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Book Review - Wild Awakening

 Book Title       Wild Awakening - How A Raging Grizzly Healed My Wounded Heart       

Book Author         Greg J. Matthews 

Pub. Year        2019

Genre                  Christian Living/Men’s Issues 

My Rating    5 Stars

Ease of Read   Easy Read   

ISBN   978-1-5011-9453-5  

I was attracted to this book because… I heard Greg speak while he was writing the book. I was intrigued by the adventure, the danger of the story and how Greg was impacted by this event. The book fulfilled every aspect of the story I had heard. 

This book was about Greg Matthews is an amazing guy. He is one of those first responders who step into danger and have helped in places of great need, where most of us only dream of being. He has lived his life to prove he was a man’s man. While on a life time dream of hunting moose in Alaska with his brother, he faced his greatest danger which was beyond all his cunning and bravery. It is a story of adventure covered with God’s grace and redemption. 


Things I liked about this book This is a fast paced story which is easy to read. Greg’s past life story is interwoven with the Alaska adventure, allowing the reader to understand the motives behind the hunt and tolerate the intensity of the attack. It was compelling to the end. 


Why you should read this book For guys - this a great story of bears, guns, blood, guts and helicopters, what more could you want? But grizzly bears can come in many forms and threaten any of our perceptions of what is expected of us from our family and friends. Those perceived expectations come from even the best meaning associates. We can only break out of those earthly limitations through the loving care of our Heavenly Father. 


This book lived up to the back cover copy This book has been endorsed by some of the leaders in men’s Christian living and I heartily concur with their endorsements. 


Greg Matthews has dedicated most of his life to defending our nation and safeguarding the lives of others. He has served in the role of first responder in a variety of agencies and volunteers around the world, including developing security programs in East Africa and searching for survivors at Ground Zero. He currently serves as a antiterrorism officer for the U.S. Corp of Engineers. He is committed to share his message that men and their manhood are defined by the quality of their relationships. He and his family live in North Texas. He founded Chase What Matters foundation. 

James Lund collaborator with Greg on writing this book. 

You can find Greg’s webpage at Chasing What Matters or on his facebook page and

click to find James Lund at his facebook page



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