98: Matt Bays | Finding God in the Ruins

Matt Bays (@MattBaysWriter) is a singer, songwriter, philanthropist, blogger, life coach and the author of Finding God In The Ruins: How God Redeems Pain.

Struggling with addiction in his twenties, and trauma from sexual, physical and emotional abuse as a child, Matt found himself in questioning his most basic understanding of his place in the world and his existence. 

What We Discuss with Matt Bays:

  • How Matt defined 'success' as young adult
  • How life's challenges forced him to rethink what success is
  • Why writing has become a method of processing his thoughts and emotions
  • Why it took him nearly a decade to write his first book
  • Matt's understanding of redemption
  • How Matt helps people feel less broken
  • Matt's ambitions for his future
  • How Matt exorcises negative personalities

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More About This Show

At 23, Matt, seeking meaning, found himself in the arms of a welcoming church and by age 25, he entered into ministry, applying his musical talents through worship.

More than 20 years later, Matt has a fiery passion for helping people pick up the pieces out of their brokenness and create their own story. 

Drawing upon his past experiences, hardships and circumstance, Matt wrote Finding God In The Ruins out of frustration with his circumstances- he was tired of letting God off the hook.

Saying "He is God and I'm not..." was no longer an excuse....

Instead, he started down a journey of figuring out what he thought about faith, and God and his place in the world. In his late 20's Matt began reconciling his past with his present, digging deep to understand how is experiences had affected his thinking.

If you aren’t familiar with Matt, you’re missing out. Matt is an author, speaker, songwriter and the founder of the non-profit Finding God in the Ruins, based out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

If you're interested in receiving a free copy for Matt's latest book Finding God In The Ruins, we are giving away 5 copies of his book. All you have to do is send an email to

Catch him on social media and check out his Youtube channel.

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