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About Greg Amundson
A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (BA Legal Theory) and Western Theological Seminary (MA Ministry & Leadership; MA Biblical & Theological Studies), Greg Amundson has spent over 22 years in Military and Law Enforcement service to include details as a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Operator (SWAT) and Sniper in Santa Cruz County, a Captain in the United States Army, a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the Southwest Border and an Agent on the highly effective Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST) Team.
In addition to his extensive government work, Greg is recognized as a thought leader in the field of integrated wellness practices, and is a prolific author and speaker whose message has positively influenced the lives of thousands of spiritual seekers. A former owner of the nation's first CrossFit gym, Greg has traveled around the world teaching functional fitness and self-mastery principles for over 20 years. Greg is the founder of the CrossFit Goal Setting Trainer Course and the CrossFit Law Enforcement Application Course.
Greg is a Krav Maga Black Belt and graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department Handgun Instructor School (HITS). Greg is also an ecclesiastically endorsed and ordained minister of God's Word, a five-time #1 bestselling author and the co-founder of Eagle Rise Publishing, which has produced numerous bestselling books.
Connect with Greg at www.GregoryAmundson.com.
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A big house, fancy cars, the right apparel, and money in the bank seldom lead to a fulfilling life. The ordinary indicators of success—in the long run—always come up short.
Thankfully, there is an altogether different way to live, and a divergent path to follow. The Way of the Warrior leads from compulsion to freedom, from boredom to adventure, from idleness to mission, and from darkness to light.
Greg Amundson’s new book is a tribute to everyone who walks the path of a warrior—those courageous souls who pursue self-mastery in service of others.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
GREG AMUNDSON is an ecclesiastically endorsed and ordained minister, a Krav Maga Black Belt, and a former DEA Special Agent. Greg holds an MA degree in Ministry and Leadership (MAML) from Western Theological Seminary and is the author of numerous bestselling books on topics including leadership, biblical and theological studies, and the integration of faith and fitness.
LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN is a retired U.S. Army Ranger and subject matter expert on topics including leadership, the warrior spirit, and the psychology of combat. He is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed bestselling books and is one of the nation’s most prolific speakers on the topic of leadership within the warrior ethos.
COMMANDER MARK DIVINE is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL andNew York Timesbestselling author. He is the founder of SEALFIT, Unbeatable Mind, and Kokoro Yoga. Mark’s work spans the globe and has inspired millions of people to seek self-mastery in service of others.
EAGLE RISE PUBLISHING is a Christian book publisher dedicated to advancing the Kingdom of God by empowering authors to share their unique voice with the world.
When ATHENA PEREZ stood on the scale, it repeatedly blinked "error."
She was somewhere near 500 lbs. The exact number she'll never know because the scale was only able to measure weight up to 450 lbs. But, contrary to popular belief, food wasn't the issue.
It was anger, guilt, embarrassment, shame, grief, resentment, and fear. Athena would have to face those feelings to understand her path and cultivate a relationship with the unlikeliest of entities: God.
PRAISE FOR LIFTING THE WAIT
“A brave book. Many may have seen her video story but Athena Perez's new memoir Lifting the Wait - a story of triumph and finding a belief and love of self (and God)...it is absolutely incredible to read what she has overcome. The story is told in such a raw and captivating manner that it pulls you in wondering how one person lived through so much chaos! Athena tells it like it is, and you find parts of your own story to relate to, no matter how different her struggle might be from your own. The other piece is a real truthfulness in how food can become something it's not to so many of us. Overeating and obesity isn't something many can talk about with authority and really share what it is like. It was so refreshing to read something that resonated in so many ways even though Athena's story is so different than mine. I was obese for 20+ years and for anyone who suffers from disordered eating habits or loves someone who does, you will relate to this story. We are not alone. Athena, by bravely sharing her story, shows us that we don't have to be ashamed of our weight, our past, or stalled by our limited thinking. And that no matter how many times we've been let down, the only way out is through. We can, no matter our past, find trusted communities, coaches, counselors, fellowship, friends, and triumph that ultimately put you on the path to an "anything is possible" future. Athena's book shows us there is hope and calm beyond the chaos”.
— JEN PENDLETON, author of JenXJourney Blog
“This book is an incredible story of Athena’s struggles and perspective (many of which are more than most of us have ever had to endure) and the victorious story of how she emerged on the other side of it mentally empowered, healthy and as an inspiring role model who has learned to navigate the very difficult battles of life. Her story is gripping from the very beginning and provides guidance and inspiration to anyone; not just those that have had weight struggles. A must-read!
