I was fascinated to read Mud, Sweat and Tears by Bear Grylls, we all love a good action hero, particularly when they are real and Bear Grylls seems to fit the bill.
The book has three main sections: focussing on his growing up, the efforts of his SAS selection, and following a nightmare parachute jump, his climbing of Mount Everest.
Reading about the SAS selection was fascinating, and for me the absolute highlight of the book. It gives an excellent insight into the willpower and mental strength required for these tests (basically pushing your body to the absolute limit, exhausted and deprived of sleep – and to then have the mentality to keep on going). I found this really inspiring.
After the Everest expedition, the rest of Bear’s life is summed up very abruptly – I was disappointed by this as I was eager to read about the many amazing expeditions and experiences Bear has been involved in since this, alongside some of his phenomenal charity work. There will surely be a “full” autobiography in years to come, but I did feel slightly sold short with this book.
I felt like he explained his faith well, and referred to it in relevant and credible ways.
All in all a very inspiring book that I’m sure I will read again.