Powerful and poetic, "Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places offers us a heart opening view of the perfection of all the circumstances of life. Matthew Cox's beautifully written story clearly reminds us that not only do our cracked places - our heart breaking experiences - allow light to shine in the dark night of our soul but these cracks allow us to offer our light, in a more expansive way to the world. And isn't this what the world is asking of each of us right now - to truly live an inspired life in service of a harmonious, just and sustainable human society, or even simply Heaven on Earth?"
Susyn Reeve, author The Inspired Life (Fall 2011)
"How would you respond when a simple family disagreement turns into an arrest warrant? Would you lash out, become angry, or possibly depressed? Or, would you go within and find a place of peace and contentment while knowing that “all things work together for good.” Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places chronicles the six weeks of Matthew Cox's life when he learns that freedom isn’t about location. It is about perspective. This is a message we all need to hear."
The Messenger Network
"I have not read an author with such a unique view and insights since Neale Donald Walsch’s book, Conversations with God. Matthew Cox gives the reader a view inside his deepest thoughts. If you want to expand your mind, stretch the concepts that currently define your life and discover a richness of love and understanding, then this book is for you.
This is an honest and fresh story of struggles and events that happen to a real family and a normal person. How does a “normal” person become incarcerated for hugging their children and still come out of the experience with strong positive feelings? How would anyone react to a sudden arrest, upheaval of a family with 8 children, removal of children from the home, betrayal by extended family, unfounded accusations and indictment? This is a remarkable story of the dramatic events of this family chronicled by a man with the courage to share his story. Open your mind and experience the insights, conclusions and discovery of how the author achieved a phenomenal level of growth, love and understanding for people and events through his journey with the legal system."
Nancy Moureau, PICC Excellence
RN, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, Business Consultant
“A miracle is a shortcut in time and space.” So writes author Matt Cox, as he details his experiences behind bars and delves into his own inner space as a means of coping and growing through active loving. Full if hidden gems, this book is a roadmap for well-being; even through the curveballs of life.
Guardian Ad Litem
Co-Author, New Hampshire Practice Series, Family Law
I am enormously impressed and influenced by parts of your book... it might even change the way I behave.
Your manuscript is very interesting, especially for its glimpse into life in jail for those who have never been there. I was very moved at how you decided to apply your philosophy to your experience.
Sanfa Fe, NM
I just had to let you know I finished your book last night and am deeply moved by all that I read. I'm still processing because so many parts resonated with me. Your grace and courage under so much pressure will continue to amaze me and has taught me sooooo much! I plan to read it again, more slowly this time, and just wanted you to know I'm so glad you wrote it. Please put me down for the second book, too!