— GEOFF WESTMORELAND, Attorney, Athlete
“Lifting the Wait is the most impactful book I have ever read! I could not put this book down! It was incredibly relatable to me through the fascinating stories. It also provides the lessons Athena, one incredibly strong woman, had to learn so she could gain peace and understanding. These lessons become blueprints for the reader to examine their own life and find that same thing; those ah-ha moments. This is a must-read!”
— SCOTT SWITZER, Host of the Clydesdale CrossFitter and Friends Podcast, Athlete
Firebreather Fitness is Greg Amundson’s program to help you get into the best shape of your life—physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Former SWAT officer, DEA Special Agent, U.S. Army Captain, and founding CrossFit athlete and coach, Greg Amundson is a globally recognized leader in functional fitness conditioning and anti-inflammatory foods and diet. Known as CrossFit’s “original firebreather”, Amundson shares his secrets, advice, and the experiences that helped him forge his Firebreather Fitness—a fitness of body, mind, and spirit.
Amundson’s Firebreather Fitness program will help you align your physical, mental, and spiritual training so you can gain strength, unlock potential, and live a high-performance, super-healthy life. Firebreather Fitness includes
· Integrated 21-day training programs that include innovative workouts, key mental drills, and warrior yoga to get you into top condition
· Performance standards that keep your workouts challenging—and let you compete with athletes on your level
· More than 40 exercises with clear technique photographs and advice
· Scaling options to make workouts easier or harder, depending on your level of fitness
It takes more than a hard body to excel at work, in the gym, and in life. Firebreather Fitness folds in the cutting-edge mental toughness training and time-tested spiritual practices that guide Amundson and the athletes he coaches. Amundson’s smart and effective guides to goal-setting, pain tolerance, honing purpose and focus, and exerting control over your mental state offer invaluable tools to help meet any challenge.
Packed with practical advice, vetted training methods, and Amundson’s guided workout programs, Firebreather Fitness is a must-have resource for athletes, coaches, law enforcement and military professionals, and anyone interested in pursuing the high-performance life.
From #1 bestselling author GREG AMUNDSON comes the nations first biblical theology on leadership through the perspective of the warrior archetype. Greg’s book The Good Soldier opens the Bible in a fresh and relevant new way, and provides actionable steps that you can take to fight well, finish the race, and keep the faith. This is the leadership book that is redefining what it means to be a leader and a modern day warrior.
PRAISE FOR THE GOOD SOLDIER
“Greg Amundson’s new book The Good Soldier contains a visionary message on leadership, self-mastery, and walking the path of a modern day warrior. This is a profound and encouraging read that has reinvigorated my desire to be of service to others. Hooyah!”
— JOE DE SENA, Spartan Founder & CEO and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Spartan Up!
"Greg Amundson is a true warrior leader and monk. His deep commitment to his faith, and ability to communicate that faith through his passion for the warrior mindset, is unparalleled. The Good Soldier is another lighted path that Greg has provided for those searching for Truth.”
— MARK DIVINE, U.S. Navy SEAL (Retired) New York Times bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL, Unbeatable Mind and Staring Down the Wolf
“Greg Amundson has the ability to weave the warrior mindset and biblical message in a way that cuts to my heart. His new book The Good Soldier is a resource that I will reference and model in my pursuit of self-mastery and walking the path of a modern day warrior.
— JAY DOBYNS, ATF Special Agent (Retired) and The New York Times bestselling author No Angel, and Catching Hell
“Greg Amundson’s new book The Good Soldier teaches the principles of biblical leadership in an awesome way. Greg has a profound ability to integrate Scripture with the warrior mindset, and to relate that integration both in his words and in his life.”
— JASON REDMAN, former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of The Trident and Overcome
“Greg Amundson is one of the most prolific author's and speakers of our time. His new book The Good Soldier is a masterpiece."
— DR. GABRIELLE LYON, DO, Special Operators Doctor for Task Force Dagger
“The Good Soldier is a gem of a book that further demonstrates Greg Amundson’s ability to integrate his profound understanding of the Bible with principles of self-mastery and walking the path of a modern day warrior.”
— DAN BRULE’, International bestselling author of Just Breathe
— From bestselling Author GREG AMUNDSON
— Foreword from New York Times bestselling Author's MARK DIVINE and JULIEN SMITH
— Now celebrating its 7th year anniversary and revised 3rd Edition
Practical ideas, pitfalls to avoid, and keys to everlasting love.
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love for a lifetime of marriage—now that can be a major challenge. How can you keep your relationship full of passion, connection, meaning, and purpose, while avoiding the common pitfalls that couples (guys, this means you) fall into?
