My Favorite Books and Documentaries of 2022
Updated: Aug 30
As I look at my list of studies from last year, it's clear to me how much they reflect an ache to better understand what's really going on in the world, and thus, my role in it.
Perhaps you, like me, have grown weary (or numb) hearing about all the corruption, hypocrisy, hubris, malevolence, and greed that seems to be a global malignancy.
It's easy to fall into disbelief, paranoia, apathy, fear, or overwhelm these days.
Yet, those feelings lead to nowhere good, so I keep digging.
I suppose it's not surprisingly then that...
I've probably never been so paradoxically open-minded and highly-skeptical at the same time.
Yet, I feel like after 2022 I can finally take a deep breath and say, "I get it."
I've finally got my head around the "why" and "how" questions that make the news and "conspiracy theories" seem so nonsensical or unbelievable at times.
I'm happy to say that despite all I've learned, I've not lost my hope, humor, joy, or gratitude.
Like the rest of us, I'm not above being duped, but I like to think that fooling me, gaslighting me, or making me afraid, is not nearly as easy as it once was.
In the end, I can say this:
The globalist agenda is clear, and it's in plain sight for anyone willing to look.
It is a multi-generational plan to forge the world into a particular view of what's best.
The fact that such a worldview is depraved and atrocious is why those behind it rely on so much deception.
In the end, they will lose.
My hope is that what is below will not only give you a few missing puzzle pieces, but also give you PLENTY of practical reasons to anchor to hope in the months ahead.
We face a committed enemy in 2023, but we also have truth, numbers, and basic human decency on our side.
Sorting the signals from the noise is no simple task, but it's getting easier for me.
So, without further ado, here are some of the many resources I studied last year in an effort to put together The Sovereignty Project and in the process become a better man, coach, father, husband, and follower of Jesus.
At the end, I'll tell you about some of the exciting things Nina and I are working on for 2023.
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve - G. Edward Griffin
For any serious student of history, I find this book to be a must-read. It took Griffen over seven years to write this tome. It completely reshaped so many historical events I thought I understood. I now realize that if we don't understand monetary history (i.e. banking history) all we are left with is sanitized mainstream "history," carefully curated to not tell us about the levers of power that control (hidden) global money flow, and thus the events we see.
If the masses understood the implications, there would be (as Henry Ford said) a revolution before tomorrow morning. The Federal Reserve established a US-based, diabolically brilliant, perpetual theft and enslavement system of private banking (i.e. currency control), that among other evil things, uses war as a business model. If you think I'm exaggerating, I challenge you to read it and come to a different conclusion.
Becoming Your Own Banker: Unlock the Infinite Banking Concept - Nelson Nash
This book was a refreshingly different take on the idea of banking. It starts with the arresting question of why do we even need banks in the first place. Good question. It then proceeds to lay out the case for removing traditional banking for everything except a basic checking account. Have you ever thought about where banks, bank? It turns out, they have a special place to put their money that has never failed to meet an obligation. If you want to figure out a brilliant way to save your money, borrow your own money, and set your kids up to build lasting wealth, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers - by Chip Heath and Karla Starr
This book was a fascinating read about how to take large abstract numbers and make them highly personal. It gives a lot of great examples of various ways numbers can be scaled to something meaningful that captures a powerful point that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. If you're a communicator and want a way to communicate more powerfully, give this one a read. NOTE: A handful of the author's examples betray a woke tendency in their thinking, and attempt to move some political footballs (climate change and medical dogma) that will, in time, make the book seem more and more dated. Don't let those examples water down some of the communication gems it has to offer you.
The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell us about America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny - by William Strauss and Neil Howe
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Given that it was published in 1997 it has a lot of guesses about the future that you can't help but laugh at today. Yet, I find there is merit to the ideas of how successive generations (20-year blocks in their thinking) demonstrate predictable and repeated cycles. If you're not too hung up on using their framework to predict the future, what you can glean is 1) the reality of historical cycles, 2) sympathy for how each generation feels like the world they grew up in has been lost, and 3) how there is nothing new under the sun. They do have the prediction that sometime this decade there is likely to be a massive turning toward dark times...to their credit, they seem to have gotten that much right.
