Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time - eBook
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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
As Christians, we are called to take a step of faith for Christ, to change ourselves, and perhaps by doing that, to change those we encounter along the way. Go and Do is an invitation for all of us to join in the adventure of Gods story arc. It is an opportunity to understand why so many are finding such satisfaction and joy in reaching out to others. It is a chance to climb on board and discover exactly what role each of us can play in actively engaging this world as we, too, go and do.
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Saved by GracePittsburgh PaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5WOWMarch 3, 2013Saved by GracePittsburgh PaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow is all I can say. I think this book hits the nail on the head. If God changes us then we can help change others. I think that Jay does a great job of making this point. I'm the first to understand that we all do not have the money or time to travel all over the world but we can make a difference in our neighborhood. We just need to go and do. This book needs to be read with on open mind that everyday and in every situation we can make a difference just by showing up. This theme runs through out the whole book. It made me think about how I can show up in God's plan just by being present and letting God lead me.
Organic ShoesOklahoma City, OKAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Time to accept the challengeMay 28, 2012Organic ShoesOklahoma City, OKAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Go + Do By Jay Milbrandt is a challenge for all of us. A challenge for each of us to 'go and do.' We all have found ourselves asking what we are doing with our lives, where are we going to go after we finish high school, college, when our kids move out, when we retire. We consider things that appeal to us, make plans, come up with ideas of things we can do, but many times we push them to the wayside and never go and do them.
Milbrandt's book will challenge you to take that step, it may even change your career path. Milbrandt will encourage you to take a chance and step out to connect with others and build relationships that will be life changing. Through Go + Do you will feel called to action, to make a difference in someone else's life.
This book will encourage you to take the next step, to get past your fears and the opinions of others, to take a step that will transform your life. Everyone who has been searching for more, who want to make a difference, who are ready to embrace their calling needs to read this book. Take the dare, start with this book and take the step to 'go and do.'
I received this book complimentary from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
D C McKayGadsden, ALAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Gets you thinkingMay 14, 2012D C McKayGadsden, ALAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed the book. Not many of us including myself will ever get to travel around the world or serve in world missions work. So many are in need. We can Go and Do in our own backyard. Its doing something that makes you come alive within. The 9 to 5 is not getting it. More and more are realizing it. Giving a hand up to others in need changes not only their lives but your own. The world is as close as your next text message. This book will get your tractor running. If not, you need a check up from the neck up. Author Jay Milbrandt pulls on your heart strings. Be prepared to have your eyes opened. It gets you thinking.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.
Heather KingGloucester, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Changing our lives, not changing the worldMay 4, 2012Heather KingGloucester, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I drive a used mini-van. My kids go to public school. I pack sandwiches so we avoid even spending the money on McDonald's whenever possible. I use coupons and shop at discount stores. We live in a house that's too small for our family and drive our cars until they explode in our driveway.
So, when I read these books like Radical, Crazy Love and Milbrandt's Go + Do, which all basically cover similar ground, I'm inspired and sometimes let-down. It may indeed be revolutionary to tell some families to downsize, buy inexpensively, live frugally, cut out materialism and then be generous givers. But that's not radical to me. That's life.
Not only that, but I have three kids seven and under. What I really want is someone to tell me how I can answer the call to "go and do" that I can "go and do" right now. That means it can't require me to abandon my family for a month or even a week so I can fly to Thailand.
Milbrandt's stories are inspiring and challenging, especially the idea that we aren't out to change the world, but we should pursue a change in us. I would have loved for him to spend more time, though, giving practical, real-life examples of how to make an impact when you're not a college student, or a lawyer or college professor who can travel at will.
He touches on that and when he does, it's good. Really good. He speaks passionately about practicing the ministry of presence. It doesn't require doing anything or giving anything; you just have to be fully invested in spending a moment with someone else. The power of presence is that it can happen when you sit by a hospital bed, re-arrange a blanket in a nursing home, or rock a baby in a nursery. Anyone can perform the ministry of presence anywhere in the world there are people.
He also explains that even $25 can help start someone in a third world country out in a business that will provide for their family. That's accessible to most of us.
Milbrandt also encourages people to find a "second career" ---like a place to volunteer or a cause to champion---early in life and to let it grow over time. In other words, do as much as you can now and it'll be in place for further investment when your kids are grown and gone and/or you've retired and you then have even more to give.
Ultimately, I think there's power for all of us to be reminded periodically that there's a world out there much bigger than the world of our own lives and there's need out there much bigger than our need for car payments and cell phone bills. It's also a reminder of the calls for social justice in the Gospels and the book of James.
I know women who never get to travel on a mission trip until they're widowed and retired. Maybe that'll be me. Until then, going and doing happens in my own family and community, but I hope it doesn't end there. At least Milbrandt has me thinking and planning and being on the lookout for ways to impact and serve hurting people in a broken world.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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