CHAPTER 14

WHOS WATCHING YOUR BACK?

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”1

—ANCIENT PROVERB

One spring break vacation our family visited the Grand Canyon and rode mules down to the base of the canyon and back up the next day. Our guide cautioned us in advance that the mules preferred to walk right on the outer edge of the trail. Most of the time this was not a big deal, but occasionally the trail dropped off precipitously. Despite every effort to guide my mule to the center of the trail, “Jack” stubbornly insisted on staying near the edge. During one terrifying moment, Jack defied his sure-footed reputation. As he meandered ...

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