In a revised 3rd Edition, GREG AMUNDSON, a former DEA Special Agent and U.S. Army Captain, provides a brutally honest and raw look at "Love Lessons Learned the Hard Way." Written with a heart for Law Enforcement Officers and members of the Military who suffer from the nation's highest divorce rate, this is the book that has saved hundreds of marriages and intimate relationships.
Greg's book, Your Wife is NOT Your Sister, is as practical, humorous, and outrageous, as it is insightful, compassionate, and deeply healing for the brokenhearted. Updated to reflect the complexities and unique relationship challenges facing Police Officers, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that both men and women can benefit from.
"This book is a gift from Greg. An honest, insightful, and humorous account of his experiences and some great ideas on how to avoid the pitfalls of a modern relationship. I recommend you read it and learn from this warrior." — MARK DIVINE, New York Times bestselling author of Unbeatable Mind
"Reading Greg Amundson's book, Your Wife is NOT Your Sister, opened up a bunch of windows in my head. It broke patterns I had been stuck in during relationships for years. Greg gives you a chance, he opens the door, but it's up to you to walk through it. I suggest you do. His book is real, and it comes from the heart. You'll be able to tell. I hope you learn as much as I did." — JULIEN SMITH, New York Times bestselling author of Trust Agents and The Flinch
— Newly Revised and Updated 2nd Edition
— From #1 Amazon bestselling Author and CrossFit's "Original Firebreather" GREG AMUNDSON
— Practical strategies for achieving VICTORY in every area of your life
— Keys to better living, optimal performance, and a stronger mind, body and Spirit.
One of the most prolific authors and speakers in the field of integrated wellness, GREG AMUNDSON'S new book "VICTORY" offers people of all spiritual backgrounds powerful strategies and practical guidelines for bringing health, happiness, fitness, and purpose into their lives and the lives of others. Renowned for his ability to merge fitness and Faith, Greg offers a proven methodology for establishing life-affirming beliefs, understanding Divine wisdom, tapping into the power of prayer, integrating physical fitness with the spiritual disciplines, and optimizing the power of mental and physical nutrition. This book is a must-have resource for athletes, coaches, fitness enthusiasts, spiritual seekers, and anyone interested in advancing the quality of their life.
“The first step to self-mastery is reading Greg Amundson's work and considering the ‘Way of the Warrior’ as he is now teaching it.” — JOE DE SENA, SPARTAN Founder & CEO and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Spartan Up!
"Greg's new book 'VICTORY' is a vital tool for anyone interested in achieving the victory in their health, spirituality, fitness, and positive mental outlook on life." — JASON REDMAN, Navy SEAL (ret.) and New York Times bestselling author of "The Trident: the Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader"
"This book is a gift from Greg. His passion for integrating mind, body, and Spirit through his holistic training is inspiring, and can be a catalyst for you to do the same." — MARK DIVINE, New York Times bestselling author of "The Way of the SEAL" and "Unbeatable Mind"
“Greg Amundson is a Spiritual Warrior, and his work will bless your life.” — DAN BRULÉ, International bestselling author of "Just Breathe"
“Greg’s ability to transcend boundaries and speak to the essence of spirituality is profound and encouraging.” — SCOTT McEWEN, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of "American Sniper"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
GREG AMUNDSON is a founding CrossFit athlete, former SWAT Officer, DEA Special Agent, and U.S. Army Captain. Recognized as a thought leader in the field of integrated wellness practices, Greg is a prolific author and speaker whose message has positively influenced the lives of thousands of spiritual seekers. A coach and mentor to professional athletes, business executives, and entrepreneurs, Greg is a Krav Maga Black Belt, Law Enforcement Chaplain, Kokoro Yoga Instructor, and Masters of Divinity Graduate Student. He is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of "The Warrior and The Monk ~ A Fable About Fulfilling Your Potential and Finding True Happiness," and "ABOVE ALL ELSE ~ A Year of Increasing Wisdom, Stature, and Favor." He resides in Santa Cruz, CA.
New from #1 bestselling author GREG AMUNDSON comes a biblical theology on the doctrine of revelation within the sacred texts of other world religions. Greg's new book is a thought provoking exposition on the Church's traditionally held view of inspired spiritual texts outside the Judeo-Christian faith, and a source of encouragement to all those who feel called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Greg's book ABOVE ALL ELSE will educate and inspire you to:
• INCREASE IN WISDOM, STATURE, AND FAVOR,
• ELEVATE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
• UNDERSTAND THE APPLICATION OF GOD'S WORD IN YOUR LIFE,
• MASTER THE POWER OF YOUR SPEAKING, AND
• ATTRACT GREATER PROSPERITY, HAPPINESS, FULFILLMENT, AND PURPOSE INTO YOUR LIFE
“Greg Amundson is a Spiritual Warrior, and his work will bless your life.”
