Matthew Wood

For fans of:Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Herman Melville

I was born in Honolulu, and eventually adopted in Colorado when I was three. My adoptive family and I moved to the Maryland area when I was six. Growing up, I learned little about God other than He did exist, and that religion is terrible (my adoptive dad grew up Catholic but abandoned all faith/religion/belief when he was in high school).

When, I was fourteen I attended a baptist church with my mom for a bit. While I was there I became a Christian at a revival after I heard "Worlds Apart" by Jars of Clay. I, however, (retrospectively) was the seed planted among thorns, and my faith never gained root nor grew. I do not know if it was my infatuation with my girlfriend at the time, or the youth ministry's inability to disciple young Christians, but that is how it went down.

Already struggling with identity issues and other psychological issues, I ran away from Jesus just about as fast as I ran to Him. I chose fitting in, sex, drugs, and alcohol over pursuing Him. I wanted to be one of the guys, and was tired of being seen as an outsider. Sooner or later, by age twenty-one, my life spiraled out of control and I hit rock bottom. My life is a testimonty to God's grace.

Fun facts:

-I have a A.A. in General Business, B.S. in Religion, and am working towards my MBA with a specialization in Project Management

-I have two books of poetry published: one prior to selling out to Christ, and one after

-I enjoy music, and attend concerts frequently

-I enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers, legal dramas, and true crime -I enjoy Sci-fi, drama, horror, comedy, and thrillers

-I prefer the outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and fishing