What does it mean to be free? The birth of the United States came about through the discovery of a fundamental truth-man was created to be free. For more than 200 years, Americans have cherished and celebrated this discovery as humanity's birthright. And for more than 200 years, the meaning of this discovery has stimulated and energized political debate. This should not be surprising-the question regarding the relationship between truth and freedom was pondered long before the first Europeans came to the New World. The Roman governor of a small Middle Eastern country asked, "What is truth?" [John 18:38] of the man who taught his followers that a knowledge of truth would result in their being made free. [John 8:32] It has been my experience that most people reach a point in their lives where the desire to know and understand truth becomes an all-consuming passion. Either we go back to precepts learned in childhood, or we strike out into completely uncharted territory, but we always begin this journey by questioning everything we have ever been taught. Ultimately, through this process of self-examination, we arrive at truth. In 1976, approximately two years before beginning work on the original manuscript, I found myself in a pit of agony-for life to become more desolate seemed unimaginable. Driving home alone late one Sunday night I made a vow-if I survived this ordeal then I would, in some way, be available to encourage and assist others struggling alone on this journey. "The Training of the Wolf" is the fulfillment of that promise.
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