Overrated…



I would recommend Eugene Cho’s Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?  I was provided a complimentary copy of the book in a special pre-release directly from the publisher for review purposes.  You can currently download the Kindle edition directly from Amazon for under five dollars. 

My favorite chapter quote was when the author drew from the wisdom of Timothy Keller who once suggested, “When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice. 

I appreciate the words (and actions) of Cho.  He lives out the truth (and tension) of what it means to share and show good news.  A conversation-starter, for sure.  That being said, Overrated is an introduction.  There are several other works from other authors that I would highly recommend that go a bit deeper (and are far more dangerous) into the conversation of social justice as it relates to God’s Kingdom – Ron Sider, Steve Corbett, Shane Claiborne and Robert Lupton to name a few.  


Official Author Biography: Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington – as well as founder and Executive Director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue.

He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages(ODW)– “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.”

The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement by integrating human relationships, social media/technology and the power of story. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $2 million dollars for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. ODW has been featured in the New York Times (twice), The Seattle TimesNPR and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was recently honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes.
Eugene’s first book, Overrated: Are we More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World, Than Actually Changing the World? is available everywhere everywhere books are sold.
Eugene and Minhee have been married for seventeen years and have three children. Together they live in Seattle, Washington. More of Eugene’s story can be found on his blog; he is also on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Official Book Description: 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.

Overrated…

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