A lot of books make me think. Some inspire me. Some teach me. Some are encouraging. Some make me laugh. And some are just written so well that they are a pleasure to read.
Jeff Goins has written a book that is every one of those. Truly. Every one.
Jeff’s book is about getting “wrecked.” Wrecked by the hurt, brokenness, and injustice around us. But it’s not about getting wrecked in a way that bathes us with guilt every time we see a problem or injustice in the world. It is about living such eyes-wide-open and life-fully-engaged lives that we can’t help having our hearts broken by the things that break Jesus’ heart. And then doing something about it.
That’s the word I can’t get out of my mind since reading Wrecked. Every page of Jeff’s book oozes with an encouragement to do. Do life. Do justice. Do mercy. Do compassion. Do…something.
This is the very first section I highlighted in the preview copy Jeff sent me to read:
If we are to follow the Jesus who suffered with us and bled for us, we too must suffer. We must hold the dying in our arms. We must shed tears for hungry stomachs, trafficked children, and wandering souls. This is what He wants for us. It’s the reason we are called to lay down our nets and take up our crosses to pursue the Suffering Servant. And it’s the one thing we will avoid at all costs.
It is not enough to feel bad. Religion to me, has always been the routine of feeling guilty for all the things we should do but don’t. We must act. This is where life happens, where we begin to participate in our stories. This is when we awaken. Not on the sidelines; not on the outside looking in. Life is lived right in the midst of all this mess. Incidentally, that’s where mercy and the miraculous are found. That’s where flowers begin to grow again. –Jeff Goins
Rarely do we get to see, meet, and interact with the people who write the books we read. I met Jeff about three months ago. We live on opposite sides of the country, so I’m not going to pretend that we’re best friends.
But I have seen and interacted with him enough to know that he strives to live out what he writes. We have communicated on Twitter, email, and Facebook. He has encouraged me and pointed me in the right direction with my own blogging. He has listened. And he has served.
I could not recommend this book more highly. Buy it. Read it. Then do something!
The book launches today (Wednesday, August 1).
Obviously, the first week of a book’s release is a big one. Jeff is giving away a ton of stuff (worth $158) for people who buy it by midnight on Saturday (August 4). Find out more here.