Civility is in decline in America. Fear and certitude are paralyzing our country. With Congress in gridlock, more Americans are leaning toward authoritarian political figures and the courts for answers to unaddressed legislative questions. Social media seems like an endless landscape of echo chambers and battle bunkers, contributing to dehumanization in our culture and polarization in our politics. Many over-engage, while many more don’t engage at all. The rest wonder, "Will we survive these great challenges?"
Author Jim Brown believes there's a way up. After reading a simple bumper sticker “Don’t believe everything you think,” Brown details how his self-examination opened his eyes to new ways of thinking about "settled matters." He invites readers on a similar journey aboard a beautiful, spacious airplane, well above today’s ground turbulence. Brown has one condition. Each reader must check his political baggage, turn off his smartphone, and gulp, choose a seatmate who is either a political foe, someone who frustrates him to no end, or his sworn enemy.
Each reader and seatmate realize their arrangement isn’t unusual, as they ride with other passengers with very different views. A Muslim and a Jew, a Christian and an atheist, an environmentalist and an unemployed coal miner, a CEO with five houses and a dishwasher making minimum wage, and so on. Above the turbulence, all begin to recognize they have much more in common than not.
The journey starts with Brown’s humbling awakening of how regular service of the homeless changed his life. He recounts inspiring stories of "service in love" that have saved and changed many lives. Passengers see clearly committing to regular service tempers desensitizing social media. They explore how to counter growing certitude and fear, process increasingly negative, one-sided media stories, and participate in the noble cause to protect free speech on and off college campuses. They see ways to work together to enact badly needed bipartisan political reforms to restore functionality in government. They come away with a specific plan to revitalize our national spirit and broken systems.
Sound promising? Check-in is only a click away. When you check out, you may not believe everything you think, either.
|Publisher:||Agape Publishing LLC|
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About the Author
He is the Tennessee State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee's and the nation's leading small-business advocacy association. An advocate for thousands of small businesses, he works with leaders at the state and federal level on general interest issues for entrepreneurs. He was named to NashvillePost.com's "In Charge" list of 400 influential Middle Tennessee leaders from 2011-2016.
He served previously as NFIB's Senior Media Manager, Corporate Communications Director at Gaylord Entertainment, the Business Editor of The City Paper in Nashville, and as an Investment Broker at J.C. Bradford & Co.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in Communication in 1987, Jim served in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Officer on a nuclear cruiser out of Norfolk, Virginia, overseeing four separate divisions.
He is active with causes dedicated to wiping out cancer, including as Chairman-elect of Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee, a cancer support group. He volunteers regularly at Room in the Inn, a support program for Nashville's homeless community. He also served in various roles with Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and Prevent Blindness Tennessee.
Jim enjoys spending time with his family, biking and hiking, travel, reading, and really good food.
Table of Contents
My Life and ‘The Why’
“Don’t Believe Everything You Think.”
Chapter 1: Service Commitment
Recognition: The Call to Serve
Scout or Soldier?
Chapter 2: Spiritual Renewal
The Path to Agape—Loving Your Enemy
Countering Certitude and Fear
The Truth—And Myth—of Separation of Church and State
Cognitive & Positive—Rewiring Our Minds
Mind Over Media
Chapter 3: Scholastic Independence
The Assault on Free Speech
‘Settled’ or Not, Here It Comes
Triggered: The Growing Problem of Safe Spaces, Cultural Appropriation, Victimization and Diversity Statements
Chapter 4: Systemic Government Reforms
Why We Need Government Guardrails
One Bill At a Time—The Single-Subject Requirement
Debt—A Greater Threat Than Any Terrorist
Breaking the Regulatory Tsunami
Term Limits—So You Want to “Drain the Swamp”?
Issues to Keep on Our Radar
About the Author