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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. <3Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2012
An Inspiring 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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.