— DAN BRULÉ, International bestselling author of "Just Breathe"
“Greg Amundson's books "Above All Else" and "The Warrior and the Monk" are inspiring, timely and courageously articulated perspectives on seeking (and discovering) a personal relationship with God.”
— ROBERT VERA, #1 Amazon bestselling author of "A Warrior's Faith"
“Greg’s ability to transcend boundaries and speak to the essence of spirituality is profound and encouraging.”
— SCOTT McEWEN, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of "American Sniper"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
GREG AMUNDSON is a former SWAT Officer, DEA Special Agent, U.S. Army Captain, and Krav Maga Black Belt, turned Law Enforcement Chaplain, Kokoro Yoga Instructor, and Masters of Divinity Graduate Student. He is the #1 bestselling author of "The Warrior and The Monk ~ A Fable About Fulfilling Your Potential and Finding True Happiness."
PULL-UPS IN PARADISE is the culmination and creative synthesis of GREG AMUNDSON’S biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary, in addition to 20 years of leadership within the CrossFit® community. In this monumental volume of work, Greg demonstrates that the bridge between teaching the principles of athleticism and the tenants of systematic theology are shorter than one might initially think.
PRAISE FOR PULL-UPS IN PARADISE
“Few claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior with as much enthusiasm, or as eloquently and boldly, as Greg does in his new book, Pull-ups in Paradise. Greg’s insightful and scholarly presentation of ‘The Word’ establishes him as a creditable defender of the Christian faith. Greg understands the connection between Mind, Body and Spirit, and how their integration impacts our ability to follow Jesus Christ, and he leads us on that journey with passion and purpose.”
— DR. RON GELLIS, PHD, Clinical, Forensic and Sports Neuropsychologist, and CEO of Integrated Recovery Foundation
"In the early days of CrossFit, Greg and I became 'famous' for the battles between us, as we demonstrated 'intensity,' in the classic CrossFit workouts. These battles with Greg never felt like we were pitted against each other, but instead, we had a feeling of being with each other. Greg's new book, Pull-ups in Paradise, will help show you that with Jesus, you can also be with those you coach, live with, and love, even through the most intense times life throws at you, and especially when the world is telling you it's all about you."
— JOSH EVERETT, CrossFit Level I Seminar Staff and Strength and Conditioning Coach to Collegiate Athletics and the DOD
“Greg Amundson’s new book, Pull-ups in Paradise, is the best book I’ve ever read on the integration of faith and fitness. Greg helps me understand theology in a way that is relatable, applicable to my life as a professional athlete and martial artist, and transformational in my relationship to God.”
— NATHAN MENDELSOHN, World Champion Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
“Greg Amundson has the profound ability to write with magical simplicity while maintaining rigorous research and reasoning. Pull-ups in Paradise brilliantly demonstrates this and will be cherished as his best book yet.”
— JASON REDMAN, Navy SEAL (Retired) and New York Times bestselling author of The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader
“Greg Amundson has been instrumental in helping me see within the pages of the Bible that God loves His warriors. The way that Greg explains theology and doctrine is life changing, and has affirmed in my thinking that God created me with certain skills, abilities, and unique talents that allow me to excel in boxing and in life.”
— ROBERT “THE GHOST” GUERRERO, Six-time World Champion Professional Boxer
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This concisely written book contains a lesson that you will cherish for a lifetime, for within its pages you discover the spiritual key to achieving inner peace, contentment, and tranquility. Bestselling author GREG AMUNDSON distills the essence of FORGIVENESS — the world's most powerful principle for managing stress, overcoming anxiety, reducing mental tension, clearing heartache, and achieving a sense of integrated confidence to navigate the ebb and flow of daily life. The spiritual key of forgiveness can be used to:
- DEVELOP JOYFUL THOUGHTS,
- FOLLOW YOUR LIFE MISSION AND PURPOSE,
- CULTIVATE SELF-DISCIPLINE TO ACT WITH INTEGRITY AND COURAGE,
- ACHIEVE DEEPER LEVELS OF INTIMACY, AND
- LIVE FULLY AND ABUNDANTLY, ONE DAY AT A TIME.
"This book is sensational and will change your life in a profound way." —DR. GABRIELLE LYON, DO, Special Operators Doctor for Task Force Dagger