Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life

Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life

by Jeff Goins, Michael Hyatt
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Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins

What happens when a broken world slams into your comfortable life?

Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It’s about radical sacrifice and selfless service—how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It's a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It's about living like we mean it. It’s a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane.

This book is for us—a generation intent on pursuing our life's work in a way that leaves us without regrets.

Author Jeff Goins shares his own experience of struggling as a missionary and twentysomething who understands the call to live radically while dealing with the everyday responsibilities of life. Wrecked is a manifesto for a generation dissatisfied with the status quo and wanting to make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802483645
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 975,106
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JEFF GOINS was born and raised outside of Chicago. After graduating from Illinois College, he spent a year on the road with a band and was once recognized on the streets of Taipei. An author, speaker, and writing coach, Jeff's work has been featured on some of the largest blogs in the world. He lives in Franklin, TN with his family. You can find him online at:www.goinswriter.com.
JEFF GOINS Originally from Chicago, IL, Jeff graduated from Illinois College with a degree in Spanish and Religion. Immediately after graduating, he spent a year traveling with a music ministry, playing concerts in churches, schools, and prisons for a year. In 2006, he moved to Nashville, where he now lives with his wife and dog. Jeff works for Adventures in Missions, a short-term missions agency. You can visit him online at www.goinswriter.com.

