Doing Good Is Simple: Making a Difference Right Where You Are

Doing Good Is Simple: Making a Difference Right Where You Are


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Doing Good Is Simple: Making a Difference Right Where You Are by Chris Marlow

What if you could become a powerful force for good in the world without moving overseas, burdening your overwhelmed family, or giving up the comforts of modern life?

Chris Marlow, founder of the global advocacy organization Help One Now, once felt paralyzed in the face of global problems. They seemed too numerous, too complicated, too big—and after all, how much can one person really do? But a wake-up call in Zimbabwe and a closer study of Scripture soon showed Chris that maybe Christians are overcomplicating how to do act justly in a broken world. Maybe all God is calling us to do is set up a lemonade stand for a good cause.

Doing Good is Simple is your practical guide to world change wherever you are. Through Chris’ own journey of an ordinary person seeking God’s good in the world, this book will:

  • Empower you to make a difference where you are
  • Redefine good according to God’s metrics of small, simple things with great love
  • Bring global concepts down to earth for you to find your place in the area where God is calling you
  • Disband the top myths we tell ourselves when it comes to world change and why we aren’t “enough”
  • Free you from your first world guilt complex that drags you down
  • Provide practical, accessible guidelines for getting started today

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310343578
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 554,824
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Marlow is the founder of Help One Now, an organization that mobilizes ordinary people to fight poverty by empowering indigenous leaders to care for the world’s most vulnerable children. Help One Now began in 2009 with a $1,000 investment and has since gathered a tribe who have helped build schools, rescue homes, and medical clinics through simple acts like garage sales, community concerts, and lemonade stands.

Chris is a sought-after speaker at churches and conferences such as Tedx, Plywood People, IdeaCamp, Together for Adoption, and The White House’s gathering of Innovators Doing Good. Chris lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, two daughters, and a German Shepherd pup. Connect with him online at

