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Wrecked
Author Jeff Goins
Narrator Jeff Goins
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Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It's about radical sacrifice and selfless service--how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It's a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It's about living like we mean it. It's a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane.


This book is for us--a generation intent on pursuing our life's work in a way that leaves us without regrets.


Author Jeff Goins shares his own experience of struggling as a missionary and 20-something who understands the call to live radically while dealing with the everyday responsibilities of life. Wrecked is a manifesto for a generation dissatisfied with the status quo and wanting to make a difference.

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Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It's about radical sacrifice and selfless service--how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It's a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It's about living like we mean it. It's a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane.


This book is for us--a generation intent on pursuing our life's work in a way that leaves us without regrets.


Author Jeff Goins shares his own experience of struggling as a missionary and 20-something who understands the call to live radically while dealing with the everyday responsibilities of life. Wrecked is a manifesto for a generation dissatisfied with the status quo and wanting to make a difference.

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The book is a reminder that there are choices in life that we all must make regarding helping others and losing your life “to find it.”
I haven’t even finished listening to the audio book of Jeff Goins’ Wrecked and I couldn’t wait to tell you that it is masterfully written and read by the author. I am literally on the edge of my chair and this isn’t even a mystery!

The book is a reminder that there are choices in life that we all must make regarding helping others and losing your life “to find it.” It also is a reminder that we all desire for our lives to have meaning and purpose and that it is important in life to commit.

Jeff recounts the story of a missions trip that he took and how he and friends ministered to a “nameless woman.” This story reminds me of the scripture in Hebrews 13:2 (AMP) that says,

"Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it."

Jeff somehow was left with a sense of not having done enough after they parted ways with the “nameless woman.”

One of the thoughts that stays glued within the depths of my being is the thought that Jeff puts out there that when we see someone in need we very often assume that “someone will come along and do the right thing.” In other words, that someone might walk by a person in need thinking that he/she is NOT that someone to help! When in doubt, if you see a need, Jeff suggests, go ahead and be that one to meet it.

All in all, I am impressed with the style and the content of the wisdom that Jeff shares in this book. If you are ready for change, this book is for you. I appreciate Jeff’s transparency, honesty and willingness to share his feelings on a subject without making the reader (or, in my case, listener) feel guilty or in shame for not having done the right thing when the opportunity has arisen. I know, as for me and “my house, “I have helped many people but will think twice in the future before I think “I am not that someone to help.” If it’s in my power to help, I will do what I can.

Your calling is out there says Jeff – it’s your job to find it. What this really reminds me of is that recently a study was done and 4 out of 5 people hate their jobs. That speaks great volumes.

Well, please excuse me while I go to get "wrecked: and finish the last chapter!

Please note: I received a copy of this book from Cross Focused Media in exchange for my review.

January 7, 2013




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Review by / (Posted on 1/10/2013)
The Brokenness of this world is waiting for Us to respond . Wrecked restates the call to action.
here is a wave of Christian writers emerging to usher in the next generation of those truly living to love like God loves. Jeff Goins vividly portrays this message in Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life.

As connected as we are, it has become to relate to the conditions of the world. I am often reminded, no matter what I am presented with Jesus, who is love, was fueled by the compassion he possessed for others. What are you fueling?

As I perused through Michael Hyatt’s website, a few months ago, he mentioned content by his friend Jeff Goins. Naturally, I clicked over to that site.

Jeff Goins is a believer of the God of the Bible, and has pursued the desires that the creator placed in his heart.


Jeff Goins offers a call to action throughout the text providing tangible accounts of being Wrecked. Be prepared for an encounter with your hearts intentions as you read this work. Those that have felt the hand of God on them while being a blessing to those in need -will continue. Others will have a new lens to embrace opportunities as they present themselves.

Jeff describes being Wrecked in the subtitle. Ultimately, we have to observe what is truly taking place beyond our backyards and set our sights around the corner, over the hill and through the woods.

Our world is broken, yet there is a remedy. The creation is waiting, anxious for us to respond to the pain of brokenness.

Jeff stated the Being Wrecked is a “Shot at living the lives we are scared to live.”

The brokenness of the world is thick. It is palpable. It is for us to alter it.

I strongly suggest you check out Jeff Goins. While you are at it, be a blessing, pass it on from the Wrecked website.

Thank you to Crossed Focused Reviews and christianaudio.com for allowing me to be a part of this movement. I have reached out to Jeff and he has responded. You can check out that conversation here. I am not only a Wrecked reviewer. I am a member of the Jeff Goins Tribe.

I am Wrecked with Safe Families, we can do more.

Are you ready to get Wrecked? Let’s do it!
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Review by / (Posted on 12/1/2012)
Wrecked - brilliant and challenging book
We all have experiences in life where it completely turns it upside down. Whether that is an experience of going abroad and seeing the poverty and brokenness in the world or just like myself, of building an organisation and then being made redundant. This book examines these experiences and what we can do about them. Jeff has an amazing ability to tell a story in such a way that is engaging and challenging. It is one of a few books that I want to read over again, in case I have missed something or a challenge that I need to think about again. I have also been challenged that you do not really find happiness in gaining more, it is more what you can give of your life, facing new experiences and learning from them. What if you say, about your job, I am going to stick with it, work hard and do my best, no matter what. One of the biggest lessons I have learn’t is there is life to lead, life doesn’t stop with being broken, it is a new beginning and you are seeing in a completely different way that can help you move on and benefit the world around you. Thank you Jeff.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/1/2012)
More than simply taking the high road.
I enjoy many books but there are only a few I wish I had written myself. This is one of those books.

