Storyteller | Combat wounded veteran | Metalhead | Designer | My war memoir—Where Cowards Go to Die—drops June 28, 2022: https://benjaminsledge.com

LIVED THROUGH THIS

An Afghanistan veteran weighs in on whether what we did mattered in the ‘Forever War’

Left: U.S. evacuation in Kabul (2021). Right: U.S. evacuation in Saigon (1975). Photos courtesy of the author

On December 10, 2003, Taliban and al-Qaida operatives launched a complex attack against the small forward operating base I’d been stationed at for eight months. In the barrage and carnage that followed, my friend Steve and I were wounded in action. I took shrapnel to my arms and lower back…

Bullying, bludgeoning, using scripture, and the Romans Road don’t help. Here’s why.

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While tutoring a client one afternoon, my wife couldn’t help but overhear a conversation. Given that my wife and I are adamant Christians, when we hear lingo or talk about faith, our ears perk up. Across from her table at Starbucks, three college students from the University of Texas sat…

Facing the facts of viral content and publishing

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“A half truth is a whole lie.”
— Yiddish Proverb

Throughout much of early 2018, I spent my time developmentally editing Mountains: 25 Devotionals with Jake Luhrs. Luhrs is the founder of the mental health non-profit, HeartSupport, and lead singer for the metalcore band, August Burns Red.

When the book…

A tearful farewell to a company I love and the closing of our publication

Photo of author at Vans Warped Tour with HeartSupport | Image created by author

In 2013, the founder of HeartSupport — Jake Luhrs — asked me to consider quitting my job to work full time for his tiny non-profit. At the time, I had a lucrative corporate career, was the head of my department, and my wife and I didn’t have children. We didn’t…

Three life takeaways from the day the grim reaper came knocking

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Afghanistan, December 10, 2003, seven months into combat operations

The blood pooled into small, concentric circles to the left of the child. Normally, I would have found his wheezing annoying, but I could only watch as he gasped for breath. …

Sleep training, getting them to do chores, and more

Photo of author with his kids

If there’s one thing new parents and dads ask their friends, it’s “Got any advice?”

When my daughter was born, I didn’t know the first thing about changing diapers, getting her to sleep, or much of anything. It amazed me that the staff let me leave the hospital with a…

A popular Christian podcast ignores the systems and institutions that made abuse possible

Podcast image by Christianity Today with graphic text overlaid by author

The Russian poet, Ivan Krylov, once wrote a fable entitled “The Inquisitive Man” in which a man tours a museum and notices minuscule objects. However, he fails to notice a giant elephant during his time at the museum.

Many believe this is to be origin story from where we derive…

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