The Guide

Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking

Narrated by Greg Munck
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Pub Date Jul 11 2023 | Archive Date Jun 13 2024
The Core Media Group, Inc. | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Audiobooks

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Life with a drug-addicted father meant sleeping with one eye open, nervously anticipating but not knowing what chaotic event would happen next. Whether it was having a shotgun placed against his head or snorting cocaine at 13 with his dad, the unpredictable and unwanted were Greg Munck’s normal. But just when the anxiety and anger inside of him were starting to vent and rumble, the United States Marines and a long boat ride to Kuwait to fight in the Gulf War intervened to change the trajectory—and eternity—of a 20-year-old warfighter gifted by God to lead men.

Simple, emotional, and visceral, this story is about earth’s brokenness, God’s presence, and the true significance that resonates deep in the soul of everyone. To be great and to do great things are embedded in the heart of everyone, but the process of becoming that person demands courage, perseverance, and faith. Fighting the good fight isn’t easy, but under the right leadership, we see that overwhelming odds can be overcome and that our truest purpose can be discovered. In The Guide: Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking, Greg Munck invites you into his life so that you can discover the bravery to face and win your biggest emotional and spiritual battles. 

Life with a drug-addicted father meant sleeping with one eye open, nervously anticipating but not knowing what chaotic event would happen next. Whether it was having a shotgun placed against his head...

A Note From the Publisher

Kenny Luck (Foreward)

Kenny Luck (Foreward)

Advance Praise

"I remember when I first met Greg Munck and heard his amazing story of how he came to faith at our first Harvest Crusade. This book is raw and real. I know you will find hope in these pages as Greg reveals how God changed the trajectory of his life. I recommend it!" - Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor Harvest, Best Selling Author Jesus Revolution

"The Guide pours its heart and soul into every written word. It's a nonstop, page turner. A confessional that apologizes to no one, not even G-d. I chose to read The Guide. I feel like a better person. I feel like I live in a better world. The rest is up to us."

- Daniel Frisch, TV/Film Producer, Daisy Jones & The Six

"The Guide is a wonderful kaleidoscope of unseen humanity that is rarely discussed but is universally felt. If your courage and your soul need reinforcement - and whose doesn't- then dive into this story. The Guide is the story of anyone who longs for honor and significance but struggles in their quest to secure it."

- Kenny Luck, Founder Every Man, Best Selling Author Overflow, FailSafe, Dangerous Good, Being God's Man Series

"Greg has become an unstoppable force for good, helping to liberate the oppressed with the Message of Freedom. The Guide is an intense spiritual fight, good against evil. It's a riveting message that gives anyone who is broken or hurting a sense of hope. It's a must-read!"

- Dr. Damon Friedman, Lt Col USAF Special Operations (Combat Controller), 3x Bronze Star Recipient, Speaker, Founder SOF Missions, Author Igniting Movements

"Rarely is there a book that captivates the sense of redemption as illuminating as The Guide. Greg Munck bravely takes the reader on a battle-tested journey of self-discovery. His anecdotes are not only heartbreaking but hilarious. Greg manages to weave in the fabric of humor in these horrific stories in such a way that the reader can't help to not only root for him but learn from him. I promise after reading this book the reader will feel like he can break on through to the other side and defeat any challenger that comes their way."

- Keith Mitchell, Screenwriter (Mr. 3000, Eddie, The Sandlot:3), CEO

"Greg Munck describes almost every area of his life in this real, raw book. I hope this book challenges you to look beyond temporary success and discover true satisfaction in Jesus Christ!"

- Jeff Struecker, US Army Ranger, Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia (Black Hawk Down), Silver Star Recipient, Pastor 2 Cities Church, Speaker, Author

"I heartily recommend Greg's breakthrough book, "The Guide." The stories in this book will inspire you, bring you to tears, and have you laughing until your sides ache. Greg's story is raw, real, and a testimony to the love and power of Jesus Christ. "The Guide" will be the most inspirational book you have ever read."

- JP Jones, Senior Pastor Crossline Church, Speaker, Author Facing Goliath

"Let me get straight to the point here - The Guide is a remarkable book. Filled with honest emotions, patriotism, passion, scary war stories, some R-rated experiences, and humor, it takes you on an intricate journey into Greg's life, and more importantly, how God redeemed and used every part it to bring glory to Jesus and lead many people to the foot of the Cross. Get it...and read until the very last page. You'll be glad you did."

- Bub Kuns, Writer, Producer, Director, Founder Veracity Colab & Former PragerU Chief Content Officer

"Whoever you are, you'll find hope here. Greg has done what so few of us do—vulnerably and yet powerfully invite the world to see what's going on inside every man. The prose will win you over as stories of triumph and defeat, courage and fear, whimsy and seriousness, pride and shame deliver what this book promises to do—guide us onward through the journey of life. Read this book!"

- Ricky Jenkins, Senior Pastor Southwest Church, Speaker

"I have been listening to Greg tell "stories" since I met him. He has provided a perfectly transparent glimpse in to life-changing moments, that most people would never reveal. I have laughed and cried, but over all his stories have inspired me".

- Jason Park, Pastor, Former Assistant Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff's Department

Critique: Impressively well written and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "The Guide: Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking" is a quality and unreservedly recommended pick for personal and community library Contemporary American Biography and Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections.

Synopsis: An inherently interesting combination personal memoir and self-help guide, "The Guide: Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking" by Greg Munck will revolutionize the way you approach life's struggles.In "The Guide: Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking", Munck takes his readers on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery, revealing the secrets to finding true purpose and greatness. With inspiring stories and practical advice, "The Guide: Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking" will empower you to take control of your life, find courage in the face of adversity, and build an unshakeable faith in yourself and God.