From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State - Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 - by David T. Beito
This is one of the gems I was quite surprised to unearth in my studies aimed at building The Sovereignty Project. This book tells of the fascinating, instructive, and intentionally-erased history of how humans came together to solve the common challenges they were facing...without the need for government help. While mainstream history is a story written by the victors, this book reads like the history of the rest of us. It was a reassuring look at how much power there is when we unite around the common good. It (along with some others below) has given me much 1) hope about creating a roadmap out of the dystopia of the so-called "great" reset, and 2) a vision for how the local church is perfectly positioned to be a force for good if we understand our power.
Prepping 101: 40 Steps You Can Take to Be Prepared - by Kathy Harrison
The number of books Nina and I went through to face the topic of "prepping" is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed and wonder if one can ever truly be "prepared." There is A LOT to consider when you think about having a plan to overcome outages and shortages. This book was one of the more accessible ones we found. It straddles the line of broad-level preparedness without feeling inaccessible and overwhelming. It helped check some important boxes that would buy us time to think about the long game should there ever be an extended emergency situation.
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World - by Cal Newport
This was a philosophical yet approachable balm in the midst of our Digital Independence module of The Sovereignty Project. Before attempting to dive into disentangling from the clutches of Big Tech, it was helpful to first step back and ask if we really needed XYZ tech in the first place. Newport does an excellent job of helping you think through where your technologies have come to own you and where a different approach can return you to using them as an appropriate service to your life, rather than a beast who sucks up your life force. Highly recommended.
The Ritual Abuse Secrets of the Illuminati - ArchAngel X
Given my background in seminary and my 18 Reasons I Won't Be Getting a Covid "Vaccine," I was asked to give a talk last year for an event titled "Satanism and Conspiracies." I had the impossible task of trying to squeeze the entire topic into 30 minutes. (NOTE: I'll be redoing the talk this year without the time constraint--if you're interested to hear it, join my mailing list--in the footer--and you'll know when I release it.)
After that talk someone suggested I check out this book, thanks Chris. The title is obviously not heartwarming but as a person I respect said, "If we can face it, God can fix it." I don't want to be too afraid to look evil in the face and confront it. So, I decided to read the book, braced for the idea that it might be graphic. Instead, what I found was a book that gave level-headed explanations of my reasonable question "How in the world would that kind of depravity stay hidden?" Yes, there are difficult things to hear about what humans can do to other humans, but if you've found the idea of Satanism or Satanic rituals being too hard to believe could have any level of prevalence, you won't after reading this good. Unexpectedly, this book also made me a better coach by giving me a much bigger framework to more deeply understand trauma and how to heal it. The author writes as a former Illuminati trainer who escaped and lived to tell about it.
Inside the Illuminati: Evidence, Objectives and Methods of Operation - by Mark Dice
This book was one I probably would have dismissed a few years ago. Reading it today was a different story. It was like stepping into a time warp. Mark Dice was on to this centralized globalist agenda way before the covid era was foisted upon us. His book is a neatly organized, and referenced roadmap of the who's who and what's what of the power-hungry, globalist cabal, much of which operates with religious zealotry using organized crime as one of their sacraments. Dice gave context for a lot of what I had discovered since I started looking more deeply into the coordinated, nonsensical farce of the geopolitical clown world we find ourselves in. If you want a primer to put some more puzzle pieces in place, this is an accessible read...and it has examples of people who have claimed to be former Illuminati and later been discovered as frauds.
Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul in These Turbulent Times - by John Eldredge
John Eldredge is an author I'm quite fond of. His book Wild at Heart still shapes who I am and how I see the world today. Resilient is a timely book that starts with acknowledging the collective PTSD we're all suffering from today to varying degrees. He makes the compelling argument that this global trauma has created a fragility in our souls that isn't quite ready for whatever rough waters may be ahead...thus the need to fortify our resilience. From a Christian perspective, Eldredge does a great job of giving us practical ways to anchor to the only person worthy of our hope--God. While his experience living through covid was different than mine (seeing many falling away from the faith vs. my experience of seeing many people return to faith), this book can bring a lot of rest and resilience to your soul. It's worth going through multiple times. John appears to not quite be fully awake to the covid scam yet, but this book is still a treasure.
Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms - by Justin Whitmel Earley
This book ended up making it into our curriculum for the Home and Community module of The Sovereignty Project. I don't think I've read a more down-to-earth and relatable book about the ups and downs of parenting--certainly not from a dad's perspective. Earley does a great job of reminding us parents of the eternal plot of this great adventure, and also demonstrating super practical, healthy family rhythms--or what he calls the "liturgies." This book really lives up to the subtitle.
Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent's Guide to Growing Wise Kids in a Digital Age - Julie Bogart and Barbara Oakley
Two of my kids are now studying logic in their homeschooling journey and I didn't want to be left out. This book can start some fantastic conversations about what we believe, why we believe it, what assumptions we are working with, and so on. It's highly relatable with a ton of practical exercises you can take your kids through. Ironically, I also found it telling that the authors couldn't see some of their own blindspots in reasoning when it came to the covid era. It's another great example that none of us knows everything. We all have blind spots in our thinking. Here's to being fascinated and humble when we find our blind spots!
The Tuttle Twins
These books are outstanding for teaching kids about much of the societal meltdown we are living through today. It's like having an elementary and entertaining set of (PragerU-type) books about communism, inflation, central banking, censorship, free markets, and much more. There is also a free Tuttle Twins cartoon series on the Angel Studios app as well. Our kids love it, as do Nina and I. The cartoons have a great mix of an entertaining ways to explain complex topics, blended with humor that adults can appreciate.
Why Assume There Will Be Another Election: General Butler and the 1934 Bankers' Coup
This (appreciatively short) documentary was (I shouldn't be surprised by now) a part of US history I had never heard about. In 1934, a handful of patriots stood in the gap and exposed a bankers' coup that attempted to take over the US--the same coup that worked in Germany and Italy to kick off WWII. (If you want more context, see the first book on my list by G. Edward Griffin.) My takeaway? History is repeating itself. The good news is, we have beaten this banking cabal before, and we can do it again. We must not be naive...they too have learned the lessons of their failure to overtly take over the US like they did with Hitler and Mussolini. Will they be successful this time? We don't know, but we do know it's time for bravery. It's time for the patriots among us to get in the fight. May we look back when we are older and be proud that we held the line against a committed and ruthless enemy!
A Force More Powerful - A Century of Non-Violent Conflict
This two-part documentary details six different examples in the 20th century where tyrannical rulers were overthrown, not by the sword, but with massively-organized, peaceful non-compliance. This documentary gave me hope that we are not without recourse to wrestle control away from forces who believe it is destiny to rule over us with an iron fist. Like the documentary above, this history isn't in many modern textbooks. If you need some encouragement, and an eye for strategies that worked, check out this series and give your freedom-fighting brain some tools and stories to work with.
JFK to 9/11: Everything is a Rich Man's Trick
If I had not read The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin, I would have had a great deal more skepticism toward this film. Having read the book, I already understood how the same bankers funded both sides of the world wars, how they "buy when there is blood in the streets," how the CIA (and all the other alphabet-soup federal agencies) had been infiltrated for the very purpose of creating a covert, one-world government. Since I had read the Griffen book first, it wasn't then a total stretch to consider the possibility that the CIA whacked Kennedy, or that 9/11 was a psy-op. So, if any of the above is news to you, look a little deeper, and you'll start seeing all the evidence that was right in front of us all along. We've been living in a Kabuki theater for a lot longer than we thought we were--once you understand the history of money (i.e. central banking) what we are living through makes a lot more sense.
YouTube put a warning on the link, but it still works, or at least it did at the time of this post.
I probably would not have made the effort to watch this series if not for the brilliantly snarky lawyer, Jeff Childers mentioning it in his Covid and Coffee blog. Jeff talked about how the mainstream media had been relentlessly bashing the series as total hogwash...with statements like "How is this kind of theory even allowed?" Allowed? As is we're not allowed to entertain theories? Huh...why was the series so wildly popular then?
