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WILD AWAKENING

Greg Matthews

A near-fatal attack by a grizzly leads to an unexpected encounter with God for alpha male Greg Matthews, who tells his story in gripping and engaging book about survival. 

Greg Matthews was a poster-boy for masculinity. Avid hunter and outdoorsman, Air Force and civilian firefighter, EMT, rescue helicopter pilot, fugitive recovery agent, Ground Zero volunteer and more, Greg had spent his life striving to serve others for all the wrong reasons: After his parents’ divorce when he was young, Greg believed the only way he could be loved and valued—by his father, by his family, and by God—was if he earned it through daring, high-stakes, high-risk (what society commonly refers to as “manly”) achievements.

Everything changed when a hunting trip through the backwoods of Alaska turned into a harrowing fight for life. Greg was attacked by a grizzly, and the gruesome, nearly fatal conflict offered an unexpected encounter with God. 

Greg’s eyes, and more importantly, his heart, were finally opened to the lie that he’d internalized as a child: that his dangerous, high-risk achievements were the sole signifiers of his worth. The road to recovery forced Greg to come face to face with the long-held view of manhood he had absorbed as his own identity. The relentless grizzly uncovered something in Greg’s heart: that he was being pursued by an equally persistent God, who loved him unconditionally.

A gripping tale of survival and a rebuttal to outmoded notions about masculinity, Wild Awakening offers an alternative way of living in the world.
 
Greg J. Matthews has been an US Air Force and civilian firefighter, emergency medical technician, special operations rescue technician, rescue helicopter pilot, fugitive recovery agent, World Trade Center attack first responder, and international consultant on emergency management and security. He currently serves as the US Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division antiterrorism officer. He is the founder of Chase What Matters ministry (ChaseWhatMatters.today). He lives in Plano, Texas, with his wife of seventeen years, Rhea, sons Casey and Benjamin, and daughter Ciara.

James Lund is an award-winning collaborator, editor, and author who enjoys helping people develop their voice and message. He is a publishing veteran who has worked with bestselling authors, public figures, and leaders including Max Lucado, George Foreman, Tim Brown, Kathy Ireland, Jim Caviezel, and others. Three of his projects have earned the ECPA Gold Medallion Award. He lives with his wife, Angela, and children in Central Oregon, where he enjoys hiking, rafting, softball, and performing music with friends.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501194535
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Howard Books - June 18th, 2019