Bear signs his book “Your Papa,” Papa being historically a very familiar and intimate address for one’s father. Reading the signature reminded me of a dear pastor of mine who often refers to God’s title of Abba – which translates best to the term “Papa” or “Daddy.” Bear gives advice to his sons as though he were wrestling or cuddling with them, unafraid to be either tender or firm. His style and words remind me so much of God’s heart for his children, much of which we can see through his Scriptures. So much of it can be seen through daily life, his gentle voice speaking to us through the little things. God gives us sunrises; Grylls advises, “Watch a sunrise occasionally.” God instilled in humanity an amazing capacity for technical skills and hard work, and an ache for music; Grylls suggests, “Learn to play an instrument.” 

In short, Grylls’ desire to see his children be happy, full human beings is a beautiful reflection of our Heavenly Father’s desires for us to be full, happy human beings. It is a constant struggle to heed God’s frequent calls to be selfless, humble, and full of love, but Grylls is not shy about giving this very call to his sons. If you were to flip through To My Sons, Grylls’ loving words would draw your mind to the Heavenly Father’s love for his children, and inspire you as Grylls himself is clearly inspired.

The wildly popular TV host Bear Grylls is an internationally known adventurer, author, and motivational speaker. But what he really wants you to know about him is that he has a wonderful wife, Shara, and three incredible sons, Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry. Bear and his family live on a small island off the Welsh coast and a barge on London's River Thames.

 Debbie Wright is Assistant Editor for Family Content at Crosswalk. She lives in Glen Allen, Virginia and is an avid writer, reader, and participant in local community theatre.

Publication date: June 26, 2012