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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781493401444
ISBN-13: 9781493401444

Publisher's Description

Almost anyone you ask would say that they want to do work that matters. Yet many people do not feel like they are actively making a difference in the world. Others may feel a sense of calling but lack either the courage or the supportive community to carry it out. But if God created each of us on purpose, for a purpose, we should be ordering our lives around that purpose.

Jonathan D. Golden, founder of Land of a Thousand Hills coffee company, has discovered and is living out his unique calling to promote social, spiritual, and economic justice while providing a living wage to 2,500 farmers in Rwanda. Now he reveals to readers how to identify their calling, dispels the myths and misunderstandings we often have about what constitutes a calling, and challenges them to pursue that calling with a courage that can surmount the many obstacles that may lie in their path. He also shows readers how to cultivate a community of support that will help them fulfill their calling.

For anyone who is dissatisfied with the work they are doing, just entering the workforce, or wondering what more is out there, this book reveals how to embrace the meaningful life they were meant to live.

Author Bio

Jonathan David Golden is the founder of Land of a Thousand Hills, a multimillion dollar coffee company that provides a living wage to more than 2,500 farmers in Rwanda. He and his company have been featured by CNN, Fox News, Christianity Today, Relevant, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Charisma. Jonathan has spoken at Catalyst, Q, Story, Exponential, Velocity, Ignite, Collyde, and Orange conferences, and has toured with Third Day, TobyMac, and Switchfoot. He is also an ordained Anglican priest at St. Peter's Place in Roswell, Georgia.

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  1. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Created to Make a Difference
    February 12, 2016
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    God spends the day elsewhere, but He sleeps in Rwanda.

    This may be a popular saying in that East African country, but my view of Rwanda has been shaped by 1990s era news reports of violence, genocide, and war. Jonathan David Golden has spent a few nights in Rwanda himself, and the result of that is a multi-million dollar coffee business that promotes justice through partnering directly with Rwandan farmers to make excellent coffee and to make a difference.

    Be You. Do Good. tells the story of Jonathans journey from conflicted and confused to confident and called. On his way to The Land of a Thousand Hills (the name of his company and another nickname for Rwanda), he extracts twelve principles that shaped his missional world view:

    1. Let Go of the Myths We believe all kinds of false statements about calling and vocation that keep us mired in indecision.

    2.Be Who You Are Life is a cosmic collaboration in which God works through the person he created to do a great thing. Dont put that self on the shelf.

    3.Use What You Have Take the first step, and dont wait. Notice who is nearby to help, and live scrappy!

    4.Get What You Can Sounds pretty radical, right? Jonathan is a believer in The Big Ask. Tempered by the truth that its not about you, but about the call, this is a legitimate position: you are inviting others into Gods work.

    5.Follow the Inkling God invites us into adventure. Our experiences and gifts are custom-made to equip us for that faithful following.

    6.Pursue What Makes You Come Alive Sensitive to social injustice from the time he was a boy, Jonathan realized that his entrepreneurial spirit and his heart for ministry could make a difference in Rwanda through the production of coffee. This chemistry of passion and ability is what we all need to find.

    7.Find a People to Serve A healthy community is one in which everyone blesses and everyone is blessed in return. For Jonathan, it was a matter of not being The Rich White Guy. Serve and be served.

    8.Growing Little by Little The work of forgiveness, finding your calling, reaching your goals: these are all works of slow grace.

    9.March Through Challenges One foot ahead of the other requires a mundane soldiering through the hard times. Jonathan shares his liturgy for life which, essentially, is a daily turning of his face toward what is true.

    10.Follow, Dont Force Forging through with ones own agenda can be dangerous. Pause and allow the Holy Spirit to show the next step.

    11.Stand Back Up When the wheels come off our plans, the choice between give-up and stand-up is a tough one. The myth of easy can keep us from persevering.

    12.Stay Open to New Possibilities Open eyes to the needs around us and open hearts to hear the voice of the Spirit are essential to readiness.

    Intensely practical and yet highly motivational, Be You. Do Good. is a call to gritty obedience and a faithful following that honors Gods unique gifting of the believer. When the Spirit whispers, take one brave step. Then, see what God does with your availability.


    Interested in more details about Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co.? Check out the story here.

