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You want to make a difference . . . but how? Change your life---and the world---by taking just one step of faith! Moving you from ideas to action, Jaggard shows how braving a small risk can result in a big advance for the gospel. Discover how to train yourself for action, create a culture of initiative, and more. 224 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307730611
ISBN-13: 9780307730619
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Develop the Art of Self-Challenge
 
Tired of dreaming about changing your life? Ready to change it? You came to the right place.
 
Jason Jaggard has developed a simple, direct way to practice the art of self-challenge. It requires a willingness to take healthy risks and is energized by the involvement of a small group of fellow risk-takers.
 
Here are just a few of the Spark insights that lead to lasting change:
· More resources are available to you than you realize.
· Living a changed life works best when a few friends get involved.
· When you relearn what "good" is, you experience more goodness in your life.
· Taking a healthy risk is always worth it, even if you fail.

When you practice the art of self-challenge, you notice that your life and the world around you start changing for the better. It involves doing the one thing that only you can do: take responsibility for your life. So go ahead and take your first risk: open this book and start reading.
 

Author Bio

JASON JAGGARD is CEO/Founder of Spark Good, a company passionate about unleashing creative potential in individuals and organizations. He is the creator of Spark Groups, an experience thousands of people worldwide have participated in at universities, corporations, faith communities, non-profits, homeless shelters, and in other settings. Before starting Spark Good, Jason worked on staff at Mosaic, a community of faith in Los Angeles. Jason teaches at Pepperdine University and speaks to a wide variety of audiences across the country.

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Praise for Spark

"I expected to come away from reading Spark impressed with Jason Jaggard’s thoughts and encouraged by his stories. But I was also inspired to start taking my own risks to make a difference in small ways and big. This book is a valuable tool for anyone looking to move from contemplating life to fully living it."
— Mike Gogis, Willow Creek Association chief financial officer

"Jason’s flair for writing makes Spark as enjoyable to read as it is insightful. His drumbeat is that small risks often lead to dramatic transformations. Jason offers encouragement to everyone who seeks to make their lives and the world around them better, one risk at a time."
— Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University

"Game changer! It’s a term that is used to describe the monumental changes that occur in an array of spheres—from politics to the music industry to sports and everything in between. Spark is a game changer for life and those who desire to live life loud."
— Dr. Marcus "Goodie" Goodloe, catalyst at Mosaic, a Los Angeles faith community

"Spark will ignite you. Jason Jaggard invites everyone into movement by creating beautiful spaces (Spark Groups) where each person embraces the genesis of change. Spark reveals an author with a contagious passion for others and the willingness to walk by your side as you take meaningful risks. Anyone will benefit from reading this book, and bold readers will be charged, challenged, and changed."
— Brian Kammerzelt, assistant professor and chair of communications at Moody Bible Institute; founder and director of The Just Life Spark

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  1. Minot, ND
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Spark - you can ignite it or extinguish it
    November 2, 2013
    AlandWynda
    Minot, ND
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Jason Jaggard's book is a relatively quick an easy read. However, his writing style is not typical. Rather than the usual paragraphs and transitions, his style is more reminiscent of the book of James where the author has a series of thoughts, which may or may not be connected, that he is trying to get across to the readers. That said the author provides many insights which can be helpful, if readers take them to heart and apply them. Some of these include:

    • Leadership is impact and everyone impacts those around them in some way. What impact do you make?

    • Character is a defining mark and our character is defined by our impact.

    • Jesus taught that all who desire to be extraordinary human beings must serve others.

    • Today, your actions affect only a small number of people, but that's now. Tomorrow things will change and now turns into tomorrow quicker than you think.

    • It's not enough to know the information; you have to move to application. To make the move you need to have will.

    • Good is not the absence of evil; it is the opposite of evil. People fixate on removing the negative influences in their lives, but they don't fill the void with anything positive.

    • We should stop living lives of convenience and comfort and focus on living a life of meaning.

    • God's favorite gift is to give us the opportunity to serve others.

    These and other insights prod readers to think, evaluate, and re-evaluate all of the things they are involved in and to ponder what small risks they may take, initially by themselves, and then with others, to make both their lives and the world a better place.

    Think of this book like the first step on the journey, but the final destination will the one you choose.

    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing as part of the Blogging for Books Program in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  2. Denver
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good introduction to risk taking
    June 5, 2013
    Justin
    Denver
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Jason Jaggard's book Spark walks the reader through the importance of being able to answer: "What is one risk I can take this week that either makes me a better person or the world a better place?" It's a challenging read, not in the sense of linguistics or grammer, but with what it does to you on the inside. It forces the reader to take a step back and see just how "in shape" their life really is. Essentially, a spark is the ignition behind a bigger change, a chance for us to use our God-given gifts and abilities for the benefit of others.