I watched with interest (see if you can catch the theme here) how the researcher showed places (and ruins) around the globe that I (and most people) have never heard of. Q: Why haven't we heard of them? A: Because they don't fit the mainstream view of history, archeology, geology, and so on. How horrible to think the mainstream might have gotten something wrong and how grateful we should be that they want the series censored so we are protected from "wrong think." I digress...if you enjoy having your thinking stretched, give the series a watch. It's not from a Christian perspective, but it certainly adds more validity to a biblical view of history. Huh...no wonder MSM isn't a fan.
MOVIES...AND A FAVORITE SHOW
This movie falls under the category of "If we can face it, God can fix it." This is a movie about Holodomor--the man-made famine that occurred in Soviet Ukraine under Stalin. It's unnerving to realize that people in power could have done such atrocious things in an effort to force their view of the world onto other people. This movie is simultaneously a film about the human suffering that occurred, and the gross hubris and rationalization that depraved people engage in when they are psychotic. May we not be so naive to think this kind of evil has been eradicated from the planet, or too uncomfortable to face it. May we each do our part to expose evil and bring it into the light so it can be dealt with.
This movie was even harder to watch than Mr. Jones. It's one thing for Stalin and his ilk to sit in opulence and make decisions from afar that starve millions of people to death, it's another thing to see a film that depicts the horrors of sex trafficking. This is not one to watch anywhere near children. This is a film more of us need to see, especially if we live in the fairy tale world where there is no such thing as evil. Humans are not only capable of the most brutal things you can imagine, the problems depicted in this film are probably at an all-time high. We will never defeat this kind of sickness if we can't even face it. Maybe this is your battle to fight. It's not mine (for now anyway), but if you need a reminder that evil is real, and why we must stand up to it, this film will bring you back to reality.
Ah...let's end on a positive note, shall we! This is hands down my favorite show of all time. It's a narratively rich, feast for the eyes, mind, and soul. I have never seen a more authentic portrayal of Jesus. The series' brilliance is in the relatability of the timeless human condition--one does not need to be a Christian to appreciate this bit of filmmaking genius. It makes the scriptures, the richness of Jewish traditions, and the realities of living under an occupying force (Rome) come alive. First-century people were just like us. They had real struggles, real doubts, real needs, real misunderstandings, and many cross-cultural squabbles. If you're looking for some uplifting viewing in our upside-down world, I suspect this show will help you find a lot of hope. (Filming of Season Four kicks off next month.) Highly recommended!
I hope you find the mix of the above to be both sobering, instructive, and hopeful.
Having studied the above, there isn't much about the globalist agenda that surprises me these days.
Their agenda is clear--to put it plainly, we are at war--there are people in power who want to steal our possessions, kill us, take our children, make us eat bugs, and destroy anything the rest of us consider sacred.
That is their aim, and it doesn't lurk in the shadows as much as it used to.
To pretend evil is not real is to deceive ourselves.
May we not be deluded.
May we also not fall into fear.
The more I studied this past year, the more I found rest for my soul.
Yes, the world is chaotic, but my hope is not in governments or laws, and we don't need violence to beat them at their own game.
My hope is in the power of God's people coming together, and doing the work he has called us to do.
I have met (and continue to meet) so many amazing people as a result of stepping out in faith and putting together The Sovereignty Project.
There are A LOT of people doing really great work.
Once you start looking for them, you'll find them everywhere--so speak up.
Good isn't sitting on the sidelines--it just doesn't get much airtime on MSM.
That's ok--MSM doesn't deserve much attention anyway.
If you've felt oversaturated hearing all about the corruption and hypocrisy, or paranoid wondering about what may or may not be a psy-op of the globalists, take heart.
Spend time working on a/the solution(s) you want to see and you'll be amazed how much less stressful, and more hopeful and purposeful each day feels.
This year Nina and I will be building some new programs around both health (physical, mental, and emotional) and sovereignty--including definitive and comprehensive ways local churches can be a bulwark against the despotic, globalist agenda.
If you're interested in any of those topics, join our mailing list and stay tuned for more webinars, podcasts, speaking engagements, coaching programs, and more.
2023 promises to be a wild ride!
Here's to living each day with a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.
Until next time,
PS. If you're part of a church that needs an organizing concept to help push back the globalist agenda, reach out to me at Christian@TrueWholeHuman.com I'd love to be a resource for you.
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