Author and adventurer to speak at local church on finding fulfillment

PHOTO PROVIDED Joel Malm, author of "Fully You," sailing the San Juan Islands.

Celebrating the release of his book “Fully You,” author and adventurer Joel Malm will be in the city to speak about how people can fully become themselves and lead more fulfilling lives.

The talk is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at Northway Community Church, 1680 Four Mile Drive.

Malm, a world traveler, has led many groups through various adventures across the globe to physically challenge themselves and their spiritual faith to help inspire their journeys in getting to know themselves and their relationship with God. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to exploring the Scottish Highlands, he has happily led groups through rough terrain in hopes of expanding their horizons more than just physically.

“Change of place and change of pace and getting a new perspective on life. The greatest journey, the most fascinating journey is figuring out who you are and then living that way.” Malm said. “That’s what God wants for us all.”

“Fully You” was released in March, and is a follow-up to Malm’s previous book, “Vision Map.”

“I wrote a book, ‘Vision Map,’ about how to start stuff. A lot of people get something going, a lot of them come to me and say, ‘Hey, I got everything I thought I wanted. I’m looking ahead, and I feel like there’s more in me to be tapped … why am I still feeling so limited?’ “ he said. “So, I wrote a new book, ‘Fully You.’ “

He said the new book is about the power of who people truly are.

Malm met the Rev. J.J. Shimko, lead pastor of Northway Community Church, during an adventure hike Malm was hosting to Machu Picchu, Peru.

“It’s about really understanding our identity in Christ and what we’re created for. I’ve got my hands on the first chapters … I’m excited,” Shimko said.

He said hearing Malm speak will be beneficial to anyone who comes out.

“I think it’s a common thing that most people are struggling to find out how to get through life, whether financially or raising a family, just to discover what the next adventure might be,” he said. “Whether you’re a believer or a non-believer, we all have a sense of wanting more.”

Malm said these deeper questions often come to people later in life.

“When we’re in our 20s and 30s, we’re going so fast we don’t have time to sit around and think about stuff. You’re just trying to live,” he said. “In your 40s and 50s, you start to think about where you are and where you want to be.”

He said many people struggle with abandonment, rejection or humiliation. They can carry these issues throughout their whole lives.

“What happens is we live our lives unknowingly trying to protect ourselves from those bad feelings,” he said. “At some point, you look around, and to get to the next level, you have to deal with the stuff inside.”

He said in order to reach full potential, some of these inner issues must be addressed.

“Sometimes you have to overcome those mental blocks you’ve been carrying around because of hurt or bad mindsets,” Malm said. “A lot of times our greatest frustrations in life, in love and relationships are results of hiding who we really are.”

Shimko said Malm is great at helping people get out of their comfort zones in order to help learn more about themselves.

“It can help people to understand who they are and not just struggle over making it through life. It’s really grabbing hold of what God has created them for … Trying to find those markers in life and things that cause them to rise above, get through day to day situations and be excited not only for today but tomorrow and for the future,” Shimko said.

For more information on Malm, visit his website at or visit to learn about his expeditions.

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