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Bear Grylls: Mud, Sweat & Tears

Star of Discovery Channel's "Man vs Wild" series, adventurer Bear Grylls reveals a side of him that many haven't seen. Read Transcript


THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF

BAD SWAMPS AND JUNGLES OVER

THE YEARS, BUT I LOVE THE

FACT THERE IS SUCH A STRONG

LINK BETWEEN SURVIVAL AND

LIFE.

Reporter: BEAR GRILLS

IS KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD AS

AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE RIST,

AND THE STAR OF "THE WILD."

BUT MOST PEOPLE AREN'T AWARE

OF HIS DEEP LOVE FOR GOD.

I ALWAYS HAD A NATURAL

FAITH AS A KID.

WHERE I KNEW GOD EXISTED,

AND IT FELT VERY NATURAL.

AND THEN I WENT TO SCHOOL,

AND FROM THERE IT ALL BECAME

MUCH MORE RELIGIOUS, AND IT

WAS ALL ABOUT CHURCH GOING,

AND PEOPLE TELLING YOU NOT

TO SMOKE BEHIND THE SHED

WHEN YOU WERE 12.

I WOULD GO, IF THAT'S GOD,

MAYBE I'VE GOT THE WHOLE

KIND OF DEAL WRONG, AND I

KIND OF DITCHED MY FAITH.

Reporter: BEAR GREW UP

ON THE ISLE OF WHITE IN

ENGLAND.

HE ALWAYS HAS HAD A

CLOSE-KNIT FAMILY AND HAS

ADDED A LOT OF FRIENDS ALONG

THE WAY.

IN HIS NEW BIOGRAPHY, "MUD,

SWEAT, AND TEARS," , BEAR

EXPLAINS HOW THE DOTH OF A

CLOSE FRIEND BROUGHT HIM

BACK TO HIS FAITH.

AT THE AGE OF 16, I LOST

MY GODFATHER.

WE WERE SUPER CLOSE.

TOTALLY OUT OF THE BLUE.

IT WAS A REAL SHOCK TO ME.

I REMEMBER HAVING WANTING TO

PRAY, BUT NOT KNOWING HOW

TO.

I REMEMBER SITTING OUT IN

THE STREET AND SAYING A VERY

SIMPLE PRAYER THAT SAID,

WILL YOU BE THAT FRIEND TO

ME THAT YOU WERE WHEN I WAS,

LIKE, FIVE AND SIX AND IT

FELT NATURAL.

AMEN.

THAT WAS ACTUALLY THE PRAYER

FOR THE FINDING OF FAITH.

I THINK LIFE NOW IS STILL A

CONTINUED JOURNEY OF NOT

LETTING TOO MUCH OF THE

RELIGIOUS STUFF CLOUD THE

HEART OF FAITH THAT IS VERY

SIMPLE.

IT IS ABOUT BEING LOVED.

IT IS BO ABOUT BEING

FORGIVEN.

Reporter: AT 23, HE

BECAME ONE OF THE YOUNGEST

PEOPLE EVER TO SCALE MT.

EVEREST.

HE RELIED ON PRAYER AND

SCRIPTURE THROUGHOUT THE

DEMOCRAT DANGEROUS AND

POTENTIALLY DEADLY CLIMB.

THAT'S WHAT I LOVED ABOUT

THE MOUNTAINS.

IT REQUIRES SOMETHING MORE

THAN JUST PHYSICAL.

Reporter: IN READING

YOUR BOOK, YOU TALKED BOWER

YOUR FAITH AS YOUR SECRET

FAITH.

IT WAS LIKE A BACKBONE

THAT SUSTAINED ME, AT THOSE

TIMES WHEN YOU'RE AT YOUR

WIT'S END AND YOU HAVE

NOTHING MORE TO GIVE.

Reporter: HIS

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HAS

CARRIED HIM THROUGH THEM

ALL.

THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN THAT

FAITH HAS BEEN THE WILDEST

RIDE.

JESUS CHRIST WAS THE

WILDEST, MOST RADICAL GUY

YOU WOULD EVER COME ACROSS.

HE WAS ALWAYS HANGING OUT

WITH PROSTITUTES.

AND I FOUND MYSELF DRAWN

THAT THAT CHARACTER.

NOT THE BOX OF RELIGION.

I ALWAYS GET ASKED BY PEOPLE

RELIGIOUS QUESTIONS, AND

SOMETIMES I GO, I DON'T

KNOW, BUT I KNOW I'M LOVED.

THAT'S THE ALERT TO

CHRISTIANITY.

THAT CAN BE A LIFETIME

JOURNEY, TO WEIGH THROUGH

ALL OF THE KIND OF STUFF TO

GET TO THAT.

Reporter: FROM THE

HOUSEWIFE OR THE ACCOUNTANT

WHO SAYS I CAN'T CLIMB

EVEREST, I CAN'T TRACK

THROUGH THE JUNGLES, BUT I

WANT TO HAVE ADVENTURE.

HOW CAN I DO THAT?

EVERYONE WANTS ADVENTURE,

AND IT'S GREAT.

I HANG OUT ALL OF THE TIME

WITH KIDS AND YOUNG SCOUTS,

AND I NEVER MEET KIDS WHO

DON'T WANT AN ADVENTURE.

BUT LIFE TELLS US YOU'VE GOT

TO BE MORE SENSIBLE.

AND LIFE IS A JOURNEY OF NOT

GROWING OUT OF IT, REALLY.

BUT THE THING IS, YOU DON'T

HAVE TO CLIMB EVEREST FOR

YOU TO GET THE HEART OF WHAT

ADVENTURE IS.

ADVENTURE IS ABOUT THE

CONNECTION AND THE BONDS YOU

CREATE WITH PEOPLE WHEN

YOU'RE THERE.

AND YOU CAN HAVE THAT

ANYWHERE.

THE JOY FOR ME IS CLIMBING A

LITTLE THING.

NOT TOO STEEP.

I DO IT WITH MY 8-YEAR-OLD,

AND WE TAKE SOME TEA.

AND WE SIT ON A LEDGE AND

HAVE SOME TEA.

THAT'S ADVENTURE AND THE

MAGIC OF ADVENTURE IN A

NUTSHELL.

Reporter: BEAR AND HIS

WIFE, SHARA, ARE THE PARENTS

OF THREE ENERG ENERGETIC

BOYS.

SO WHETHER HE IS JUMPING

FROM GREAT HEIGHTS OR BURIED

UP TO HIS NECK, BEAR HAS MET

THE LESSONS OF FAITH.

I THINK MY FAITH THROUGH

THAT JOURNEY IS A HARD

THING.

I FOUND IT HARD TO TALK

ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME.

IT TAKES A PROUD MAN TO SAY

HE NEVER NEEDS ANY HELP.

I'M NOT THAT MAN NOW.

I LOVE THAT VERSE THAT SAYS

YOU'RE BLESSED WHEN YOU'RE

AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE.

WHEN THERE IS LE LESS OF

YOU, THERE IS MORE GOD.

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