Jesus said in John 12:46 that He came into the world as a light so those who believe Him will no longer stay in darkness. Say Goodbye, darkness is Matt’s testimony of how his belief in Christ helped him overcome the dark forces that held him hostage for many years. The main theme of this book is that Satan is powerless, and that there is a way out of the darkness that may hold you captive. With Bible cross-references for many of the poems in this book, Matt encourages you to read your bible to gain an insight as to where he gained his inspiration for the poems. There is hope, there is life; it is found in Jesus Christ. Through reading Say Goodbye, darkness, it is Matt’s hope that you will see that you do not have to allow darkness to hold you down anymore.
I was born in Honolulu, and eventually adopted in Colorado when I was three. My adoptive family and I moved to the Maryland area when I was six. Growing up, I learned little about God other than He did exist, and that religion is terrible (my adoptive dad grew up Catholic but abandoned all faith/religion/belief when he was in high school).
When, I was fourteen I attended a baptist church with my mom for a bit. While I was there I became a Christian at a revival after I heard "Worlds Apart" by Jars of Clay. I, however, (retrospectively) was the seed planted among thorns, and my faith never gained root nor grew. I do not know if it was my infatuation with my girlfriend at the time, or the youth ministry's inability to disciple young Christians, but that is how it went down.
Already struggling with identity issues and other psychological issues, I ran away from Jesus just about as fast as I ran to Him. I chose fitting in, sex, drugs, and alcohol over pursuing Him. I wanted to be one of the guys, and was tired of being seen as an outsider. Sooner or later, by age twenty-one, my life spiraled out of control and I hit rock bottom. My life is a testimonty to God's grace.
-I have a A.A. in General Business, B.S. in Religion, and am working towards my MBA with a specialization in Project Management
-I have two books of poetry published: one prior to selling out to Christ, and one after
-I enjoy music, and attend concerts frequently
-I enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers, legal dramas, and true crime -I enjoy Sci-fi, drama, horror, comedy, and thrillers
-I prefer the outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and fishing