There’s a story not often told about John McCain’s life. We all know he spent years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. But the hidden side of that story, which touches and inspires Stephen the most, reveals how McCain’s boyhood training as an Episcopal acolyte came into play. The POW’s ability to recall prayers, creeds, hymns, and Scriptures throughout those five-and-a-half harrowing years has largely inspired Stephen’s own life. Listen in as Stephen pays tribute to three of The Maverick’s noble characteristics.

Related: Great Words that Inspire (text) and The McCains (podcast)