We all want to change the world, but as pastor Eugene Cho found out, it takes more than just desire. It takes action. In this personal confession he encourages readers to discover a practical discipleship that begins with the recognition that changing the world starts with changing ourselves.
Many people today talk about justice, but are they living justly? They want to change the world, but are they being changed themselves? Eugene Cho shares his story, a messy, painful story of being more in love with the ideas behind the actions than counting the cost and being a world-changer in action. Because everyone loves justice and compassion, but few have taken it upon themselves to truly live it out in their own lives. Cho is still on that journey to discover what it means, and invites readers to join him.
About the author:
Eugene is the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. He is the founder and senior pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington. Eugene and his wife, Minhee, have three children.
I love the book. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, based on the subtitle: “Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?” A lot of what I read felt separate from that theme. Still, I enjoyed it. I love the author, Eugene Cho’s, sense of humor, and he had me cracking up in spots. His self-depreciating is especially humorous, and really adds to his fun personality. There are many points made in the book that strike me. Close. Hard. In the heart. For example, in his chapter about going deeper, he talks about how easy it is for us to say we want to build a well or donate money to build a well to help with the water crisis. Then he educates the reader on the reality of this solution. He shares additional solution ideas….these things made me think, and made me realize that following the popular ideas for helping are not always the BEST ways of helping. That sometimes we need to look deeper into a problem before we jump on the bandwagon of “solving”.
Mr. Cho shares his own very real, very honest story. He, like all of us, is a human being with weaknesses and strengths, and he isn’t afraid to showcase either. He uses teachings from the Bible in most of the book, applying it to the situations he talks about. His personality is woven all throughout the book, which is quite possibly my favorite part.
I’m giving Overrated by Eugene Cho 5 stars, and I recommend it. It will make you laugh. I believe it will make you think.
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