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Doug Giles Reflects on the Death of Matthew Perry and Living Purposefully

Perry is the living embodyment of 'be careful what you ask for, you just might get it'

When news broke that Matthew Perry drowned in the hot tub in his Los Angeles home, the world was thrown for a loop. He was only 54 years old.

Early reports showed no signs of drugs or foul play. We were told it was a heart attack in a hot tub. When his assistant came back to the house from running an errand and found him in distress, it was already too late to help him.

He lived a life that other people can only dream of. Years before, he had prayed to God that he would be famous one day.

Perry’s life is a reminder that it’s good that God doesn’t always answer every prayer we make. The very thing Perry so desperately wanted is the thing that destroyed him.

In his latter years he finally realized that he had been trying to fill an emptiness on the inside with something outside of him.

Whether or not he ever finally found the One Thing that Augustine told us can fill that emptiness, the Book is now closed on his life, and he is settling his accounts before the Audience of One.

This life we cling to hangs by the slenderest of threads.

It matters how we live it.

That’s the jumping-off point on the show with Eric Metaxas this week. (Video at top of page.)

The book we were talking about is right here, too:

Lionhearted: Making Young Christian Males Rowdy Biblical Men

Dear young Christian male, this book you’re about to read is meant to challenge you to your very core. Its intent is not to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Some of the chapters will upset you greatly, especially if you’re a dandy who was raised with kid gloves by a helicopter mommy.

That said, in addition to the holy introspection contained herein, this book will also shoot adrenaline into your soul. It’ll push you to be a Godly risk taker and earth shaker. A veritable Rebel With A Cause just like the Captain of Our Salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you want a feel-good book that tickles your ears and morphs you into a little Christian popinjay, this tome ain’t for you. You should put this book down and walk away from it immediately. However, if, young man, if … your motto is to give God your utmost for His highest, and you wanna live a life worthy of Christ’s death, then this book will be grist for your mill.

Get your copy of Lionhearted: Making Young Christian Males Rowdy Biblical Men TODAY!

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is Pastor of Liberty Fellowship in Wimberley, TX, and is the founder of (290M+ page views). Giles is also the author of the NEW book, The Wildman Devotional: A 50 Day Devotional For Men. Follow Doug on Instagram and Truth Social at @thegilesway and on Twitter @TheArtOfDoug.