We have all faced experiences in which we were severely tested. Admiral Allen refers to these as “crucible experiences” such as divorce, death of a spouse or child, cancer, betrayal, addiction or dramatic financial loss. Sometimes these experiences are a consequence of our decisions and sometime not. In all cases, life is essentially out of control. Our character and faith are at once revealed and strengthened. Ed says: “Sixteen years ago, I experienced four crucible experiences within a three-year period. How I dealt with each of these and what I earned is the essence of my story that I will share.” Admiral Allen explains strategies for surviving and learning life’s trials.