Have you ever pondered over the transformative power of literature? How it can shape your perspective and guide your actions? Join us as we embark on a journey with Michael Lake, Donovan Riley, Nick Baucom and Andy Curtis, exploring how influential books have impacted our lives. We delve into the depths of books like The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Words to the Wise, and Man’s Search For Meaning, examining their profound influence on our perceptions and decisions.

Ever thought about the parallels between dystopian literature and the current state of our world? We offer an eye-opening discussion on the eerie similarities between Orwell’s 1984 and today’s society, contemplating government policies and their effects on society’s collective mentality. Beyond that, we discuss the implications of the transhumanist agenda, how movies like Metropolis and Equilibrium throw light on its potential dark future, and the significance of God-given rights versus rights granted by a ruler.

We wrap up the discussion with an exploration of storytelling’s power to convey truths about our world. We analyze the themes of individual power and the erosion of individuality, the power of language, and the manipulation of language to control narratives. We also consider the implications of the transhumanist agenda, connecting the dots between the Bible, folklore monsters, and modern day literature and films. We hope our conversation inspires you to see literature as more than just printed words, but as a powerful tool that can spark change and impart spiritual truths.

Beowulf Man’s Search for Meaning Charlie Brown Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1984 Redux 1984 by George Orwell Terminator (film) The Everlasting Man Heart of Darkness

Donovan Riley is a Lutheran pastor, conference speaker, author, and contributing writer for 1517. He is also a co-host of Banned Books and Warrior Priest podcasts. He is the author of the book, “Crucifying Religion” and “The Withertongue Emails.” He is also a contributing author to “The Sinner/Saint Devotional: 60 Days in the Psalms” and “Theology of the Cross”.

Andy served in the US Army in elite units such as F Company 51st Infantry (Long Range Surveillance) and the 3rd Special Forces Group as Weapons Sergeant. He served two tours in the Global War on Terror, was nominated for the Silver Star and received the Bronze Star with V Device.

Nicholas Baucom Entrepreneur & CEO of Two Marines Moving

Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. He is currently a contractor for the US Department of Energy and is an accomplished Freemason.

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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