Jeff Goins does an excellent job describing what it is to experience the big picture.

This book helps us...

1. see beyond our own wants and desires with humility.

2. pick apart the miasma of emotions and excuses we use to assuage guilt and fear.

3. recognize the importance of developing useful habits in our youth. So that we may (hopefully) find ourselves in a good position to be of help to others, in later years.

4. see that while we are only a small part of the solution, we are still valuable parts of the solution.

5. discern when to let go and when to persevere.

As a teenager, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world but it wasn't until my late twenties, that I experienced a life-changing crisis. Jeff Goins' book, Wrecked, is the first book I've read that truly illustrates the many facets of incorporating a life we're called to live into the life we have to live. This is a faith-based book and I appreciated that aspect of the book, too. Having said that, I believe the book is essentially based off basic universal principals of goodwill, benevolence, compassion and kindness toward humanity. I would feel comfortable giving this book to someone without religious beliefs or those who differ from mine.

I'm a single mother of 5 and volunteer in my community to minister to abused women and children. I've struggled with balance in juggling the demands of meeting many needs and the frustration of feeling it is all but a drop in the bucket. I'm always hesitant to say any one book, class or seminar is "life-changing." I will say this book has taught me practical lessons. I took away valuable eye-opening information that I can apply today.

Having experienced a crisis myself, I believe I could identify with the author through the entire book. I don't know how easily it would be for someone who hasn't been "wrecked" or for someone who has been complacent all their life? Personally, I think many people want to do more and do not for one reason or another. This book helps the reader understand and sort out some of that confusion.

I enjoy giving books as gifts and this will be the book of my choice this holiday season.

Thank you, Jeff Goins.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/24/2012)
More than simply taking the high road.
I enjoy many books but there are only a few I wish I had written myself. This is one of those books.

Jeff Goins does an excellent job describing what it is to experience the big picture.

This book helps us...

1. see beyond our own wants and desires with humility.

2. pick apart the miasma of emotions and excuses we use to assuage guilt and fear.

3. recognize the importance of developing useful habits in our youth. So that we may (hopefully) find ourselves in a good position to be of help to others, in later years.

4. see that while we are only a small part of the solution, we are still valuable parts of the solution.

5. discern when to let go and when to persevere.

As a teenager, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the world but it wasn't until my late twenties, that I experienced a life-changing crisis. Jeff Goins' book, Wrecked, is the first book I've read that truly illustrates the many facets of incorporating a life we're called to live into the life we have to live. This is a faith-based book and I appreciated that aspect of the book, too. Having said that, I believe the book is essentially based off basic universal principals of goodwill, benevolence, compassion and kindness toward humanity. I would feel comfortable giving this book to someone without religious beliefs or those who differ from mine.

I'm a single mother of 5 and volunteer in my community to minister to abused women and children. I've struggled with balance in juggling the demands of meeting many needs and the frustration of feeling it is all but a drop in the bucket. I'm always hesitant to say any one book, class or seminar is "life-changing." I will say this book has taught me practical lessons. I took away valuable eye-opening information that I can apply today.

Having experienced a crisis myself, I believe I could identify with the author through the entire book. I don't know how easily it would be for someone who hasn't been "wrecked" or for someone who has been complacent all their life? Personally, I think many people want to do more and do not for one reason or another. This book helps the reader understand and sort out some of that confusion.

I enjoy giving books as gifts and this will be the book of my choice this holiday season.

Thank you, Jeff Goins.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/24/2012)
The guidebook to rising above, chasing the adventure, living the dream, and loving hard through service.
Review: Wrecked is a great audio book for our generation. Yes, you read that correctly, I did just say, 'audio book.' It is easier sometimes to fit an audio book into life. In this digital age, when I have to put down my book and drive somewhere, I no longer have to settle for music. I can stream or play a book over my car stereo or even from an app on my smart phone.

Wrecked is read by its author, Jeff Goins, and speaks to the audience about more. Have you ever thought there was more to life, or wondered what your purpose might be? This book is for you.

It addresses selfless service, speaking to the life we think about living but for whatever reason, have settled for less. You can be fulfilled, you can find purpose in the middle of pain, and the answer to the thing that you think is lacking, might surprise you.

What if you could live in the "tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane?" This challenge spoke to me. I know I only get one time around on this planet before I get the privilege to show Jesus what I did with what He gave me.

So when I think about what He gave me, and what He did with His life, giving it away, it is that itself that sets the true example.

If you are unhappy or not satisfied, try getting yourself off of your mind, reach out, and help someone. Live life to give it away, love intentionally, and you will find something you didn't have before.

I would summarize this work as the guidebook to rising above, chasing the adventure, living the dream, and loving hard through service. It is one of those special books that after you listen to it, you are never the same.


