memoir that reflects what it is like overcoming obstacles, learning from one’s experiences, realizing that everyone has something to teach, and that everyone can learn from one another
San Diego (PRWEB) February 02, 2015
Inspired to help kids growing up in neighborhoods similar to the one he grew up in, author Mathew Chase felt compelled to chronicle his life and share his poignant, insightful experiences with the world. “Finding Home” is a memoir that reflects what it is like overcoming obstacles, learning from one’s experiences, realizing that everyone has something to teach, and that everyone can learn from one another.
While safety and peace seem like they should be birthrights, some are born into situations that simply do not 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 Matthew Chase. Growing up in one of the toughest parts of Philadelphia, he learned things in his first few years of life that most never have to learn, like how to survive hunger when there is 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 on him on his way home from school.
Somehow, Chase 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. Chase’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. This is the author’s journey through seemingly endless challenges and failures to understand how these selfsame circumstances mold him into the mature, courageous man he is today.
Insightful, passionate, and riveting, “Finding Home” (published by Xlibris) strives for readers to stay strong, no matter what their struggle. It reveals how pain and heartbreak are transformed to what they truly are – stepping stones to ultimate strength and personal freedom.
By Mathew Chase
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 100 pages | ISBN 9781499085099
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 100 pages | ISBN 9781499085105
E-Book | 100 pages | ISBN 9781499085112
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