    Risk-taking (and in a more Christian sense "Kingdom advancement") is all about flexing and exercising our will to do so. When God prompts us to take a risk (pray for that person, give them money, accept this person into your home, share a meal with that family) and we ignore it, it really is no wonder that we stop hearing God prompt us to take risks.

    Risks don't have to be big; in fact Jaggard says that they shouldn't be. He defines good risks as: immediate, controllable, challenging, and positive. Good risks are time sensitive, should engage our imagination, and stretch us to grow.

    As a chronic reader, I understand Jaggard's critique of being over educated. Our problem, in his words, is not being undereducated. In reality, we have the opposite problem: we are overeducated. Our problem lies not in our access to information, but in our ability to use and apply it.

    "We keep learning, but we keep missing the reality that we possess the God-given capability to translate what we know into how we live. Nine times out of ten, we know the right thing to do, but we lack the will to carry it out_" (page 73)

    In this book, Jaggard provides practical steps forward as well as an encouraging writing style. He is engaging and insightful and does a nice job of convincing the reader that they actually can make a difference in the world.

    Bottom line: Definitely worth a read, especially if you can get a five week Spark Group going and find a huddle of people willing to answer that all important question, "What is one risk I can take this week that either makes me a better person or the world a better place?"

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    Disclaimer: I reviewed a free copy of this book through the BloggingForBooks program offered by WaterBrook Multnomah publishing. I was in no way compensated for this review and all views are solely and completely my own. I was not required to offer a positive review either through the publisher or author.
  3. The Netherlands, Europe
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Incoherent
    December 5, 2012
    Jan Willem
    The Netherlands, Europe
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Although the author has a nice style and a potentially good message, the book is incoherent and patchy. It is a nice read, but nothing really settles. As the author himself states it in the book, he is an entertaining speaker (and writer), but afterwards it is hard to remember what exactly was the point. Fortunately the back of the book provides a clue, which is something like this: change your world by taking one small risk at a time each week. Think about this in a quasi-religious context.
  4. Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You cannot read this book and stay the same.
    November 16, 2012
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Spark is not your average "self-help" book. I'm not even sure you can classify it that way.

    Jason writes real and raw.

    The whole point of the book is to learn to take little risks everyday that are based on two questions,

    what can I do today to better myself?

    What can I do today to better the world?

    Jason shares a lot of stories in this book which will help keep your attention. He also helps you see what risks look like by sharing some that he has taken before.

    You cannot read this book and stay the same.

    I was challenged the entire time, but more than that I actually did some of the things I was most afraid of doing after reading through chapters 1-4 (which are superb).

    If you're looking for an easy read that will challenge you and help you live life a little better for the glory of God then I suggest you pick up this book. It's so good.

    Note: I received this book for free from the publisher.
  5. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Become A Fiery Particle That Will Inspire & Stimul
    September 23, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jason Jaggard in his new book, "Spark" published by Waterbrook Press shows us how to Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time.

    From the Back cover: Unleash change in the world. One Spark at a time.

    Ask yourself this: What's the one thing I could do this week to have an impact on the world around me?

    Does the idea of acting on the answer to that question get your heart beating a little faster? If so, you're probably connecting with an explosive opportunity. God has placed enormous potential inside you for a lifestyle of risk-taking that leads to creative joy, love, strength and peace. All of that needs to be unleashed, one spark at a time.

    As Jason Jaggard explains, change begins when you question much of what you've been taught and start looking at life in a different way.

    Consider these questions:

    What does it look like to intentionally take healthy risks?

    Why do the standard ways that we learn things almost always leave us unchanged?

    How can we learn in new ways so we can more rapidly become who we are meant to be?

    If you desire to do what it takes to change your life and the world, use Spark as a catalyst to start today. Partner with God and others to accomplish something beautiful that serves humanity.

    When you step outside your comfort zone, your experience of life will become more vibrant and full_

    Your world will begin to change. One Spark at a time.

    The Dictionary defines "Spark" as, "an ignited or fiery particle such as is thrown off by burning wood or produced by one hard body striking against another." or "anything that activates or stimulates; inspiration or catalyst." Jason Jaggard feels that all we have to do is take one small risk and that one action will be the spark that will ignite our world and be the catalyst for change in ourselves. We manage to get comfortable in our routines. We do practically the same things every day, we may be busy but we are busy in our comfortable routines. We need to create a spark that will ignite something not only in our lives but in the world around us. Jason Jaggard walks us through what we need to know so that change can begin in us and the sparks can ignite. To start the car we need a spark. To get us going in a new manner we also need a spark. Jason Jaggard does a much better job in his book, "Spark" than I ever will. I recommend reading this book and experiencing how to spark new into our lives. You will be blessed. I recommend this book highly!

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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