How did I get this book: A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/24/2012)
Wrecked: From Uncomfortable to Fulfilled
Are you familiar with the term "wrecked?" I've heard people use the term after watching a movie or listening to music, as in, "That song just wrecked me." Jeff Goins' book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, digs deeper into the concept of being wrecked. Fortunately he doesn't leave us there, but leads us through the process of growing up and committing to a worthy cause.

Even though the book may appear to have been written for the 20 and 30-year olds, I think everyone can take something away from this book. I know too many people of all ages who have settled into their comfortable lives and are letting the world pass them by.

Early in the book, Jeff says that the beginning of compassion is feeling worse instead of feeling better. In other words, you may have helped meet one need but then you look around and see the overwhelming amount of need around you - and your heart is just wrecked. I understand that feeling. I've wondered what can I - one person - can possibly do in the face of hunger or homelessness or abuse...

He writes that being wrecked like that doesn't mean we stop and give up; instead we must pull out of our comfort zone and self-centeredness, and commit to something. When things get tough, we have to stick to it.

In order to experience ultimate satisfaction or fulfillment we must endure the hard things. Think of talented and skilled musicians and athletes, for example. Greatness does not come without commitment. This applies to all arenas of our lives. We'll never know success, fulfillment or satisfaction if we give up when things get uncomfortable or difficult.

Other reviewers have mentioned the "strong Christian element" in the book but I didn't hear that. God is mentioned, but so are Henry David Thoreau and Jason Bourne (among others). If that makes you uncomfortable, you may want to skip this book. But it's a shame to read only books that make you comfortable, don't you think?

I liked listening to Jeff read his book, but I wanted to highlight and underline and make notes, so I'm going to have to buy the book and read it again.

Note: I was given an audio copy of Wrecked to review by christianaudio.com and CrossFocusedReviews.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/24/2012)
an Invitation to be Brave
There is a new word for stepping out of your comfort zone and serving those with BIG needs. Jeff Goins calls it "wrecked'.

Thanks to christianaudio.com, I listened to Jeff's book, Wrecked, as I traveled between Missouri and Louisiana.

The book is an invitation to lead a wrecked life—one that is shaken up but transformed by confronting the world’s most difficult challenges. Goins wrote this book in hopes that ....

1. you and I recall making a choice that caused us to step out of your comfort zone, that allowed us to move past selfishness and find a life worth living.

2. we are faced with a sacrificial decision we have ve yet to make, one that we may be avoiding or procrastinating

3. we respond to that voice inside of us that says "give more, get less"

4. you and I realize the “somebody” the world is deferring to is us.

We read the Biblical account of the Good Samaritan and we cringe thinking "no way, they couldn't just leave him there!" We see video clips on the news or internet of someone who chose to capture the video instead of help the person being attacked. We (and I definetely mean me) can get so absorbed in our online connectedness that we miss the incredible opportunity to serve the person in front of us.

Goins writes, "Our brokenheartedness at the injustices we witness is what gives us compassion. So when we rush past these messy and uncomfortable moments, we take away the experiences that teach us mercy." Have you given mercy lately? Not felt it - given it?

Are you the hero of your own story?

Stepping into a "wrecked" life means being brave enough to go where you know you don't have the answers. It takes courage to step out of our own self-controlled and self-orchestrated lives, and into someone's pain. We have to be willing to SEE their pain. AND we have to trust that the Holy Spirit in us will deliver. Deliver what? Whatever God knows is needed at that moment.

We may avoid someone because we know we can't afford to buy what they need. We may not look at their pain because it feels too much like the pain we've stuffed into the closet of our hearts in hopes to never look at it again. We avoid. Our natural selfish nature avoids.

But God.

God was brave. He knew that He and His son would suffer for us - giving up everything: royalty, wealth, perfection of every kind. And God chose to send Jesus anyway. And Jesus chose to go anyway. Let yourself see them leaving home to go to you right now. Close your eyes and see their compassion for you.

It was perfect love. Brave love.

The love that casts out all fear. (1 John 4:8)

It was also the knowledge of God's power to meet needs. We have to live by faith that God did meet needs and still does. We have to believe in God's supernatural ability. Faith is believing, remembering, and going knowing that God will show up.

This audio book opened my eyes to myself and to God. It was a wonderful reminder and call to step out of myself and my own limitations. God used Wrecked to remind me that faith is brave. Faith - that He can do more than I can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). And He will use my mind, my body, and my mouth to do it because Jesus' Holy Spirit lives in me waiting to continue His work.

We are not the heroes of our stories.

God is.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/24/2012)
Wrecked by Jeff Goins
What is your first mental image when you hear of a wreck? Perhaps an accident or a tragedy of some sort accompanied by a loss. In a way, this is what the author Jeff Goins is discussing in this book. The term wrecked implies a destruction of the old and some kind of newness, whether good or not. "Wrecked" metaphorically refers to your perceptions of yourself, the world around us, and your intersection with it. To be wrecked points to something good that happens in your life which becomes a turning point or a shifting of the axis within.

This is not a preachy book. It is not a self-help book...nor a step by step how-to manual. It does not employ "Christianese," Christian vocabulary, to share the concept of a wrecked life. What comes to mind when I listened to this audio is a quiet conversation between friends seated in a cafe over a cup of Joe. Goins shares a point and weaves in the stories that back up that point seamlessly. Goins' storytelling technique is warm with glints of humor laced throughout.

