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To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life [Kindle Edition]

Bear Grylls
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Book Description

This humorously illustrated book is a collection of wisdom that renowned adventurer Bear Grylls wants to share with his sons about the risks, tumbles, and victories of a well-lived life.

Mountain climber, world-record holder, and internationally known television personality Grylls knows a thing or two about adventure. The greatest adventure he's experienced, though, is raising his three boys. In To My Sons, Grylls shares the quotes, Scripture verses, and spiritual wisdom he has learned through the literal ups and downs of an exciting life. Featuring cartoons from well-known sketch artist Charlie Mackesy, this book is a poignant primer for boys and men of all ages.

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About the Author

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started in the UK on the Isle of Wight, where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy watching him pit against mother-nature. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places, and after enduring months in military rehabilitation, Bear went on to become one of the youngest ever climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Bear went on to star in Discovery Channel's Emmy nominated Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor TV series, which has become one of the most watched shows on the planet. Off screen, Bear has lead record-breaking expeditions, from Antarctica to the Arctic, which in turn have raised over $2.5million for children around the world. In recognition of his expertise and service, Bear was appointed as the youngest ever Chief Scout to 28 million Scouts worldwide, awarded an honorary commission as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy, and has authored 10 books, including To My Sons.

Product Details

  • File Size: 14218 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1434703584
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (January 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007355AU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Any Child (as well as Adults!) January 30, 2012
This little book is a message from Bear Grylls to his children regarding how they should live. It is filled with memorable and insightful, pithy sayings along with some relevant Scripture passages from the Bible. The book is moving because it displays a father's love to his children who wants the best for his sons in all things motivated by a sincere faith in Jesus Christ. Though the book is small and inexpensive, it is handsomely published. It would make a good gift to fathers who will in turn read it to their children as it is humorously illustrated to enhance the message of the book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging February 24, 2012
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Great man writing down great lessons, how can it get better? It's a book with inspirational quotes on every page. It is quite unique and certainly a must buy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Quotes From an Inspirational Dad July 8, 2013
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Anyone who has ever watched Bear Grylls' adventures on "Man vs. Wild" can't help but amazed at his spirit of adventure, ingenuity, courage, wisdom, and passion for life. In this little book Bear Grylls gives his favorite Bible verses, life quotes, and wisdom and dedicates this collection to his boys. It is a wonderful compilation for any Father to seek to implement in his own life and emulate for the lives of his children. Grylls emphasizes a love for Jesus Christ, a love for others, and maximizing your time in life by serving others. Let me share some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Aim to live a wild, generous, full, exciting life--blessing those around you and seeing the good in all."

"Have a few close friends who you see often--their friendship matters more than having many shallow acquaintances."

"Choose your job carefully--do work that excites you. It is where you will spend so much of your time."

"Cheerfulness in adversity is a key character trait in the game of life."

"Moments of doubt are part of life. Accept them and remember that Jesus Himself said, 'My power is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9)."

"Understand that failure is an essential stepping-stone on the road to success."

"Give more than you take, especially with friends and family. See the best in people--as Christ does with you."

"Spend more time with your family and less at work--no one on their deathbed says they wish thye had spent more time in the office!"

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

"You have two ears and one mouth--use them in proportion: Listen twice as much as you speak!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be aware this is not "a book" July 16, 2014
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Ugh, what the hell was that about? I thought this was going to be a BOOK with lots of anecdotes and deep insights into perseverance and personal triumph but I guess I grabbed the wrong title cause this was just one or two-liner advice along with a weird little line drawing on each page. Kinda quirky and strange but oh well... The advice is still good so I guess worth reading since it'll only take you about 20 minutes. Just be aware this is NOT a "book".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quote Book August 17, 2014
This a cute quote book for anyone who needs to be reminded of the great things in life. I bought it for my 8 & 10 yr sons but there were a lot of quotes in there for me to reflect on. Really cute scribbled pics that Bear drew to go along with each quote. My boys and I try to remind each other of some of the quotes through out the day to help make us better people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A small book that is long on wisdom March 20, 2015
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This is a book of advice from soldier, leader, adventurer, and most of all, father, Bear Grylls. Originally written as insight, from lessons learned, to Bear's young boys, it gives us great wisdom of the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual life of an admired man. I highly recommend this to any and all leaders, and to those who will one day become leaders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it October 7, 2014
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Reads like the Proverbs of Bear. I expected it to be a chapter book with far more content. I believe Bear said more with his nuggets of advice/wisdom than a book of 10,000 words could have. Even though he intended it for his children, Bear's words gave my morale a boost and reminded what the important things in life are: Jesus, family, friends, people, and love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 15, 2014
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Very good short advices.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Didn't know Bear was a Christian
Love this Didn't know Bear was a Christian, lots of great daily wisdom. Not a bad gift idea for that mans man in you life.
Published 21 days ago by Deadman70
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear's wisdom
Loved it! This is a great quick read, coffee table book, or "on the throne" read. You should check it out.
Published 1 month ago by mathmom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great children's read.
Published 1 month ago by Dylan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for tidbits on Life Lessons!
Enjoyable book. I thought it would be more than quips and life lessons tidbits, but it was done well and I enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it then bought it for other fathers on my ...
I bought this book myself. Loved it then bought it for other fathers on my Christmas list. Great book and quick and fun read!
Published 3 months ago by Rex9802
5.0 out of 5 stars Priced free
Not sure how good this is because it was free and I haven't read it yet
Published 3 months ago by Cee Cee
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
A little disappointing in that we thought it was a book about survival and not just snippets of advice.
Published 3 months ago by RO Call
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Perfect gift for my own son to pass on
Published 3 months ago by Monique Blazer
5.0 out of 5 stars From a dad, for a dad!
He (my son) reads it constantly and still does. Its on his night stand! Good advice from a father to his sons! Thanks Bear!
Published 4 months ago by Creeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loved the book.
Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Jo Stack
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More About the Author

Bear Grylls is the host of the Summer 2013 NBC reality series Get Out Alive. For seven seasons he starred in the Discovery Channel adventure series Man Vs. Wild (reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in over 180 countries). He is a former member of the UK Special Forces (21 SAS) and was made an honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. He continues to lead record-breaking expeditions to the world's extremes, which have raised over £1.5 million for children's charities. He lives with his family on a Dutch barge in London and on a small remote island off the coast of Wales.

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