The readers of "The Guide: Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking" will: Learn the secrets for facing and winning emotional and spiritual battles; Discover how to unlock their true purpose and discover greatness; Gain the courage to take control and overcome adversity; Develop an unshakable faith in themselves and in God."

The Guide: Survival, Warfighting, Peacemaking" is Greg's deeply personal story of how he faced his own struggles head-on, overcoming an unpredictable and chaotic childhood with a drug-addicted father to becoming a combat-promoted United States Marine in the Gulf War.

- James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

"I remember when I first met Greg Munck and heard his amazing story of how he came to faith at our first Harvest Crusade. This book is raw and real. I know you will find hope in these pages as Greg...

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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 8192564231094
PRICE $19.95 (USD)
DURATION 8 Hours, 25 Minutes

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Whew. This is a raw and vulnerable autobiography of a man who has lived to the hilt every opportunity that has crossed his path. He has a “no holds barred” approach to living life and telling his story. I don’t want to give spoilers, but if you are looking to be inspired, challenged, and entertained, I think you will find those in this book.

Huge thank you to Greg Munck for taking the time to share your story.

Huge thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to experience this audiobook.

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Better Than Goggins

This was inspirational and an engaging read.

So much of this book reminded me of David Goggins, but I enjoyed this book so much more!
It especially reminded me of Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, but I would much sooner recommend The Guide.

I really loved Munck's writing. It was very thoughtful, deep, and exciting.

It was quite a riveting story of abuse and trauma (of a few different levels).

I highly recommend this book! Check it out, and you will be changed for the better!


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What an amazingly candid testimony from this author and believer. I especially appreciated how he tied everything back to how God was working behind the scenes and found myself feeling embarrassed along side him during some of his experiences and wondered if I would have the same courage to write these things down myself.

As a former Army soldier, I found myself laughing along with the experiences from Basic Training. It’s amazing how life-altering they felt at the time but how ridiculous and funny/stupid they feel looking back. I did not get the opportunity to serve my country in combat during the Iraq war but I really wanted to go. I appreciated how the author also spoke candidly about those experiences.

I found myself, periodically, thinking who may also find this story worth hearing and my Marine Corp father and my Marine Corp brother came to mind, not only for obvious reasons but for personal reasons as well.

It is amazing how the author’s story is so relatable even if you didn’t live through the same experiences he did. You can still relate to his feelings and that makes you wonder how you would have responded at the time.

I was able to listen to the audio version of this book, read by the author, thanks to NetGalley.

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"The Guide" by Greg Munck is a powerful and deeply personal memoir that chronicles the author's journey from a tumultuous childhood marked by addiction and chaos to finding purpose and faith as a United States Marine.

From a young age, Munck faced the unpredictable and often terrifying reality of life with a drug-addicted father. His experiences, from having a shotgun placed against his head to engaging in drug use at a shockingly young age, paint a vivid picture of the challenges he endured. However, Munck's story takes a dramatic turn when he joins the Marines and is deployed to Kuwait to fight in the Gulf War.

Munck's writing is simple yet poignant, conveying the raw emotions and visceral experiences of his life with clarity and authenticity. His journey is one of courage, perseverance, and ultimately, faith. Through the trials and tribulations he faces, Munck discovers his true purpose and finds solace in his faith.

What sets "The Guide" apart is its message of hope and resilience. Munck's story serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and the transformative impact of faith. As readers follow Munck's journey, they are inspired to confront their own battles with courage and determination.

Overall, "The Guide" is a compelling and inspiring memoir that offers a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. Munck's story is a testament to the power of faith and the ability to overcome even the most daunting challenges. It is a book that will resonate with readers and leave a lasting impact.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I genuinely enjoyed this and felt motivated by it. WHAT A LIFE. This guys perspective was great and I especially appreciated the end of it. I hope and desire to be that confident in my faith that I know what choices are best for my family and my career like what he did.

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I will start by saying this autobiography by Greg Munck is an amazing story that had me feeling so many emotions. As I listened to Greg tell the story of his life, from getting beat up by his brother, to being told to do cocaine with his drug addicted father at a young age, I couldn't help but wonder what become of Greg as an adult.

He joined the Marines right out of high school and was chosen as the leader of his boot camp group. He shares his stories of how he was chosen, some of which are funny, and he also shares stories of his times in the battlefields. These are raw, real, stories. He has a strong sense of faith and many times throughout his story, he writes the prayers he said. His life and this audiobook is one that is heartbreaking, funny, faithful, but truly one of self discovery.

I recommend this to anyone who loves reading about military stories or reading about rising from the bottom and finding your way with faith and music.. Thank you, NetGalley and The Core Media Group, Inc for this advanced copy of the audiobook in return for my honest opinion.

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Let me start by saying that I am probably not the target audience for this book, however I was still encouraged, challenged and drawn in to Greg’s testimony. I truly believe that people who share their experiences with others are brave and courageous. Greg did not have a perfect childhood (who has?), but his was worse than many (and working as an addiction counselor for over 30 years - I have heard many). I appreciated his openness and vulnerability. He shared his experiences with the military as well as how he came into serving Jesus and being in the ministry. For the most part he gave God all the glory - with exception to his secular job(s). They way he spoke on this appeared as though he was putting himself on the pedestal.

Overall I enjoyed this.

Thank you Greg Munck for sharing your testimony. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy.

All opinions are my own.

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