At the beginning, Goins reveals his own wrecked experience and explains why he believes an experience like this is necessary for each of us to meet our potential and shake us out of the comfortable cocoons we have wrapped around ourselves. Each chapter following contains nuggets of wisdom gleaned from others' experiences and stories. He examines this experience from several angles, sharing vulnerable moments in his own life that we can be comfortable with facing our own inner insecurities, doubts, and shortcomings. We are forewarned of pitfalls to expect and overcome in the aftermath of our own wrecked experiences should we dare to embrace the risk. Of course, not all experiences that result in a paradigm shift of thinking are comfortable. In fact, the author impresses on his readers that most of these moments can be ugly and messy.

Furthermore, Jeff Goins makes an assumption that we want to be revitalized so that we are more effective in service to God and mankind. He offers this concept as a game changer. So if you are not looking to live a more fulfilled life, with purpose and joy, then this is not the book for you.

"Of course!" I thought in reflection after listening to this audio several times. It was the first time I had heard these thoughts voiced in terms of being wrecked. But it made sense. Those of us who have lived through some kind of perceptual shift may have called it an epiphany or "crossing the threshold". We know it as a life changing experience. We would have felt refreshed or renewed...recharged...or in the author's words "wrecked and reformed". I could think of several people immediately whom I believe would enjoy listening to this audio book. I highly recommend it!
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Review by / (Posted on 11/23/2012)
Powerful- Engaging and Challenging
This review is from: Wrecked: When A Broken World Slams Into your Comfortable Life (Audio CD)
Jeff Goins is a powerful and gifted writer with a innate ability to live behind the eyes of individuals he encounters- while sharing Jesus, albeit with the raw awareness of his lack and ability, tempered with the passion of man sold out for God.

The reader will be stretched, drawn and at times all out bewildered by the stirring within their heart for the lost, marginalized, and the hurting.If you are willing to be challenged and begin the move from wherever you are to a place with more Jesus- get ready to be Wrecked!

A great book and exceptionally powerful and well done in audio form read by the author.

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Review by / (Posted on 11/23/2012)
I need to be wrecked.
Have you ever been wrecked?

No, not IN a wreck---wrecked.

What does it mean to be wrecked?

As I listened to this audiobook version of Wrecked, I had the privilege of hearing the author, Jeff Goins, himself tell me what it means to be wrecked.

I cannot relay to you with the accuracy and passion of Goins what it means to be wrecked, but what I can say is that I think I live in a state of near-wrecked-ness. (Yes, I made that term up.)

To be wrecked, per Goins, is to be so impacted by the need and helplessness of others less fortunate than yourself that you cannot live without thinking of them and tangibly doing for them, with them, and giving to them. And actually, that is truly just a tiny glimpse of what it means to be wrecked. You should listen to Goins describe it to you as I had the pleasure of doing.

In listening to this book, I found myself identifying with the outer edges of the wrecked state, but not yet having been fully affected---not yet fully wrecked. This is why I say I live in a state of near-wrecked-ness.

Now, just a few minutes ago I just finished watching a movie portraying the real-life "Machine Gun Preacher," Sam Childers. I would definitely say that man was wrecked! He went on one trip to Sudan to help repair huts damaged in the Second Sudanese War. During that trip he was wrecked for the children of Sudan and Uganda who were being abducted by the Joseph Kony's "Lord's Resistance Army." His life and mission since then has been and continues to be to help those children tangibly in any way he can---and he does. He is wrecked.

As far as this audiobook from ChristianAudio goes, I highly recommend it. It was especially beneficial to hear it read by the author, as he was able to instill his own passion and intent into each word he wrote as he read it aloud. One drawback of audiobooks is that I am unable to easily quote from them for you since I typically listen to them during my commutes to and from work (which is actually one of the things I love most about audiobooks). So, it's a bit of give and take, but most definitely a rewarding experience.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook for free from christianaudio.com. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/23/2012)
Interesting and thought provoking
There are a lot of thought provoking ideas in the book, for me anyway. It was also interesting how he was quoting Yoda one minute, Jesus the next. It's definitely worth reading. Be prepared though, if you're anything like me, you're going to be doing a lot of pausing and thinking (and writing quotes and thoughts).

*This is a portion of my review, the full review is posted here: Justwriting.net

*Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the audiobook for my review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/23/2012)
Go Make a Difference
This book was narrated by the author which was a great asset to the understanding of the books concepts.

This book challenges the reader/listener to be brave and go make a difference. It asks the reader to stop being afraid of things that might cause pain.

Through a collection of personal stories, the author, Jeff Goins, shows what it looks like to be wrecked. He shows that it is different for every person. His premise is that when we begin to live beyond ourselves and see the needs of others, we are better for it. We become happier, stronger people when we allow ourselves to give of our gifts and resources for the benefit of others - even though it may cause us pain.

