Spark: Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time

Spark: Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time

by Jason Jaggard
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Spark: Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time by Jason Jaggard

Develop the Art of Self-Challenge
 
Tired of dreaming about changing your life? Ready to change it? You came to the right place.
 
Jason Jaggard has developed a simple, direct way to practice the art of self-challenge. It requires a willingness to take healthy risks and is energized by the involvement of a small group of fellow risk-takers.
 
Here are just a few of the Spark insights that lead to lasting change:
· More resources are available to you than you realize.
· Living a changed life works best when a few friends get involved.
· When you relearn what “good” is, you experience more goodness in your life.
· Taking a healthy risk is always worth it, even if you fail.

When you practice the art of self-challenge, you notice that your life and the world around you start changing for the better. It involves doing the one thing that only you can do: take responsibility for your life. So go ahead and take your first risk: open this book and start reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307730626
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

JASON JAGGARD is CEO/Founder of Spark Good, a company passionate about unleashing creative potential in individuals and organizations. He is the creator of Spark Groups, an experience thousands of people worldwide have participated in at universities, corporations, faith communities, non-profits, homeless shelters, and in other settings. Before starting Spark Good, Jason worked on staff at Mosaic, a community of faith in Los Angeles. Jason teaches at Pepperdine University and speaks to a wide variety of audiences across the country.

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Spark: Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
asyl2012 More than 1 year ago
If nothing else, the Spark design team sure knows how to make a great book cover, but what is that faithful saying... "Don't judge a book by it's cover."  The main thrust of Juggard's book is transformation, as you can tell from the title, Transform Your World One Small Risk at a Time. Over and over again he points out that we are key to the change that we long to see in the world--how true this is! Nothing will begin to change (in a positive way) until we as believers do something to change it. That something for you may be taking a stand in the workplace or your school or not participating in an activity due to the influences. Maybe you are thinking, Allie, I already do that-- keep doing it! Small things add up. Remember the little boy in the Bible who brought Jesus 5 little loaves of bread and 2 small fishes? Jesus used his "small things" to feed 5,000 people. Think of the word spark, it allows us to vision a little twinkling of fire bursting forth into ignited flames. I would say that little boy with his small things was quite a spark by the end of that day, wouldn't you say? Many times as believers we feel the need to want immediate, drastic change in a situation, but often times this is not the case. Some situations will take days, months, even years until it is where we long for it to be. Don't get discouraged in this though, take hope in the fact that change is coming. This change will come through your dedicated prayer, your consistent, growing walk with Christ, and the constant encouragement of other faithful believers. What is that quote-- "Be the change you long to see in the world!" Be faithful, change is coming! Going back to my introduction, I will say that I was disappointed in the lack of "meat" in Spark. There were times on completion of a chapter, I felt as if the thought trying to be conveyed was lost--the intensity wasn't quite there. While reading, I would want to know where the author was going with his thought only to be disappointed at the end that it was not conveyed. The book seems more motivational and light than others I have read on change in the past. I might recommend this to a friend as an easy, motivational read, but nothing really beyond that.  I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Choose Life. That’s Life with a capital “L”. Jason Jaggard challenges us all to step out and take risks that will lead to an Life with God. In order to accomplish these risks he says that we must do these type of risks: 1. Immediate – something you will do in the next six days. 2. Controllable – something that is within your power to do. 3. Challenging – something that stretches your comfort zone. 4. Positive – something that makes your life or the world better. Jason tells us about “Spark Groups” that meet on a regular basis and challenge each other to take these risks. To me it seemed similar in nature to a “Small Group” although some small groups don’t necessarily open themselves up to taking risks. This is the challenge! This book reads very easily and can be done in one sitting, although to fully get the meaning, I recommend you go over each chapter a couple times and let it thoroughly sink in as to the challenge you will be doing by taking these risks. This can only lead to Life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the book Spark by Jason Jaggard.  The whole premise is to ask oneself "What's one thing I could do this week to better myself or better the world around me?"  The reader is inspired to take healthy risks that stretch the comfort zone, but the beautiful part is that it is for the purpose of serving humanity.  The personal stories and illustrations throughout the book are empowering to the reader.  "When we have the courage to take risks of compassion that produce optimism in others, we create space for God to move and work." 
LeadCoach More than 1 year ago
The best part about reading Jaggard's "Spark" is his gift for storytelling and gentle humor, including occasional self-effacing jabs.  The book is fast-paced and light. This is an easy read for anyone interested in the subject. On the down-side, the book offers little "meat."  There were entire chapters that, after I read them, I thought, "What was the point of that?  How did that chapter help me understand more about taking risks?"  So, while the writing is good and clear and engaging, it is not focused and always purposeful.  In the midst of reading, I often found myself wanting to ask Jaggard, "Jason, where are you going with this?"  The answer was not provided by the end of the chapter. Would I recommend the book? I don't think so. Would I tell someone who was reading it to stop?  No.  I would engage them in a conversation to see what they are learning.
smithk_poet More than 1 year ago
Igniting Your Potential In reviewing this book titled “SPARK”, the author share numerous insights and valuable information on changing your “I can’t “into an “I can” attitude. He reminds us that life is full of risks, but it’s how we handle the risks that matters. The author feels that we sometimes set low goals for ourselves instead of reaching for higher heights because of fear. The book touched on stepping out of one’s comfort zone and move forward in pursuing one’s dreams. We have the desire and a written goal to accomplish, but lack the confidence to move full speed ahead. We oftentimes overthink a thing and that creates a higher risk than it really is. For example, Jesus was walking on the water and Peter asks to come. Jesus told Peter to get out of the boat and come. We have to have that “Get out of the Boat” experience and have faith that we be achievers through Christ. The author shared some great stories in references to his message: What is your God-given potential that could affect the world and why not pursue it? I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jason Jaggard in his new book, “Spark” published by Waterbrook Press shows us how to Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time. From the Back cover: Unleash change in the world. One Spark at a time. Ask yourself this: What’s the one thing I could do this week to have an impact on the world around me? Does the idea of acting on the answer to that question get your heart beating a little faster? If so, you’re probably connecting with an explosive opportunity. God has placed enormous potential inside you for a lifestyle of risk-taking that leads to creative joy, love, strength and peace. All of that needs to be unleashed, one spark at a time. As Jason Jaggard explains, change begins when you question much of what you’ve been taught and start looking at life in a different way. Consider these questions: What does it look like to intentionally take healthy risks? Why do the standard ways that we learn things almost always leave us unchanged? How can we learn in new ways so we can more rapidly become who we are meant to be? If you desire to do what it takes to change your life and the world, use Spark as a catalyst to start today. Partner with God and others to accomplish something beautiful that serves humanity. When you step outside your comfort zone, your experience of life will become more vibrant and full… Your world will begin to change. One Spark at a time. The Dictionary defines “Spark” as, “an ignited or fiery particle such as is thrown off by burning wood or produced by one hard body striking against another.” or “anything that activates or stimulates; inspiration or catalyst.” Jason Jaggard feels that all we have to do is take one small risk and that one action will be the spark that will ignite our world and be the catalyst for change in ourselves. We manage to get comfortable in our routines. We do practically the same things every day, we may be busy but we are busy in our comfortable routines. We need to create a spark that will ignite something not only in our lives but in the world around us. Jason Jaggard walks us through what we need to know so that change can begin in us and the sparks can ignite. To start the car we need a spark. To get us going in a new manner we also need a spark. Jason Jaggard does a much better job in his book, “Spark” than I ever will. I recommend reading this book and experiencing how to spark new into our lives. You will be blessed. I recommend this book highly! If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”