where I thought this to be true, because I saw so many evil people living a long and prosperous lives. But thankfully ever now and then that theory is proven […]
A Collection of True-Life Stories That Will Change Your life
Thank God I Failed by Des is a moving, often poignant collection of stories about actual events in her life; events that many of us would not have the courage to share.
From the sometimes painful memories of early childhood through bad relationships, depression, and addiction to forgiveness, acceptance, and peace, this is a story of real Faith. The kind of Faith that can move mountains or simply change one life for the better.
This author courageously shares with her readers her stories of pain, depression, drugs, alcohol, and toxic relationships. She also shares stories about mental illness and even attempted suicide. Her story is one of sinking to the bottom and then, somehow finding the strength to climb up out of the abyss.
Today, Des lives as a happier, healthier, fulfilled woman, living a life about which she previously could only dream. While life may never be perfect, she now lives a life that is truly at peace with who she is and her place in this world.
It was her constantly growing Faith that gave Des the strength to change the course of her life. That same belief provides her with the courage to share her story with her readers in the hope that they too, can transform their lives. The stories contained in this book will touch readers, heart and soul, and they are a real example of the wondrous change true Faith can achieve.
When I read this author’s compelling book, I was struck by the brutal honesty and sincere feelings of pain, despair, hope and compassion in her stories … as well as the valuable life-lessons to be found within them. Des’ story is an amazing tale of redemption, forgiveness, and change driven by a deep belief in a loving God.
I believe this is this author’s first book and therefore it may not be as polished or smooth as something written by a more experienced or professional author. But it is that fact, that allows the author’s honesty and courage to shine through. Her voice has not been edited out of the narrative and because of that, this is not just another dry self-help book. This is her story as told by her. It is that raw, unfiltered honesty that makes this book unique and special, and therefore, very powerful.
Yes! Faith can indeed move mountains. And therefore, it can also transform a life for the better.
Walk a mile or so in Des’ shoes. Take a look into her life and perhaps you will find the hope within yours. You can check out Des’ moving and inspirational story on Amazon!
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheated, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
I hope you have enjoyed the above conversation. The post claimed that the student in this discussion was Albert Einstein. I do not know if this is true, and it probably isn’t. However, it is still a very interesting argument.
All we have heard about from the liberal-left for years is the intolerance of Christians. Really?
I know not all Christians are perfect. In fact, some fringe churches, such as the Westboro Baptist Church, pervert the Christian faith for their own political gain or for the accumulation of power. But, true Christians should follow the teachings of Jesus; and Jesus taught his followers to love one another. He did not, however, teach that we would always (or even had to) agree with each other.
THOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
Being a cradle-Episcopalian, this was taken from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Doesn’t sound very intolerant to me … if you actually live by these teachings.
We have also always heard how tolerant these enlightened liberals are supposed to be. Why then, is it that, if a Christian states his or her belief, he or she is viciously attacked by liberals? Freedom of speech is not only guaranteed to the LGBT community. It is for everyone. Dan Cathy did not speak disparagingly of gas, lesbians, bisexuals, or transgenders. He has never refused them employment or service in his restaurants. Several Chic-Fil-A employes have come forward and testified that there is not a better fast food employer to work for … no matter your race, religion, creed, or sexual preference. They also serve good food. So, what exactly was done to deserve this vicious attack? Dan Cathy only stated his personal beliefs … beliefs he has every right to hold in this country; and that statement was given in the privacy of a Baptist gathering. I heard no hate spew forth from his lips!
I am a conservative. I have gay friends. I don’t discriminate against them … or hate them. I don’t attack them. I try to understand their issues and the need for legal status in the community. Acceptance, insurance issues, estate planning, hospital visitation … these are real concerns. If I, as a conservative, can be open to calm discussion and be willing to take an introspective look at my personal beliefs, and try to understand the needs of other members of my community … you would think the “tolerant” liberal left would be able to do that as well! It seems, however, that is not the case. These liberals yell, “Stop the hate!” Most of the hate I see is coming from them!
In fact, these limousine liberals are the most intolerant people I have ever seen. The attack on Chic-Fil-A really amounts to nothing more than liberal bullying. These oh-so-tolerant limousine liberals are essentially saying that Christians have no right to hold their beliefs, much less speak them in the privacy of their own gatherings. If Christians, or I guess anyone, thinks or speaks anything other than the “approved” liberal politically correct soundbites … limousine liberals will attack with all the viciousness and hate they can muster.
Anyone who eats Sh*t-Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4 Christ.
This came after she told the restaurant chain to suck a particular appendage she doesn’t have. Shortly after her enlighten get-cancer tweet, Rosanne Barr proceeded to double down (as these oh-so-enlightened liberals often seem to do), tweeting:
Off to grab a Sh*t Fil-A sandwich on my way to worshipping Christ, supporting AIPAC, and war in Iran.