This book is a manifesto, calling you to live beyond yourself. It asks you to be willing to see the world through someone else's eyes all the while knowing you may never be the same again.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/22/2012)
I recommend Wrecked. It will challenge you and stir your heart. Jeff Goins writes with honesty and energy. Wrecked will carry you right along.
Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins describes the journey from complacency to sensitivity, from indifference to compassion. Being “wrecked” is the moment we awaken to and begin this journey. It is that moment on a mission trip when you see true poverty for the first time. It is that moment when you come to truly know someone and be touched by their story. Being wrecked is being rescued from glossy-eyed, status-quo-living. It is the move to a heartfelt life.

In Wrecked, Goins deftly and gently leads us through this journey by chronicling his own story of being wrecked. If you follow Jeff’s blog, you will recognize the lively writing style and winsome authenticity that marks all his posts. Jeff is a careful writer and it shows in this his first full-length book. You will enjoy and be challenged by Wrecked.

Audio Book
I was able to listen to this book thanks to the generous folks at Christianadio.com. Jeff himself reads the book. His reading is good, though my one critique would be that his rhythm and pace is not as lively as his writing style. But again, it was good to hear his own inflections and the heart behind the book. (You can purchase the audio book at christianaudio.com/wrecked-jeff-goins)

Final Verdict
I recommend Wrecked. It will challenge you and stir your heart. Jeff Goins writes with honesty and energy. Wrecked will carry you right along.

So what are you waiting for? Get Wrecked!
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Review by / (Posted on 11/22/2012)
A response to brokenness that doesn't guilt-trip!
A great book about how we react when we are broken by the brokenness of the world.

I loved the chatty style and the many stories from people's own life experience. I really like the way Goins doesn't give us an easy way out but it clear that life involves pain and that life at its best is lived in service of others.

I liked that it's not a theological tome - I could share this with friends from all walks of life.

It's pitched at young Americans and some of the stories didn't quite hit home to me because of that, but it didn't put me off.

This is not remotely guilt-tripping or shaming, it's challenging and encouraging, honest and inspiring.

I recommend it.

I was asked to review this audiobook and given a free copy - the opinions are my own.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/22/2012)
I was inspired
When I started listening to this audiobook, I thought it was a book telling everyone they should be doing missionary work. It seemed like one of those works that make you feel terrible because you don't live in a bamboo hut in a small South American village.

I was wrong!

Goins does start out saying - if we are comfortable, we are probably not doing what God has called us to do. But he moves on to rebuke almost everyone.

You may say, "But I don't want to be rebuked". We all need a good kick in the pants every once in a while. The Bible says "iron sharpens iron". If everything is smooth throughout our lives, what have we accomplished?

Goins never really defines what he means by "Wrecked". At first this annoyed me. “Just tell me what you mean!” But that is the beauty of this book. Wrecked is not an instruction manual. It is like a drill sergeant yelling at you to “Straighten that tie and clean those shoes!!!”

Each person lives a different set of circumstances than his neighbor. What I am called to do may be different from you. That is the beauty of the body of Christ. Each part complements the others. Even if our callings are different, there are some principles we can all use to drive us forward toward what God has called us to do.

Wrecked tells us if the world does not break your heart, maybe you need a heart transplant. I am convinced when Jesus said come unto me, you who are weary and heavy laden; He was saying we don’t even realize we need Him until we are Wrecked.

When life is wonderful and all is going well, we tend to forget where those blessings come from. It is when we are on the verge of a breakdown that we stop and cry out to God – Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!

Though this is not my usual pick of reading, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was inspired. The time flew by.

It is an easy read (or in my case, listen) but I would be wrong to say it was a light read. Could you call something light that feels like a punch in the gut? :)

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars


*I received this book, free of charge, from Moody Publishers and Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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Review by / (Posted on 11/21/2012)
Wrecked for All the Right Reasons
My wife & I were married in August of 2004. A few months into our marriage, we found ourselves in our living room of our little apartment in Laguna Beach asking God to have His way with our lives. We were stirred & up eager to serve God wherever/however He deemed adequate…

Flash forward 14 months. We had recently moved into an old historic home in Orange, CA. I had just accepted a promising job at a Fortune 500 company. And my wife, Joy, was a couple months pregnant. We seemed to be settling into what we thought would be your run of the mill ‘normal’ family life. We both had successful jobs, served at our church, and were preparing for our firstborn daughter to arrive the following summer.

And then we were WRECKED.

Some close friends of ours that we hung out with regularly & worked alongside in ministry mentioned to us one night that they felt God calling them to plant a church in South Africa. We thought that was awesome for them & encouraged them that we would definitely support them in their decision prayerfully & financially…

A month or so goes by — Joy & I are sitting on the couch in our living room watching television and we begin to talk. We both had this gut feeling that maybe we were supposed to assist our friends in their African Adventure in a more personal way. Joy & I had both been praying individually that God would confirm our feelings, and He did. As we began to pray together, we realized that we would be accompanying our friends to South Africa…

Nearly a year & a half later, with a 13 month old daughter in tow, we finally set sail (actually we flew) for South Africa. Jet lag. Loneliness. New found friendships. Language barriers. Monetary exchange rates. Breathtaking landscapes. Homesickness. Beautiful people. Broken lives. Cramped living arrangements. No central heating/air. Inexpensive, yet DELICIOUS meals. The gospel in the ghetto. The gospel in public school assemblies. The gospel on my front stoop.

