I have been reading Jeff Goin’s blog and following him on Twitter for a couple of years now. Jeff writing has challenged me in many ways. One has been to keep writing. Another is to live bigger than myself. Last year Jeff published his first book titled Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life.
Jeff Goins grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. His life was changed during a study abroad program in Spain, where he fell in love with travel. After studying Spanish and religion in college, Jeff spent a year touring all over North America and Taiwan with a band. He now lives in Nashville with his family. You can connect with him online at goinswriter.com or follow him on twitter @jeffgoins.
We live in a broken world. There are starving children and abusive spouses. There are people dying of diseases. There are broken homes and broken families. There are drive-by shootings and drunk drivers. We tend to cushion ourselves from as much of the brokenness as we can. We tend to seek a comfortable life. We strive for the American Dream and then are disappointed when it is not all it promised.
But what happens when the brokenness of this world slams into our comfortable lives? What happens when the brokenness becomes so real we can’t go back to our comfortable lives?
We become wrecked. Wrecked “means to have a transformation that goes beyond mere words – to be introduced to another way of life, to follow in the footsteps of a teacher who is call ing you through the eye of a needle. Often it involves being catalyzed by an encounter with pain. The process is horrible and ugly and completely gut-wrenching – and at the same time, beautiful. It is real and hard and true. Most of all, it is necessary.”
I was wrecked summer of 2006 in the country of Kazakhstan. This experience set the tone for my life. It has directed my path. You can read more about my own Wrecked experience here.
“We are Jason Bourne – trained and equipped and destined for greatness, but without any idea who we really are.”
Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life is an invitation to you to join Jeff and countless others in a life not about yourself. It is an invitation to be a part of a larger story. As Michael Hyatt put it in the Foreword, “It is an invitation to lead a wrecked life – one that is shaken up but transformed by confronting the world’s most difficult challenges. It is about living the life we are often afraid to live. It is about sacrifice and service. It’s about stepping into the pain and discovering fulfillment in the most unlikely places.”
As I read through this book, I found myself agreeing over and over with Jeff. We may use different words to describe this lifestyle, but we both want to encourage our readers that there is a different way to live life. We don’t have to follow the status quo.
If you are wanting a fulfilling life, if you don’t want to live a life all about yourself, if you feel like there is a better way to live, this book is for you.
Let me leave you with the mini manifesto from Wrecked:
Instead of wanting more, we will strive for less.
Instead of easier, faster, better; we will opt for slow and deliberate. We will take our time.
We will seek first the needs of others and trust that our own will be provided.
We will discipline ourselves to believe.
We will find our lives by losing it.
We will seek the pearl of great price and sacrifice everything for it.
We will become less to gain more.
We cannot become who we are without going through the pain.
your turn: have you been wrecked? If so, how?