The tolerance of this enlightened, shining example of liberal exceptionalism is quite an extraordinary thing to behold!
Jon Stewart, the host of “The Daily Show”, went on a profanity laced rant against Chick-Fil-A during a taping of his cable television program. Click here to watch the video.
Open your eyes owner of Chick-Fil-A … you’re being such an a**hole, not even Boston will tolerate you.
Raham Emanual says:
Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values!
Somehow I am not surprised that Christian values are not “Chicago” values. Almost sounds a bit Hitler-esque to me! Maybe that is why Emanuel has no problem alienating any Christians that happen to live there. How long before Mayor Rahm rounds up the Christians and sends them to “re-education camps” … I wonder?
Apparently, Louis Farrakahn’s values are more in line with Emanuel’s thinking. Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed an army of men from the Nation of Islam … dispatched to the streets by Farrakhan to “stop the violence” in Chicago neighborhoods. Does anybody besides me see the irony here? You would think the LGBT community would be more afraid of Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam army than Chick-Fil-A …. given the Islamic position on homosexuality. It is something akin to kill them all. Remember Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” That was right after they executed two gay men ….
I understand GLAAD is telling same-sex couples to go to Chic-Fil-A locations today and take pictures of public displays of affection and post them on FaceBook. I guess we can only hope it is just “kissing” … or, this could get pretty ugly. I really don’t want to see gross displays of heterosexual affection while I am eating my lunch either!
Given the sheer ignorance of intolerant Christians, how could any ignorant, hateful, racist, bitter conservative write an article that could possible compete with the enlightened literary examples illustrated above. Somehow, despite the obvious handicap; Cal Thomas (Townhall.com) wrote an excellent article about the current Chic-Fil-A uproar and he really hits the nail squarely on the head. I have included his piece in its entirety in this post:
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot water with the LGBT community because he committed the cardinal sin in an age of political correctness: Thou must not speak ill of anything gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders wish to do.
In an interview with the Baptist Press and later on a Christian radio program, Cathy, whose father, the philanthropist Truett Cathy, founded the company, defended marriage between a man and a woman and when asked about the company’s support of traditional marriage said, “Guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.” Cathy believes American society is rotting (and where is evidence to the contrary?) because the country has turned away from God.
That was it. Cathy did not say he would deny someone with a different view than his the right to eat in or work at any of his fast-food restaurants, which would violate the law. He did not say anything hateful about them. He simply expressed a deeply held conviction rooted in his Christian faith.
The reaction tells you everything you need to know about certain liberals who believe every sort of speech, activity and expression should be protected, except the speech, activity and expression of evangelical Christians.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he would try to deny Chick-fil-A’s application for permits to open restaurants in that city. Now that’s discrimination. Menino wants to ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, not for discriminating against customers or employees, but because of its owner’s beliefs, a threat he has since backed away from. Does Boston have “thought police” who might be ordered to investigate whether other business owners already operating in the city hold similar views? I’ll bet there’s someone at Durgin-Park who holds similar views. What about a player for the Boston Red Sox? Better follow them to see if any of them go to church.
Maybe Mayor Menino would like to force business owners in the city to testify before an official panel of grand inquisitors and then deny operating licenses to anyone who believes traditional marriage should be the norm?
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.” Are Chicago values represented by the anti-Semitic firebrand Louis Farrakhan with whom Emanuel is going to partner in hopes of reducing the number of homicides in his city? Are Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic and anti-gay sentiments somehow more palatable, more of value, than Dan Cathy’s support of marriage and family?
The Weekly Standard found a video posted on the Nation of Islam’s website of a Farrakhan speech two months ago in which he blasted President Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage. Farrakhan said Obama is “the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid.” He added, “…sin is sin according to the standard of God” and “the Bible forbids it.”
That goes a lot further than Dan Cathy.
The Jim Henson Company has decided to pull its Creature Shop toys from Chick-fil-A and donate profits already made to GLAAD, the media-monitoring group that promotes the image of LGBT people. I knew Jim Henson when we both worked at the NBC-TV station in Washington in the mid-1960s. While we never discussed politics, I don’t think at the time, at least, he would have wanted his characters, which appeal to everyone, involved in a cultural and political battle.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Senator Rick Santorum, both also former presidential candidates, have called for a show of support for Cathy. They want people to eat at Chick-fil-A restaurants on August 1.
This is more than an economic battle. It is a First Amendment issue. Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution. Dan Cathy has a right to his opinion, so does Farrakhan, so do we all.
The real “war” in this country is not only against the supposed civil right of nontraditional marriage. It is a war against conservative Christians and a denial of the same rights the LGBT community claims for itself. Free speech is an American value. We shouldn’t settle for anything less.
Remember that Jesus stated:
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
I guess we are seeing, in the examples of these enlightened, tolerant liberals, the truth and accuracy of his words.