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You can change the world—one life at a time.
Most of us enjoy a quality of life that much of the world could not even imagine. It's easy to live unaffected by the injustices and impossible realities on the other side of the world. The truth is, we know we should help those less fortunate than us, but when the faces of those who suffer are distant and the need feels so overwhelming, where do we start? Where ...
You can change the world—one life at a time.
Most of us enjoy a quality of life that much of the world could not even imagine. It's easy to live unaffected by the injustices and impossible realities on the other side of the world. The truth is, we know we should help those less fortunate than us, but when the faces of those who suffer are distant and the need feels so overwhelming, where do we start? Where can we make the most impact?
This compelling, story-driven book urges us to open our eyes to the needs of a hurting world and to get involved in realistic, positive change. It's not about guilt, handouts, or charity—it's about justice, compassion, and change.
It's time for us to be fully awake to the needs of a hurting world . . . and do a world of good one person at a time.
"Noel Yeatts's life will awaken yours. Her personal witness to stories of triumph and tragedy will inspire Christians to get out of the pew and into the world."—Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians and founder of Q Ideas
"Noel saw a need and was willing to fill it and has written about it in this fabulous book. She realizes that it only takes one to reach one, and in this book you will find her story and others that can encourage you to make a difference to someone's quality of life right now."—Thelma Wells, author, speaker, teacher, A Woman of God Ministries; www.ThelmaWells.com
"Noel Brewer Yeatts is a global leader. Her work in the world's most difficult places is changing history right now, and after you read Awake, you'll understand why. This isn't just a book. It's a provocation. By the time you're finished, you'll be making history too."—Johnnie Moore, vice president, Liberty University; author of Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe
Noel Brewer Yeatts is the vice president of World Help (worldhelp.net), a faith-based humanitarian organization that serves the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. She also directs an initiative of World Help called causelife (causelife.org), a movement of people dedicated to providing the most essential need to human life: clean water. Her work has taken her around the world to document the gripping stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS, hunger, poverty, and disease.
1 The Lucky One 9
2 Comfortably Numb 21
3 Eyes Glued Shut 31
4 The Meaning of Enough 47
5 I Knew You Would Come 65
6 The Ripple Effect 75
7 Crystal Clear 89
8 Saving a Dead Man 101
9 Boring, Safe, or Significant 115
10 Let's Roll 127
11 Outraged, Loud, and Bold 141
12 Do Good Now 153
Posted May 30, 2012
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Like the cup of coffee pictured on the cover, Noel’s book beckons the reader to sit for a moment and experience the process of awakening. Through her descriptive writing, your senses will wake up to the needs of the world. You’ll see the faces of girls forced into prostitution; feel the helplessness of holding a dead child in your arms; hear the cry of babies who need rescued; and smell the aroma of the dump where children play in Guatemala. Finally, you’ll taste the warmth of hope – knowing that you can make a difference by living fully awake.
The book is a captivating blend of information. It provides startling statistics of overwhelming hardships throughout the world. It then inspires with personal stories from those who have already been awakened and are making an impact. In 11 short chapters, Noel infuses the reader with the essence of worldwide suffering. She then concludes with practical ways to make a difference in chapter 12. At the close of the book, the reader is fully awake – aware of the tremendous opportunity to do a world of good. Stimulated to action, you’ll never want to fall into a complacent slumber again.
Posted May 25, 2012
“Awake” by Noel Brewer Yeatts is not only well researched and engagingly written; the author’s expertise and life changing experiences make it captivating. It is one thing to write about the needs of the world; it is quite another to live what you have written. I opened it and did not close it until the last page. Awake, a perfect title... One of my best reads.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2012
Awake is a book that when I was reading it, I found myslef putting it down several times. The reason being that, it made me think. The book provides stories personal encounter that Noel had with numerous people from around the world and how a simple commitment to do something however small ends up making a life time impact for the recepient. This is something all of us can do. The statistics that she provided had opened my eyes to the bigger picture of what is at stake in our world.
Awake in my opinion is a book that can is not only a must read, but can be read and understood by the young and old as well as the learned and the unlearned. It forces one to think about how we have made this world a better place than we have found it irrespective of our backgrounds.
The take away for me was the statement that Noel made: "So I want to challenge you: from now on, when you see the injustice in our world, be outraged, be loud, and be bold...Let God break your heart and then when he does, let him use you to change the world."
Posted May 23, 2012
Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time opens one’s eyes to absolute poverty, malnutrition, water borne illness, human trafficking, gender discrimination, and other global issues in such a manner that the author does not put one to sleep with statistics. The book allows the reader to catch a glimpse into the lives of real people who have faced these most difficult of circumstances and now have an opportunity for a better life. What could have been a book that left the reader feeling a sense of despair at the magnitude of the needs, instead leaves the reader with the knowledge and hope that one can make a difference by focusing on one person at a time. It would be difficult to read this book and not be awakened physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. A must read for those who wish to see the world with eyes wide open.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.