Jim Olson was 40 Days for Life's founding board chair...and a CIA spy.

He's even the inspiration behind a character in a Tom Clancy novel! (Jim isn't a fan.)

Jim, who is my longtime friend and mentor, sat down with me for a fascinating conversation about the morality of spying and his long career as a spy, deputy chief of stations in Moscow during the Cold War, and the CIA's chief of counterintelligence. Watch or listen to the first part of one of the most unique and interesting episodes of The 40 Days for Life Podcast ever:


On this week's show, Jim shares expert insights, including:

  • His heartbreak upon learning of a close colleague who became the most notorious double agent of the Cold War;
  • The difficult conversation he had with his oldest son after Iranian terrorists tracked down--and threatened to kill--his family;
  • His fears for the future of America and why the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has weakened the U.S. worldwide;
  • The intense moral dilemmas that come with spying.

Check back Tuesday (or Monday if you subscribe to the 40 Days for Life YouTube channel) for part two of our conversation, as Jim will be back to discuss 40 Days for Life, his faith journey, and why abortion is such a critical issue globally.

Shawn Carney, President/CEO

In addition to co-founding 40 Days for Life, Shawn is one of the most sought-after pro-life speakers, addressing audiences coast-to-coast and internationally. He has executive produced award-winning pro-life documentaries. Shawn co-authored the #1 top-rated Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done ... Imagine What He Can Do and also wrote The Beginning of the End of Abortion.