Living in Paarl, South Africa for nearly a year & a half completely left Joy & I both exhausted and encouraged. We witnessed God do an amazing work in our lives & the lives of people around us. In some of the worst circumstances in life, we saw the hope of Christ shine through the darkest of nights. There was peace within extreme poverty. There was joy in the midst of injustice.

Our hearts were forever changed. Our minds were enlightened. Our souls were ignited. And it all began when our hearts were wrecked — when we saw the devastation of poverty & oppression in the hopeless corners of our community.

In Jeff Goins’ book Wrecked, he shares of similar instances where his life was greatly affected by the times he was “shaken up — but transformed”.

Jeff’s message starts with the realization that life in not about you. Life is greater than us as individuals & this book guides us out of our comfort zones to engage with the reality of life.

Goins says it best when he expounds on the principal that “life is not experienced without pain.”

The purpose in our life requires sweat, tears, and time. Commitment & compassion are two of the most prominent themes throughout Wrecked. The lack of commitment that we might have in life tends to feed our extended adolescence & hinders us from moving closer to being wrecked and finding life-defining purpose. Apart from compassion, we live lives that are apathetic to our surroundings & keep us from recognizing the areas in our community that require our willingness to serve in perhaps an uncomfortable capacity.

Overall, Jeff encourages the reader to allow themselves to be wrecked & ready to move past the shock in order to make a life-changing difference. I recommend you see for yourself what Goins is talking about and pick up a copy of Wrecked for yourself.

***For the record, I was given a copy of Wrecked for free & asked to review the book with my unbiased opinion. Being a pastor & having lived overseas as a missionary, I was skeptical of the premise of this book — but I truly was impressed. The pace of Jeff’s writing & his personable approach won me over and captured my attention.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/21/2012)
An honest search for purpose in a world filled with need.
Wrecked is the story of the author's experiences with the homeless, his extensive mission work travels around the world, his current work with Adventures in Missions, and so much more. It is the story about a young man with a servant’s heart, the need to write, and his willingness to share all of his God-given talents with others. It is the story of a man who freely acknowledges the Lord of his life as he sets about telling his own Jesus-story.

The forward is written by New York Times bestselling author and Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael Hyatt. I was captivated from the beginning as Michael's words settled on me. After meeting Jeff for the first time Michael writes, “The first thing I noticed was that he was smart – really smart. He understood intuitively how to connect with people on the web. He also embraced the technology without being a geek. And he was a student of writing … But Jeff wasn’t just smart; he was also wise. Or to borrow a phrase, “he was an old soul” – someone with a measured perspective on his own life, popular culture, and the world at large.”

When I first began listening to the audio book I thought, “this guy is young enough to be my son, I am surely not "hip" enough to understand, and what in the world am I doing listening to this book?" And then it happened – as he shared story after story of his adventures, misadventures, and encounters with the homeless, the needy, and the less fortunate around the world, I understood. He has an “old-soul” in a 30-something body. He speaks candidly to “his” generation and he touches the soul of mine.

As he spoke his written word I knew I too have been wrecked. My own memories came flooding back to the times I have had the privilege of a broken world slamming into my comfortable life. For me the memories came in the form of a mission trip to Nicaragua. Feeling the pain of poverty and wanting to feed and heal everyone – right then – and the wrecked feeling of knowing it just isn’t possible but being willing to do it anyway.

As Jeff shares details from others who have been wrecked, I remember the sounds and smells of the Nicaraguan women’s prison as the gates closed behind me. I was on the inside, my passport being left “outside the gate” with the guards. I remember timidly walking forward to share my Jesus with women whose lives are a polar opposite of my own. I was the one who walked away wrecked when after I spoke, the women prisoners raised their hands and voices in song to worship and show me their Jesus living behind the bars within their hearts. I came to share with them and they changed me.

Jeff’s words captivated me. He reminded me over and over that this thing we call “life” is not about me! What makes his writing so pure and lovely is that he first lived out being wrecked and through his book he shares about being brave enough to lose the life we know only to find the one we were meant to live.

This is a book that made me feel uncomfortable. The stories made me squirm and grimace a bit. It made me laugh out loud. It made me cry. But most of all Jeff reminded me I was put on this earth for more. More service, less searching, more sacrifice, less “me”, more purpose, less emptiness. Through his own experiences and the experiences shared by others Jeff shows us the importance of changing our life by giving it away to others. By being brave enough to do the hard thing and step into the life we were born for.

Wrecked isn’t about feeding the homeless, taking mission trips to foreign lands, or serving at your local rescue mission. Wrecked is about YOU and what happens in your life when you feed the homeless, take mission trips to foreign lands or serve at the local rescue mission. It is about living out our purpose whether that purpose is to raise your children in your hometown or serve others children around the globe.

Thank you Jeff for reminding me that this comfortable life isn’t about me but rather my willingness to be wrecked in the sacrificial service to others.
Buy the book
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Review by / (Posted on 11/21/2012)
Geared primarily toward younger people, author IMO missed some important points
Mr. Goins read his own work, & the production was superlative.

This is a thoughtful book, especially relevant to younger people. I'd urge those who want fulfillment in their lives to read & act on it.