    This book was provided by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good Read for those who need inspiration
    February 10, 2016
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Today we are brought a new book, courtesy of Jonathan David Golden. It was an interesting read and was filled with helpful tips for those who do not feel like they are living a life that makes them feel "alive." Jonathan's story was encouraging to read, as it detailed a regular guy and his journey to listening to the Lord. For people like myself, going out on a limb and following the Lord's crazy callings is not easy, and this book encouraged me to be more bold. I enjoyed tracking the humble beginnings of Jonathan's coffee company and seeing it grow over time into a company that is growing into a profitable business. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take the next step in their life or feels stuck in a rut. I am not really into self-help books as a rule but this was easy for me to read. His personal life stories made it much more interesting to me and didn't feel like it was an impersonal list of things I need to do to get "better." I would give this book 4/5 stars.

    This book was provided to me by Baker Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Goes beyond "What" to "WHO." Call to courage and purpose.
    February 9, 2016
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I love when a book asks good questions. This one goes beyond What do you want to be when you grow up? to Who do you want to be? Jonathan Golden has an impressive resume, but shares how his accomplishments dont mean anything without purpose behind them. I deeply resonated with his drive to do more than just what was expected or what looked good. He speaks throughout his book of the quiet faithfulness behind real transformation, doing things little by little. I love the courage he speaks of to start doing the things that make you come alive. Every calling begins with one brave step. (48) He gives permission for the unconventional and bold, inviting the reader to ask better questions of what it means to live a life of meaning. 4/5 for me.

    *Baker Books has provided me with a complimentary copy of Be You. Do Good. in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Did Not Connect with Me
    February 6, 2016
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Earlier this year, I asked to review an Amish fiction book. By mistake, I received Jonathan David Golden's book Be You. Do Good. I was told I could read it or pass it on, since it had been sent in error. I decided maybe the mistake wasn't so much of a mistake, and I should read the book.

    The subtitle is "Having the guts to pursue what makes you come alive," and since I'm still in my first year of career change and new paths, I thought perhaps this would offer me something really pivotal to help me in my journey.

    I was so sad when I finally closed the book, because it wasn't my favorite. I pondered just skipping the review entirely because I didn't want to say something negative, but I decided to go ahead with it, believing that part of being a book reviewer is knowing every book might not zing me and being okay with admitting when one does not.

    Jonathan is the founder of a successful business called Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company. {COFFEE!!! I mean how could this go wrong for me??} The book shares many of the stories of his life, but particularly over the last decade as he founded this company and went through seasons of success and failure, personally and professionally.

    I did a lot of underlining in the first chapter and felt excited that I would learn so much from this book, but the chapters that followed were predominantly story, with a tag line of application at the end of each one. It seemed the main meat of the book was all in the first chapter. I craved less story and more explanation of how he imagined others could apply what he experienced in their own lives. I think I felt so disconnected from it because I know that my own calling is not to run a multi-million-dollar corporation, nor is it to work across national boundaries, so I wanted to know how to apply the principles in ordinary-world. {I'm not opposed to doing the heavy lifting as a reader and figuring out how to make something fit my own details. In this situation, I just didn't feel like I'd been given enough actual teaching to do so.}

    It was much more of a business book than a Christian living book, in my opinion, though it is marketed as Christian living. The copy on the back of the book indicates that anyone looking to make a career out of their life calling can learn from the book, but I did not find it to be a good fit for me.

    Make no mistake: his stories are interesting, and there is much to learn about the country of Rwanda and the coffee business through reading the pages, but I just ached for a little bit more guidance and a little bit less story.

    If you're a business-minded person and you aspire to head a corporation someday, this actually might be a great book for you. It just wasn't for me, and I was sorry for that.

    * I received this book from Baker in exchange for an honest review. *
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding Your Way
    February 1, 2016
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Many of us struggle with or know the struggle of trying to find our way through this one life. It sometimes does not come to most of us so easily nor does it develop overtime. However, Be You. Do Good by Jonathan David Golden gives, shares, and demonstrates the ways in which any one of us can find the right path. This book is the perfect tool that will enable us to work out the kinks or balance out the thoughts that linger in whether we should take the next step in pushing our boundaries. I found this book to be inspiring and a fast read to enjoy and pushes its reader to take the leap in the direction that will make a happy life. It may seem like it can be an easy pursuit to finding what calls you to do in life, but Golden shares the words that will guide us to a meaningful life. A must read. I received a copy for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
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