Table of Contents

Foreword: Foreword Jen Hatmaker 13

Introduction: Good Grief 17

1 Lemonade with a Purpose: How to Start Small Wherever You Are 27

2 Ordinary Is the New Radical: Because Jesus Doesn't Leave Justice to the Professionals 45

3 Despite Your Fears and Failures: Believing You Are Good Enough Because God Is Good 67

4 You've Got the Goods: The Incredible Truth That You Are Already Equipped 87

5 Not Just Good on Paper: Good Is People, Not Projects 107

6 Good and Plenty: Everyone Has Something to Give 133

7 All Great Things Start Small: How to Stage a Movement 159

8 Better Together: How to Find a Good Organization and Partner Together 187

Conclusion: As Good as It Gets 205

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 219

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Doing Good Is Simple: Making a Difference Right Where You Are 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
justcallmegrammy More than 1 year ago
What if doing good was simple... Doing Good is Simple by Chris Marlow, founder of Help One Now is a short read, well-written and engaging. It is not a heavy, guilt laden message aimed at convicting you to sell all your earthly possessions and move to the other side of the world but rather to do good with the gifts God has given you where you are, today. It really is that simple, but as the author reminds simple does not always mean easy. It is easy to just shut down and do nothing when we look at the overwhelming need in our world. Marlow says, "We cannot fix everything overnight, but we have to start somewhere... We can all make a difference. Sometimes it's big; sometimes it is small. Either way--each act of compassion matters to those who are suffering." The book is bursting with examples of ordinary people doing small acts, giving small gifts that together make a huge impact for those who need it most.
Whitney Ludlow More than 1 year ago
Y'all I can't even tell you how much this book has impacted my life, I have never had a book that I have gone back to so many times to re-read all the quotes & passages I have highlighted!! Chris' story is inspiring and he really helps break down how simple ‪#‎DoingGood‬ can be, especially in today's world where it feels like there are so many problems and it can be so overwhelming. This book is amazing, will make you laugh, cry and reflect on how you can best use your gifts and talents to make an impact. Thank you Chris for writing this book! #WeCanDoIt_WeCanDoItWell_WeCanDoItTogether
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've written countless reviews, mainly for romance novels, but have never struggled for words like I have for this review. I guess because this book is in a category of it's own. Romance novels warm my heart and may even cause a few tears to be shed, but this book - Doing Good Is Simple - hit me hard. I'm a person who so easily gets distracted by the busyness of life, and the enormous problems all over the world get shoved to the back of my mind. "It's too much" or "I'll wait until my kids are out of the house to do something" or "I sponsor a child - isn't that enough?" are all thoughts I've had. But I know deep down I could be doing more - not saving the world on my own - but using the talents and skills I have to help in some small way. That's what Doing Good Is Simple is about. I'd share a quote but honestly the entire book is quotable. You just need to get this book! It's a fast read, and I promise you it's worth taking an afternoon to ponder the words.
Algonquin_Bound More than 1 year ago
Big things can come in small packages, and Chris Marlow doesn't disappoint in this book. He writes one of the most compelling books I've read on the Christian's call to to do good, seek justice, and share the Gospel. How can we share the Good News if we aren't helping to feed, clothe, and educate our neighbors. He speaks clearly of not supporting poverty tourism, and bring a group to do a weeklong mission project; however, he talks about building relationships, and making positive change in the communities we are working in. He doesn't call everyone to support Help One Now, but to serve where God is calling them and to do it well.
SheaJay More than 1 year ago
I highlighted almost every page. Chris Marlow opens up and shows us some of his very raw experiences. It's important for us to see our leaders struggle, broken and then come through to the other side. His transparency and honesty brought me to tears many times. His approach inspired me but also lifted the burden of needing to do it all. He gave me tangible ways to do this life meaningfully, and in a manageable way, and without guilt. This world needs his perspective. Some of my friends are reading it now too and they're loving it and feeling inspired as well. So fresh, so totally doable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all know our world is full of people who need help. Sometimes knowing how to help seems overwhelming, and, in response, we do nothing helpful at all. Chris Marlow's book is fantastic because it explains that doing good really is simple, and not only is it simple, it's good for the soul. Most people want to know that they are making a difference. Marlow explains how to make a difference in ways that don't require you to sell everything you own and move to the outer corners of the earth. He engages the reader with steps to help others and do good right where you are at. This book will change your life, if you allow it to! It speaks to the deep places in your soul that want to do more to change the world, and it shows them the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You're living a comfortable life, giving to charity, but you want to do more. You are overwhelmed by the choices in organizations. You wonder if your money, your gifts, your skills could even make a dent in the astronomical problems of this world. Did I describe you? Get this book. You'll be reminded that the entire world is not your burden, but you CAN be used to make real change and save real lives. You'll feel empowered. You'll find yourself waking up from "compassion fatigue." One of the aspects I love most about this book is Chris Marlow's voice. He never takes the condescending tone I find all too common these days. You know the one? The one that uses sarcasm for "humor," which is really a thinly veiled attempt to make you feel bad and the author feel important. The one that pretends to be doing you a favor but comes across as haughty instead. Chris never does that. He is kind and considerate, and he assumes the best of his readers. If you're afraid this book is one more loud, annoying piece of white noise, let me assure you it is not. Chris Marlow's book is a gift for those who want to do good and simply don't know how.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chris Marlow has such a great heart for God and for the poor, widowed, and orphaned. I was a "fan" of Marlow and the work he is doing with HelpOneNow before this book and now I am ALL IN. In this book, Marlow tells his and HelpOneNow's story ,but he also dives deep into how you can do good right where you are at and how important it is to use your gifts to do good. I love that he makes it clear that Doing Good is Simple but not always "Easy" and that there is tension in this that we need to learn to expect and embrace. Overall, this is a great book and easy read I would definitely recommend it.
seattlekln More than 1 year ago
An excellent book. It was funny, encouraging, challenging, and motivating. I definitely feel like I am, as Marlow writes, equipped to Do Good. There were practical tips on how i could get my family engaged in making an impact in my community and in the world. Highly recommended!