Wednesday, November 22, 2017


I had never heard of him before, but he survived three terror attacks in different cities. It is a fascinating story. I just saw his interview on Fox and Friends and he talked about his faith in generic terms never mentioning he is a Mormon. He sounded very Catholic or how an ideal Catholic would sound in witnessing to his faith but not proselytizing by a drippy Jesus is my Savior churchy talk!
Mormon Mason Wells crisis actor exposed

In Russia there is an old saying, ‘The first time is an accident. The second time is a coincidence. The third time is an enemy attack.’

Left Standing: The Miraculous Story of How Mason Wells’s Faith Survived the Boston, Paris, and Brussels Terror Attacks 

Wells reflects on his close calls with terrorism in this harrowing memoir. His first brush with extremist violence was at the 2013 Boston Marathon; he was several blocks away from the finish line, cheering on his mother, when the bombs went off. Two years later he was in France, serving as a missionary in Rouen (two hours north of Paris), during the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, and in 2016, at age 21 was severely injured in the Brussels Airport bombing. Wells’s religious faith shines brightly as he writes of relying on his belief in God and using prayer to help him recover from his injuries and pursue his dream of attending the Naval Academy. His bizarre and almost unbelievable experiences drive the story forward and make for an enthralling narrative. In the last chapters, Wells shares advice and life lessons, such as channeling hateful impulses into love by writing a letter to the object of your scorn. His reflections are refreshingly mature as he strives to forgive the terrorists and talks of mastering frustration. Wells demonstrates unbelievable strength of character in this stirring book. (Nov.)


Anonymous said...

He was several blocks from the bombs in Boston. Yes, he was in the city, as were thousands, but he did not "survive the attack" any more than a woman sleeping in her apartment in the Back Bay who was several blocks from the bomb.

He was "in France," two hours north of Paris when the offices of Charlie Hebdo were attacked. So were millions of French men and women. He did not "survive the attack" any more than they.

His recovery from injuries he sustained in the Brussels airport is a great blessing and I hope he makes it to the Naval Academy.

Gene said...

He sounds Catholic because, like many Catholics, Mormons are a bit to fond of good works...