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Weekend A La Carte (5/26)

As Good As It Gets - Phillip Jensen: “ ‘This is as good as it gets’ the man assured me. I was initially shocked, but then deeply saddened by his statement. It was an astonishing statement—but there was no doubting the sincerity with which he was speaking.” This is a great article.

The Man Who Took on Amazon - Here’s a story of a guy who took on Amazon and managed to win. “Certain business ideas seem doomed to fail. You can walk into a restaurant or retail chain and know instantly that its days are numbered. That’s the gut sense I had when I learned that someone new had bought the Harvard Book Store – a comforting oasis for bibliophiles and casual browsers – just a few blocks from my office in Cambridge.”

The Appalachian Region - Here’s a fascinating photo essay. “Getty Images photographer, Mario Tama, spent time in and around Owsley County, Kentucky documenting the life and times of some of it’s 5,000 residents. The 2010 U.S. Census listed Owsley County as having the lowest median household income in the country outside of Puerto Rico, with 41.5% of residents living below the poverty line.”

The World’s Nicest Prison - “Founded in 1982, Bastoy Prison is located on a lush, 1-square-mile island of pine trees and rocky coasts, with views of the ocean that are postcard-worthy. It feels more like a resort than jail, and prisoners here enjoy freedoms that would be unthinkable elsewhere.”

My Wedding Day - “May 26, 2012. It was supposed to be a momentous occasion–the day I would walk down the aisle in my mother’s lace wedding gown, peonies in hand, best friend at my side, family and friends looking on with joy. It was supposed to be the day I started a new chapter, the day my dreams would be fulfilled. Little did I know, God had other plans.”

Fake Love, Fake War - Russell Moore on the porn and video gaming phenomenon that has overtaken a whole generation of young men.

It is not your hold of Christ that saves, but his hold of you!C.H. Spurgeon