I admit to being disappointed that the author missed what I considered to be some really crucial points. It'll be interesting to see if he revisits the book again in 20 years or so in light of his intervening experiences--perhaps the points not made in this volume will be covered in the next. I'll be watching his endeavors with interest, & I hope I live long enough to see him publish "Beyond Wrecked".

I was provided a free copy of this audio book by christianaudio.com
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Review by / (Posted on 11/18/2012)
What a Beautiful Disaster
Jeff Goins artistic words and gentle heart help to open eyes and attitudes. What a blessing this book is to read or hear or however you get it. Just get it. I never imagined I'd say, "I want to be wrecked," but I do.

Jeff shares on a deeply personal level the beauty of opening our hearts to the tragedy which surrounds us. To love, really love people means getting hurt, getting your heart broken. Only when we really allow ourselves to hurt for others will we know what it means to love others.

Jeff talks to his generation but those of us not within this grouping get blessed too as we feel the hope and possibility of wrecked lives who serve a whole Savior.

I cannot recommend this book enough.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/30/2012)
Amazing book
I received this audiobook courtesy of christianaudio for the purpose of doing a review.

Narrator Thoughts - Since the author narrated the book, it added a great dimension to the book. You are pulled into the heart of the message through his voice. I really enjoyed having the authors emphasis in the reading of this book.

Book Thoughts - This was one of the best books I have read on putting compassion into action. Through stories and personal experiences the author encourages his readers to grow up and take on the challenges that God wants you to take.

The author was so clear and challenging that I was revived to the message throughout the entire book. I was encouraged to take some risks for God, but also be willing to setle down if that was what God wanted.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with what to do with their life or having a hard time making a risky choice.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/25/2012)
Flipping Turtles
I’ve recently embraced the bi-modal learning methods that Jeff Bezos talked about when he channeled Steve Jobs at the Amazon event to unveil new Kindles.

Listening to the audio version of Wrecked, I remembered what I love to hear in audio books…the author’s voice.

When you read and listen together, you can catch a better impartation of what the author has to offer. (I have the Kindle version and the audio.)

I enjoy reading what Jeff writes, and also highly recommend his blog, but the audio book is probably far better than the print version, unless you get both of them.

Wrecked is an easy-read, and a must-read, if you want your foundation to grow stronger when your entire world is shaken...no, I mean, when it's "wrecked."

Jeff will take you to the streets, and deep into the underground catacombs of Nashville’s homeless population, where he’s worked hard to make a difference.

He’ll invite you inside his stream of consciousness, and you’ll understand how we all mature from reckless youth to responsible citizens in our own broken worlds: on-the-road, in-a-job, on-the-mission-field, or in-a-marriage…and what to do when the adventure eventually comes to an end.

Through tales of his activities among the down-and-out, Jeff keeps explaining how he’s trying hard to bring lasting change to an ocean of indifference.

In the end, he keeps flipping turtles right side up, in an effort to save them (my interpretation of the cover image), only to learn in the end that he is one of them.

And so are we.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/16/2012)
Amazing Book!
I have just finished this incredible book and it's not often I do this but I had to share about it not only on here but I also posted this review on my fb page as I really felt this book had to be shared!

'Wrecked: When a broken world slams into your comfortable life' by Jeff Goins. It's spoken to me loudly for the last three days I've been 'listening' to it and along the way - yesterday especially - there were many moments when what it was saying was confirmed to me and really
'slammed' into me.

It's a book about commitment, about realization, about working past the malaise or itchy feelings we all get, about realising that when it gets difficult is often when God is most at work in our lives. It's about accepting that sometimes staying where you are is the real job at hand despite the call to move on or to what we think we may be our mission. It's a book about being where you are when you are - but also about finding the courage to allow yourself to be 'wrecked' and broken for God's cause and most of all for God's people.
It is an incredible book and I've really felt ministered to by it. Definitely one I'm recommending to my friends and one I think will grace many other people too maybe. Give it a chance and most of all give yourself the chance to be wrecked even if just for a season.

Read by the author it is an incredibly good listen, but then that's because the real 'voice' of the book with all it's insights, humour and understanding are being put into context as it's read - I loved this audio on all levels.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/16/2012)
A Bored Wreck
One of my biggest personal and professional interests is in finding and encouraging meaning and purpose. Jeff Goins' new book, Wrecked, about finding fulfillment in life sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I really didn't experience this text as providing anything new to the current Christian publishing industry.

The subtitle, When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life, really summarizes the book: Recognizing the need for healing and social justice and the lack of justice makes us "wrecked" and want to change the way we live. First of all, I just don't agree with this application of the term, wrecked. But ultimately, there is a plethora of books and blogs on exactly this topic. I can't say I really heard anything new in this book. Goins is a fine writer, and his tales are compelling, but no more so than any of the other things I've read on this topic.

In fact, this book seemed so redundant, I kept tuning out. I got bored enough that I just didn't finish the book. It's only the second time I didn't finish a book. The other time was because the content disgusted me so much. That was not the case here. There wasn't really anything I would disagree with (except the definition of wrecked). I just didn't experience it providing anything new.

