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Posted October 9, 2011
I think that this family's desire to serve and to inspire others to serve is commendable, but I don't think that they need to travel around the country to do it. Throughout the book, they say you don't have to do what they did to serve - that you can just help out locally. I wonder whether or not this would have come to mind if they had not had a deep desire to go RVing full-time. Because in some ways, it seems to me that by the time they get settled in to a new place and know where to help, it is time to leave again (two month is not a long time).
Throughout the book, I read how tight money was and how they couldn't afford to buy certain things that they needed. Then how miraculously someone would give them what they needed or they would get it at a very reduced price. Example: Ben, their eldest son, needed a microscope for his studies, but they didn't have the funds to purchase one for him. Then the next place they go, someone gives them a used one and also a few other school supplies that they will need. Yet, they can spend money to travel back and forth to meet with people to discuss a reality show or a book deal (can you guess which one they picked). But, the most annoying thing to me was their acknowledgements at the end of the book. Right after thanking their financial donors, they leave the link to their website, which to me is a not so subtle hint for you to give money. I just don't like when people do that.
They say in the book how you can help your LOCAL homeless shelter, LOCAL nursing home, LOCAL shut-ins, etc., yet that is not what they did. They sold their house, their extra cars, a lot of their possesions (they rented three storage units for some of their stuff) and bought an R.V. to travel the country to do their charitable work. That seems very contradictory to me. They talk about how hard this life-style is and how everytime they ask the kids if they should stop, the kids say NO! I wonder why? Yes they serve others, but they get to experience so much. Traveling around the country, meeting new people, and people have given them free things (i.e. ski lessons, free day(s) at Disney World, a hot air balloon ride, and the list goes on and on). And when they get tired of being in the RV? Well, people have offered them houses to stay in or invited them to share a house that they had rented and let them stay for free and many times they have a place for them where they can park their RV. for free too. So no wonder they want to continue to do this, they get to have their dream (traveling in a RV), when it gets too tiring, they get to stay in a house and they have perks of free vacations and free things. They have the best of both worlds. It means a lot more to me when you don't do things for the recognition, and I know that they would say they aren't but...
I felt that the whole message of this book could have been said in one chapter and that the rest of the book was filled with their doubts, worrys and perks. I found reading this book to be a chore. While I do admire their desire to serve, I would not recommend this book.
*** I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers through FIRST Wild Card Tours. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done. ***
Posted September 19, 2011
A testimony to God's unfailing love, and how through Him your passion and desire to serve can be ignited.
Jay and Beth Loecken were a typical family living the American dream, great job, nice house, cars, toys, and not lacking for any 'thing'. Yet they were missing out on something and couldn't quite put their finger on it. Deciding to take a mission trip to Africa with 3 of their 4 children and serve in a small community changed their way of thinking from then forward.
They were missing what God had called them to and got caught up in the 'stuff' that the world calls us to. Giving up all the 'stuff' and going on the road in an RV the family set out to serve where God led them. They met families along the way that they were able to be blessed by and be a blessing. They worked side by side with churches sharing their message of not only talking about helping others, but coming along side of them and going out and getting programs started.
Throughout the book Jay and Beth share their own personal testimonies, stories from their childhood, and ways God has worked in their lives. We read bits from the children and how the experience of travelling in the RV has affected them. An autobiography of their mission and how God brought it to fruition, not only in their own lives but also in a way to share it with others.
I loved the open honesty of Jay and Beth, like they were talking to good friends in writing the book. They didn't hold back from their story and make it sound all glittery and golden but gave us the hardships that came with starting a ministry such as this. They didn't write as if they were hero's, but more like those who they served were the real hero's. They were very big into Random Acts of Kindness which is a universally understood concept. I loved how they could utilize that with fellow Christians as well as those who were unsaved.
It was definitely a book that got me thinking, am I living for the now or am I living for eternity??
Posted September 16, 2011
Some people spend their whole lives in the quest to have enough money, to live comfortably and to be able to provide for their families whatever they need. The Loecken family finally after long and difficult struggles achieved what most would call the pinnacle of success. They now owned a 4500 square foot home, had two cars paid off, just finished decorating and upgrading their home and were in the process of purchasing a boat. Life for them was so good they even compiled a list of wants that would estimate to cost about 40,000 and over time were able to cross them off one by one, paid for in cash.
They had family vacations and finally could breathe a whole lot easier. Yet despite all Jay's long hours as a mortgage broker, money couldn't satisfy like it did before. Soon he was giving up spending time with his family in lieu of more hours at the job to provide more money to buy more stuff to fill their huge home. Beth had the luxury of being able to stay at home and raise the kids but deep within her past lay very deep, dark secrets that would thrust her into a deep depression that would almost claim her life.
That was the proverbial straw that needed to be broken, that would change how the Loecken family would view their lives and circumstances from here on out and completely change the world view of success in one's life. Taking a mission's trip to Africa was just what they needed. Jay and Beth, took their three oldest children with them and left their youngest son, Noah at home. Spending two weeks in Africa completely changed each of them in different ways.
Now Jay and Beth wanted more than money could buy. They spent the last two weeks serving the needs of others while right in their own backyard, there were people hurting every day they could help. Jay and Beth did the extreme. Without the support of most of their friends and family, they sold it all, and bought an RV. They would spend their time traveling and serving wherever they could, from cleaning used books in Portland, Oregon, to crushing cans in a Senior Center in McCall, Idaho, they would recreate what they saw on the other side of the world: purpose, joy, simplicity, and service.
In the book, Passion To Action, Jay and Beth Loecken share their inspiration and story along with that of their family on what brought them to this decision and how it has impacted them today. Along with their personal stories, there are challenges for all of us to find out what our passion is and how we can move from the dream stage to making it a reality. This book will inspire you to change that dream inside us all.
I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and can't think of a better way to begin to incorporate this into small Bible Group studies into a much larger church, community movement. This will provide you with the head start you need. It takes the fear we all face during our moments of making dreams come to life, and moves fear out of the way, so we can learn to take risks towards making it a reality. I know for me it has dramatically changed my own personal fears of finding a way to serve by putting those fears on the back burner where they belong, and avoid keeping them as roadblocks in front of me. This one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for you all to pick up this book and begin your own movement today.
Posted August 21, 2011
We're just a family of six, but if we can inspire others to break out of their comfort zones, pursue their dreams, push past fear, and act on what they know-how the world could be different. ~Jay Loecken
Passion To Action by Jay and Beth Loecken is the autobiography of one family with one purpose, and one passion - to be used by God. Jay and Beth Loecken, with Laura Morton, share the intimate details of their lives, past and present, that led them into this ministry. They were one ordinary family living the American Dream. They did not need to depend upon God. But as they admit, although they were active Christians, they were idolaters, worshiping materialism. They longed for a passion for God that would drive them to reach and minister to those who do not have a relationship with Him.
In the summer of 2007, five members of this family went to Africa for a short-term missions trip. That experience changed their lives. In April of 2008, they made a move that was radical for the Lord. They sold most of their possessions, and all six members moved into an RV, to become , as one pastor said, "missionaries without church support".
This is their story.
Included between the covers are ten challenges to take you out of your comfort zone and stretch your territories. You will be inspired to do the same work this family does, on a local level in your community. From the ministry of this family, you'll glean ideas to serve others and open the doors to share Jesus. This is an inspiring book that will drive your heart into the lost world
Posted February 3, 2012
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