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  • ISBN-13: 9781905026494
  • Publisher: Channel 4
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    "Life continues to be an adventure, and in many ways more s

    "Life continues to be an adventure, and in many ways more so than ever. I have had to learn to prioritize clearly in my life: to be safe, get home fast, and keep it fun - the rest is detail."

    In Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls, I was inspired to pick this one up after reading a short article in Guideposts magazine about the life of the man we all know from his television show, Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel. Is all this staged? Where did his training come from? Why would anyone do this as a way to make a living?

    This is where you will find yourself as you experience what it was like growing up as Bear Grylls. Being a born adventurer as a child, he often joined his father in expeditions that involved mountain climbing, romps through the mud and most of all a lesson in unconditional love and perseverance modeled through his eyes by his own father.

    Bear struggled in school academically but was a huge lover of extreme sports, often found scaling the chapels on his school grounds at Eton College. He grew up and had a deep desire for adventure and soon found himself talking his best friend, Trucker into joining him at signing up for the Special Air Service or SAS, an elite group of what is known as the British Special Forces unit. The amount of challenges he would face there, would provide him with the additional support and love of adventure that would carry him through all of life's struggles.

    He would later be called to put that mental and emotional training into affect, when during a parachuting accident, he would break his back in three places. It was one of many wake up calls where Bear would put his faith in God to the ultimate test, to see if he would ever walk again. He was almost lost to severe depression but realized without any goals to push for, he wouldn't likely recover. His next dream, to climb Mt. Everest at 23 years old. He remembered that from small acorns grow big oaks.

    He would later on film almost six seasons of Man vs. Wild, Worst-Case Scenario, and a whole series on what it is like to go through basic training inside the French Foreign Legion; he would lead countless expeditions to Antarctica, the Himalayas, and the Arctic, raising more than 2.5 million dollars for children's charities around the world; he is considered the most admired person by the middle classes, second only to the Queen in the UK among many other things that have made him successful. There are also some great photos that are shared in this book of different aspects of his life up to this point.

    His words of advice after it's all said and done, "Every day is the most wonderful of blessings, and a gift that I never take for granted. Oh, and as for the scars, broken bones, aching limbs, and sore back? I consider them just gentle reminders that life is precious - and that maybe, just maybe, I am more fragile than I dare to admit" (pg 401).

    I received Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography of Bear Grylls compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. The one them that remains a constant in this book is that through hard work and perseverance, you can achieve whatever you want in life. His goal in writing this was to show his roots: the early, bigger missions that shaped him, and the even earlier, smaller moments that steered him to become the man, husband and father, he is today. He wrote this book as a way of passing down the life lessons he has learned to his three younger sons, and there are so many great quotes and take aways from this book. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and really admire the circumstances that he had to endure during his life that makes Bear Grylls, the man he is today.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    A gripping and heart warming read

    What's it really like being Bear Grylls? The only way to find out is to read this book! This book is not just about Bear....it's about life....and Bear seems to share his knowledge and wisdom about life throughout his book. A truly great read for fathers and sons alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Awesome book! Great read and interesting humble life. Must read!

    Awesome book! Great read and interesting humble life. Must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Great book! Nothing stops this guy, yet he remains humble, grou

    Great book! Nothing stops this guy, yet he remains humble, grounded and
    struggles with self-doubt like you and me. A really good read, I
    enjoyed the story from his childhood to the present. (And, I don't know
    how anyone could survie SAS training!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Great

    Great to see what motivates Bear...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Amazing!

    Love Bear, and what a story of survival and life in general!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Anonymous

    This book was a very highly intersting book. It kept you intrigued all of the way from his childhood to the present. I highly reccomend it to readers who are adventerous and take risks. Overall fantastic book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Lets go Bear

    I am a first star scout and alot of what i know is from bear. I highly review this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Outstanding and entertaining read.

    I found this book thoroughly entertaining. The positive outlook and warmth of Bear's personality really shines through in this boook. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    AMAZING

    This book is just amazing its suck a great book to read if you have goals in life. It will help you see how hard people push to complete their goals in life and will help you. I will recomend this book to anyone

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Sarah

    Shivered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Jamie

    SHE whimpered

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Tentacles

    "Ssspred legssss." A tentacles stroaked her swollen, tentacle filled puzzy. "Pleassse ussss" it moved all of it's tentacles to reveal a huge puzzy, it's lips alone the size of a grown man's hand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Claire

    She walked, no idea of the tentacles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Read this in two days!

    Very very good! May God bless you and your family...don't take it too far Bear..you have too many people that love you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Bear the one who god made.

    Bear has the tool to everything. A god, a ex- special soldier, a dad ,and a hero. He has the key to survive in every part of this planet. I want to go to adventures with him in this planet. I want to learn how to survive in every part of this planet. Just like him. He is awesome ... lets go man vs wild.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Eleven not three

    Error beware

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Hi yoyomitch 53

    Same here
    Julia

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    When I was younger, I was somewhat adventurous, or so I thought.

    When I was younger, I was somewhat adventurous, or so I thought.  Reading and watching adventure stories have held interest for me since I read an account of Lewis & Clark’s Journey when I was in Mrs. McElroy’s Fifth Grade Class.  With a plethora of “real-life” shows of (supposed) actual adventures I am able to live, vicariously, the life akin to that of Huckleberry Finn. “Bear” (Edward) Grylls, through his television shows, books and various endeavors, has become perhaps the most well-known face of such activities.  This book details how he became America’s (perhaps the world’s) best know “Adventure Junkie.”
    As a child, Mr. Grylls would have been a babysitter’s nightmare.  He was constantly climbing, jumping, exploring, daring, testing the limits of his physical capabilities and those of his surroundings.  He loved the “wildness” of his grandparents Isle of Wright home more than he did living in the city.  It appears the reason for this was there were far more opportunities for him to be lost, hurt or killed in his ramblings on the isle than the city offered.  The Isle had places for him to run, swim and “truly be alive.”
    He entered college because his friends were headed there and because he was able to talk himself into a last minute admission.  His heart was not in a class room, he wanted to be challenged beyond academics (he graduated from Eton; intelligence is not a short coming for him).  The best way for his thirst for challenge to be slaked was for him to attempt Selection with the Special Air Service (SAS – the regiment upon which many Special Operation Units, including the Navy Seals, have been based).  The process he faced required a commitment of every weekend, Friday evening to Sunday evening, for six months, or until one was unable to complete the task within the appointed time limits, at which point one “failed himself out.”  He could not speak of most of what he experienced due to secrecy agreements but what he was able to mention was some of the most grueling exercises imaginable and was beyond my ability to fully comprehend.  On average, only 2% of those who attempt to become members of this elite force are selected. He was “Selected” into 21 SAS at the age of 20.  
    After sustaining a broken back in a parachuting accident, he “Voluntarily Withdrew” from the SAS Regiment, but did not lose his desire for adventure.  His father introduced him to the idea of climbing Mount Everest when Mr. Grylls was a boy.  The last third of the book are a memoir of his preparation and ascent of the world’s tallest mountain, thus fulfilling that childhood dream.  Whereas his SAS training was secretive, there were no such restrictions on his Everest expedition.  The writing in this section is so clear and the action so engrossing that I felt the cold of Everest’s altitude, the isolation, of being on “a solitary affair” (regardless of the number climbing with you) and the tears of joy of reaching a life-long goal.  He was the 31st and the youngest Brit in history to summit Everest.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Cool

    I think he is a great man of God.

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