In many ways, I'm glad the evangelical Christian publishing industry is encouraging people to look at and challenge their comfortable lives. But preaching the same message ad naseum isn't helpful.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/11/2012)
Messy and beautiful
I’ll make this easy for you: stop reading this review, go get a copy of Wrecked, and read it/listen to it right now.

If you’re still reading this, I guess that means you need a little more convincing. Suffice it to say, Jeff Goins has written the book on facing and confronting the pain and suffering of the world. He doesn't pull any punches, and he writes as a peer to that cagey and mercurial group known as young adults. He leaves no stone un-turned, and his honesty and insight is so refreshing. He gives names the things I have felt and voices to the fears and questions of my heart.

Goins talks about his own experience of being “wrecked,” his name for being broken as we are faced with the brokenness of this world. He doesn't glamorize his journey and he doesn't promise that our own pursuit of justice will be glamorous or “trendy.” He puts forth pain as the path to purpose.

He also deals with a subject that usually remains un-addressed: how do we continue to live "wrecked" lives when we're holding a steady job and raising a family?

This book should be required reading for anyone preparing to go on—or returning from—a short-term mission trip. It’s a reality check. Actually, I would go far as to say it’s a must-read for any Christian young adult who wants to live a life of significance.

Goins does a great job narrating his own book. The emotional impact is heightened by his reading.

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/10/2012)
excellent narration
This book is about when a broken world slams into your comfortable life. The foreword is by Michael Hyatt, current chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, active blogger, and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. When he writes a foreword for a book, you better believe he considers it worthwhile to read. Hyatt fully supports Goins’ writing and concept, considering him a friend and a genius at blogging and social media. The purpose of this book? Being comfortable is not enough…

Not written to be overwhelming or guilt-tripping, this book is designed for you to need to step out of your comfort zone and don the courage to change. This book is to call us to be wrecked for Christ, essentially. This book is a call to action to live a fulfilling yet sacrificial life that we are called to live, and does require change to implement. But based off what Hyatt has to say, it’s a change we all need to take.

The audio is narrated by the author, which means that we have the chance to get a feel for how he truly intended the text to be vocalized. Bringing the text to life, Goins uses his imagery well, to match his voice, and allows the read to immerse themselves into the material and absorb all that there is. At a medium to fast pace, Goins’ narration matches the writing superbly, making this audiobook an audio experience.

christian audio commissioned this review. Be sure to read other reviews like this one at scriptedgenius.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/8/2012)
Get Wreaked
Loved this book. Jeff has such a comfortable way of discussing things that are hard - getting wrecked, choosing to see brokenness and getting involved.

The book seems to be geared towards college/university aged students struggling to find purpose, as well as to those who are toying with the idea of getting involved in mission work. However, even if you're feeling pretty grounded this is a great book to listen to.

While Jeff highly recommends getting involved in outreach, this book isn't a shame-on-you-for-not-helping-the-homeless. Far from it. It's an encouragement to be brave, to be responsible, to care, to live and to love - no matter where you find yourself in life.

I love when the author has the reading chops to read his own book to me because I feel I'm getting the nuances of the book that the author intended. Great job Jeff.

This review was submitted on behalf of christianaudio.com and their reviewers' program.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/4/2012)
A challenge to find your real purpose
I listened to this as an audio book read by the author himself, and am I ever thankful for that pause feature on my mp3 player! Every few minutes, I found myself pausing to take notes or to process what I'd just heard. I am sure I'll be wading through some of those ideas for a long time.

The book starts by outlining the status quo--the person loving life in his safe little world, content to watch other people have adventures on reality TV and keep a nice distance by spending most of his free time on the couch. But occasionally something happens that rocks his world. Maybe he has an encounter with someone much less fortunate, or he goes on a short-term missions trip. How does this person work through what's happened to him and let it help shape his future?

Jeff Goins issues the challenge of stepping into those opportunities, recognizing the impact they can have on our lives, and then figuring out how to put into perspective these paradigm shifts. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book doesn't advocate running off and doing abnormal things just for the sake of the adventure. Instead, the author encourages us to use these experiences to teach us that life isn't all about ME.

I was particularly encouraged by the section that explained why reaching out to meet a need often hurts us more than it gives us that warm fuzzy feeling, because it causes us to recognize how small we are and how broken the world is.

I'm particularly interested in the implications he makes for young adults, who are typically on a quest to find themselves. Goins recommends that instead of looking at the world as it revolves around me, find a need that calls to my heart and determine what I can do to help meet it.

So many people came to mind as I worked my way through these chapters. I will be recommending this to older teens and twenty-somethings, as well as to anyone coming on short-term mission trips. This book would be a great debriefing tool for mission teams, especially for those people who don't know what to do with the reality-check they've just been exposed to. And I'd definitely recommend it to other long-term missionaries, as it's a nice tool for examining our motives and our vision.

If you want to be wrecked, of if you have been and you don't know where to go from here, get your hands on this book.

I received this book free from christianaudio in exchange for an honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/3/2012)
Excellent
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read. I'd highly recommend it if you are walking through life wondering what your purpose is. Jeff is just a regular guy who has the same questions we all have: Isn't there more to life than stuff?
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Review by / (Posted on 9/20/2012)