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I was trying to figure out how I was going to put into words what this book is about. Since middle school, I was bitten by the volunteering bug. I was in service clubs since 6th grade, and have done lots of service projects with those clubs and through church. I have packed shoeboxes, passed out brown bag lunches to the homeless, served meals, provided care at a battered women’s shelter, and other similar things. I was a bit afraid to start reading Overrated because what if, by the end of the book, I am going to hear God telling me to sell all my belongings and go save all the children in all the world? No, that is not what God challenges us with through Eugene Cho’s book…not specifically anyway. I think this quote from the first chapter sums it up nicely:
“However, this wasn’t just about starting something. It wasn’t just about doing something. There was more…God was challenging us not just to ‘change the world’; He was inviting us to change. You see, it’s easier to talk about wanting to change the world; to talk about the need to change this and change that; to start this movement and start that organization. But if I’m honest, we don’t always do it, and we don’t always want to think that we, ourselves, have to change in the process.” – pg. 25
God does mighty things. He can do them without us. Yes, he is all-powerful, remember? He doesn’t want us to change the world, He wants us to change. When we change, we can change the world. Cho is very authentic in his book, and even talks about his struggles with letting go of his worldly possession to serve the Lord.
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 EUGENE CHO
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.
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