I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of Finding Home. While safety and peace seem like they should be birthrights, some of us are born into situations that simply don't allow for these niceties. With a father who sold drugs and a mother who depended on them, the world felt anything but calm to author Mathew Chase. Growing up in one of the toughest parts of Philadelphia, Mathew learned things in his first few years of life that most of us never have to learn, like how to survive hunger when there's no food in the house and no one there to notice . . . how not to cry or show fear while being beat with a shoe by a foster parent . . . how to mask any signs of vulnerability when passing the dealers and gangsters on the street . . . or how to fight when one or a bunch of kids jump you on your way home from school. Somehow, Mathew knew he had a choice. He could conform to the status quo and become a victim of the mentality generated by this environment, or he could find a way to break free and build a different kind of life.
Joining the U.S. military at age 18 as an exit route from what he'd known forever seemed like a promising solution, but it carried an exacting price tag of its own. Mathew's childhood began to seem like it had been easy compared to the brutality of training and fighting in Iraq while witnessing the slaying of friends who had become like brothers. Would Mathew ever find home? Follow the author's journey through seemingly endless challenges and failures to understand how these selfsame circumstances mold him into a mature and courageous man. In Finding Home, pain and heartbreak are transformed to what they truly are - stepping stones to ultimate strength and personal freedom.
Chase shares his life story with readers. From the pain and struggles to the fear and redemption--the author shares a bit of it all with readers in Finding Home. For many of us; the author's story offers a very personal glimpse into the emotions--and the sacrifices of a young soldier--as well as the life circumstances setting him on his path. Chase pulls readers into his life story--and shares completely.
Finding Home holds readers interest and their heartstrings. With a very comfortable and conversational writing style, the author shares his story with his readers. As Chase meanders a bit at times through thoughts and realizations encountered during his life journey; readers will find themselves both interested in his story--and feeling many of the pains of his ups and downs.
Would I recommend Finding Home by Mathew Chase? Finding Home is a story of growth, strength, and life. More than a story of a difficult upbringing and military service; this book is a story of a man finding his path in life. While it was a difficult path--the author builds on those difficulties as he finds his own place in the world--and seeks to come to terms with it all. If you enjoy memoirs--especially those from authors sharing difficult journeys; you will be inspired by Finding Home.
Giveaway ends November 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST a Rafflecopter giveaway