1.24.2014

Fighter: 5 Keys to Conquering Fear By Manafest

"It's too late it's my fate I can't turn around, there's no fear in the mirror to hold me down"
Musician Chris “Manafest” Greenwood lost his father to suicide at the age of five, and found himself with nothing to cling to but a single mom and his childhood dream of moving to California to become a professional skateboarder. But God had different plans; by the age of 18 Chris fell in love with hip-hop music and quit his corporate job to join the ranks of Toronto’s competitive underground hip hop scene, choosing the name Manafest as a reflection of his goal to manifest his dreams. After years of fighting for success in one of the toughest industries in the world, he found himself living in his dream— a 3-time JUNO award nominee, Top 10 Billboard charted rock artist, living in southern California, selling hundreds of thousands of records worldwide.
Named after his highest charted song, Fighter, this book is the story of how Chris conquered his fears and found success in five stages, which he calls the anatomy of a fighter—courage, perseverance, mindset, discipline, and willpower—the five resources we can all draw on in order to reach our dreams, no matter what they are. The message is simple; we have to replace fear with faith. If God can do something great with a skate punk from Pickering Ontario, imagine what he can do with your life!


Ok, so unlike most people that requested this book, I was not a fan of Manafest, I had barely even heard of Manafest up to this point, but he had a story to tell, and I wanted to hear it. Sometimes we're too harsh to judge people in the spotlight forgetting that we all have our own stories and struggles and pretty much just trying to survive like everyone else. I read this book in a couple hours (Since it's only 166 pages) and learned the spotlight is not all it's cracked up to be. It takes many struggles and sacrifices to get us where we're meant to be, and sometimes where we want to be and where God wants us to be are two totally different places. But it's good to see that despite everything he went through with losing his Father to suicide and his injuries he sustained, he's still serving the living God and putting his insecurities behind him and not letting fear control his life. I urge you to check out his music on you tube. I've included a link to a song I enjoy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAr_0UyefT0

But this book is more than just Chris Greenwood's life story and rise to fame, this book also teaches us how we can overcome our fears and obstacles that are keeping us from following God's plan for our life. I encourage you to check it out!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Chris Greenwood and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller.

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