As I work on the final edits of my new book, “Ascend”, I am excited about the endorsements that it is getting: 


“This book is the closest thing in form to a kind of modern expression of parables I’ve ever read. Clear, compelling, mysterious, and evocative all at once. Matt’s story-telling and personal passion for the story of Jesus and his way reverberates around every corner. Beautiful. Read this!”

A.J. Swoboda (PhD, Birmingham) is assistant professor of Bible, theology, and World Christianity at Bushnell University and the author of After Doubt.

“I’ve had the privilege of traveling, hiking, and running with Matt. He has a way of drawing Christ-like wisdom from real-life experiences. Through humor, humility, and plenty of excitement, he invites us along on his journeys. These chapters are challenging and inspiring. You are in for a true adventure!”

–Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling author of Fireproof and From Chains to Change

Matt has written a collection of devotional vignettes that read as an intimate journal of his personal sporting adventures, including a broad range of experiences long distance running, surfing, rock climbing, spelunking, and much more. He uses each experience to share teachable moments to inspire personal and spiritual growth in the reader. Matt’s writing style makes this book a great read while sitting in your bay window on a rainy day or under the shade of an umbrella at the beach. Every sports enthusiast or adventurist should have a copy of Ascend handy when inspired to read by the majesty or tranquil beauty of the great outdoors.

Norm Slosted, Multi-Area Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes