New Memoir Features Greek Wrestler’s Amazing Life; Book by Maureen Berry

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This biography, written by his widow, tells the story of Elias Panagos, an amazing Greek hero who overcame his humble beginnings – and an attack by the Turks – to become a wrestling champion and decorated World War II veteran. This new book released by Dog Ear Publishing also explores Elias’ desire to share the news of Jesus Christ.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Boots Full of Memories” by Maureen Berry.

This new book, written by his wife, tells of Elias’ gradual rise to fame from his inauspicious beginnings.

In October 1923, all Greek subjects left their home via the port at Smyrna, Asia Minor, escaping the Turkish Army, which had defeated the Greeks and Armenians. Elias Panagos and his family survived that chaotic, dangerous time, even though Turks set fire to the building where they waited to leave. This new book, written by his wife, tells of Elias’ gradual rise to fame from his inauspicious beginnings.

“Boots Full of Memories,” told in a conversational style from Elias’ recollections of his life, reveals a series of lucky breaks that led him to wrestling, a sport where he eventually became World H/W champion of Europe, Turkey, the United States and Australia. His wrestling even caught the attention of President Eisenhower. Elias fought beyond the borders of the ring, however, joining other men in defending Greece’s borders when war broke out in 1940 with the Germans. Although ordered back to their homes, Elias and other mountain men fought with the Greek Guerilla Movement in the mountains of Parnassus. He earned war medals for his bravery there and for undercover work during the civil war.

A trip to Australia for wrestling changes Elias’ wife when he meets his wife, Maureen, and decides to settle there. It is her conversion to Christ that eventually leads to his biggest challenge -- accepting the Lord in his own heart. Maureen accepts a call to perform missionary work in Greece, and Elias is happy to return to his homeland. It is while supporting and defending Maureen’s evangelizing that Elias finds his own way to tell others about the Lord. From humorous moments to inspirational insights, Berry has captured her husband’s vigor for life.

Author Maureen Berry, a native of New Zealand and Australia, accepted Christ as her savior in 1980. She and her husband, Elias Panagos, lived in Greece and Australia. Elias died in 2000. Maureen married Alvin Berry of New York in 2002. Berry, who has retired from church ministry, travels around the world with her husband and shares her life story and that of Elias. She has four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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Boots Full of Memories
Maureen Berry
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-0886-8            104 pages                 $12.95 US

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