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Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    This is an amazing book. I read it in one day straight through.

    This is an amazing book. I read it in one day straight through. Doc speaks the heart wrenching truth of the real africa that is not spoken about on the news. Books like this give me hope for the world, even through all the pain and suffering people are still able to help and be helped. I was so humbled page after page hearing all of these stories. It is nice to hear that a normal person can make such a change in the world. No wonder he is a CNN hero. <3

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    An InspirĀ­ing Book

    Wine to Water by Doc Hend­ley is a non-fiction mem­oir of the author start­ing the Wine to Water non-profit. The char­ity brings clean water to many parts of the world.

    A small town bar­tender named Doc Hend­ley launched a wine tast­ing events to help bring aware­ness to clean water projects around the world. Instead of donat­ing the money, Doc found him­self being an anchor pres­ence and start­ing his own char­ity – Wine to Water.

    Fac­ing Jan­jaweed ter­ror­ists, mass mur­der, admin­is­tra­tive red tape and other chal­lenges, Doc man­aged to stretch the charity’s money to bring clean water to many deserv­ing peo­ple around the world.

    Wine to Water by Doc Hend­ley, a CNN hero, is an inspir­ing book told in the prose of the liked and endear­ing author. While never own­ing a motor­cy­cle I have hung out in one or two biker’s bars, met peo­ple much like Doc described in his book and always felt wel­comed – even with the tough­est crowd.

    The high­light of the book for me was Doc’s inge­nu­ity get­ting water and equip­ment to remote places around the world. Sur­viv­ing some dan­ger­ous, almost deadly events, los­ing friends and fac­ing hur­dles from bureau­crats, local and inter­na­tional will break most peo­ple – but Doc kept on. Wit­ness­ing gov­ern­ment spon­sored geno­cide would have most peo­ple run­ning for the hills – but not Doc.

    The story was well paced, easy to read and inter­est­ing. Doc doesn’t mince words about his expe­ri­ence, the peo­ple he worked with and met, or the orga­ni­za­tions he worked with or for. Being the son of a preacher man the book does evoke some reli­gious aspects – not in a preachy way but some, I felt, in the wrong spots.

    The book is told in the charm­ing voice of Doc, if there was a ghost­writer involved, it cer­tainly didn’t seem like it to me. The book might have needed a pro­fes­sional touch in some places, but then it might have lost its charm and I think the author/editor/publisher deci­sion to live it in Doc’s voice was a good one.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Proof that one person can make a difference - can you?

    Amazing story of a normal person who changed his world. Proof that you don't have to be perfect to make a change. Follows Doc's idea of Wine to Water from pre-conception, through inception, to the future. I wish I were rich enough to buy everyone a copy.

    I really think this would be a great book for all schools have as part of their curriculum. Teaches amazing life lessons, opens the readers eyes to some of the problems and compassion you have to have in the real world, and teaches the importance of following what your heart tells you.

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