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Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
KSmithDsgn More than 1 year ago
I bought 'Wrecked' on a whim, via recommendation of another blogger I follow. I read the synopsis and was immediately excited for it, and ordered it right away. I could not put this book down. Jeff writes poignantly and familiarly that has you feeling like your friend is giving you instruction on how to REALLY live for Jesus. I mean, really, truly, wholly live for Him. This book not only instructs you in how to get wrecked (which can be done in your own backyard), but encourages you to stay that way so you can continue to serve, and be compassionate to those in your community, or within a ministry that really pulls on your heart strings. This book could not have come at a more perfect time for myself and my husband who are twentysomethings look for 'more' in a world that has lost touch with what 'more' really means. Jeff will inspire you, encourage you, and make you take bold steps toward being a compassionate, passionate Christian. If you're serious about taking steps to really change your life, and turn it upside down for God, you have to read this book.
HipsterandHymn More than 1 year ago
Jeff Goins touches on a subject that most people have learned one way or another. We realize as humans that a lot of times we have to hit rock bottom in order for our hearts to change. Jeff challenges readers to live the life they have been called to after being wrecked. He reminds us that we have been wrecked for a purpose and uses personal stories to help us act upon our being wrecked.
MOchocki More than 1 year ago
Jeff has always told it as he sees it. That's why I've followed his blog for so long. He doesn't disappoint in this book. He sends a challenge to the reader - and one that I interpreted as: OPEN YOUR EYES. I connected to this book instantly and found myself highlighting text on nearly every page. I've lived a rather sheltered and safe life, and simply reading this book called me to open my eyes and look around at the world. The world is hurting - but to help it, I needed to hurt too. As Jeff writes, "Doing good sometimes feels bad." It's a great book, and one that I will share with many people and groups, including my church. We all need to get a little "wrecked" - and this book is a great first step.
KJ_Noir More than 1 year ago
I admit that Goins has already been a favorite of mine for a while. What first interested me in what he has to say was his transparency. He is open, honest and teaches us to learn with him through his mistakes, victories and character. This is a book that embodies all of those great qualities and more. If I weren't already a fan of Goins, this would have made me one. When I first started reading, I was just over halfway through before I realized I hadn't set it down since I picked it up. I plan to read it again as often as possible and found myself taking notes as I started reading through it again this morning! I'm thinking about all of the people that will benefit from reading it and found myself quoting Goins during a discussion the other day. This book is for leaders while being for those who think they have nothing to offer. For artists and for those those that have always been too afraid to express themselves. For the analytical mind that is a dreamer at heart. For the suffering and the triumphant. For this generation and all of the ones that proceeded it. No matter the background, no matter the circumstance or the season of life, Wrecked has something for everyone. Like the writings of the great C.S. Lewis, I feel like Goins is a voice that will continue to inspire, guide and give reason to celebrate. This review doesn't even give the book justice. Every loved one with an ability to read is going to be getting a copy of this book from me! Do yourself a favor and check it out!
sundijograham More than 1 year ago
This book put life back into perspective for me. It's too easy to be comfortable in a nation where entitlement overpowers everything else. We're too focused on our jobs, getting the next best thing, being perfect, rather than really figuring out what our purpose is. "Wrecked" calls for you to stop making excuses and start doing something. It will challenge you to stop thinking about yourself and paying attention to others around you. If your life is comfortable, there's a problem. My life is way too comfortable and thanks to Jeff Goins and his powerful words, I'm ready to step back into the uncomfortable.
Danny_G More than 1 year ago
Are you comfortable? If you have traveled on a plane at some point a flight attendant may ask this question. Why? Why is being comfortable so important? In his book Wrecked, Jeff Goins shares stories of how his life was altered--wrecked--by the world around him. Seeing other people suffering, hurting, needy, and desperate caused him to reflect on his own life, his worldview, and his calling. This was not an easy book to read as it challenged me to live outside myself and not become self-absorbed. I was spurred to live for more than just me and make a differnce in the lives of others. I was wrecked reading this book and I am sure others will as well. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
AnthonyVToscano More than 1 year ago
Mr. Goins has for some time now been building a career by writing about writing. Most of his many readers express gratitude for the so-called inspiration that Goins provides for them. Of course, these same readers are seeking inspiration. In life one tends to find exactly what one seeks.. In this book Mr. Goins encourages readers to leave their comfort zones. Perhaps many twenty-something young adults can afford to pick up and leave home in search of a way to live for Jesus. Perhaps not. Jeff Goins book is cute in a naive way. Nothing special here about the author's prose. Good newspaper article material. Even better grist for the Reader's Digest mill. Older folks are likely to smile as they read _Wrecked_.
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This book is profound. Just a little bit of the book makes me want to buy the full version.
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ScottW1 More than 1 year ago
We often hear; this book is a must read. Well, this book is a must read. It gets to the core of every person that has ever desired to live their destiny and purpose. I highly recommend this book. I have started buying copies and giving them to friends, you will do the same when you read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wrecked, by Jeffey Goins, is one of those books that pulls at the spirit in one of the most ironic ways- speaking about pain. Geared for those seeking to fulfill a deep calling in their soul for service, e(specially restless Millenials), Goins delivers an elegant classic about spritual development and personal achievement. This message is not delivered in the typical "You can do it" way, rather it is delivered in gritty realism (peppered with pop references) experienced by him and others as they stepped into a new, more powerful way of being. It speaks poignant truth without being overtly preachy, which is a refreshing break from other "religious" books. Chapter 4,which covers the author's own personal experience of being "wrecked", demonstrates Goins' ability to convey insight and grace with just a few of words. The later chapters delve into even more complex aspects of service and the helping relationship that I never even considered, though I knew they existed. I highly recommend this book for anyone going to the human services or in the nonprofit field, because it will bring you face to face with the full gamut of service, both positive and negative. Personally, I'm going to recommend it my Social Work teachers and two friends who are going into ministry The book could have been better broken up with principles ane steps, although I understand the author's reluctance to use it. Jeff Goins makes the point that there is no clear cut path to your destiny. At times it's messy, complicated sometimes lonely and other times incredibly gratifying. Overall, the book is life-altering and (erroneous) belief-shattering book that will take those who read it outside their comfort zone into the reality that we live in and away from the illusion that we chase. I was changed by the book and look forward to purchasing the print copy (I've read the Kindle edition) and reviewing it on Saturdays. Comments Be prepared to re-read the book as a lot of information is packed into this book. Doing this will ensure that you can digest the material. Read this book with paper and pencil because you will encounter quotes, have unique insights, and ideas that you will want to act upon. This book (especially the last chapters of the book) hold great advice and tips for people in all phases of life from high school to older age. The book may make some people uncomfortable, it deals with topics that are often glossed over in ".Christian" or "religious" books, including sacrifice, pain, and uncertainty when following the spiritual path. Comment | Permalink
Elisabeth_Cutrer More than 1 year ago
This book is different. And “different” IS what you are looking for. Close your eyes and listen to your heart beating. Remember yourself as a kid. Think back to the first time you ever reached out to help someone. Maybe it was lending a pencil or some milk money. Maybe it was patting the back of a friend after they struck out in little league. Maybe it was giving your last stick of gum away or even joking with your kid brother to get him to flash that toothless smile after he skinned his knee. Whatever the moment was, it felt right. It was good. You were reaching outside of your self-centered child world to ease the life of another. Do it again. Read this book. Realize that you have been given a gift—a gift of extra pencils, milk money, mercy, gum, or humor and the reason you’ve been given that gift is for the benefit of others. Now, open your eyes. Open your eyes to a world filled with pain and suffering. Truly look into the eyes of the sadness you’ve been ignoring. Keep going even though it is uncomfortable. Be prepared to cry and realize that you are completely helpless to fix it. Then, lean on the Source of true compassion and let Christ strengthen you to do the next thing. (Even if that next thing is staying put.) Whether you are a businessman, a student, a barista, a grandma, a doctor, a plumber, or a stay-at-home mom, I think reading this book and letting it penetrate your heart and mind will change you. “It’s about pouring out the gifts we’ve been given for the benefit of others.” (pg 155) “In a world that refuses to be healed, we must face the fact that we are not the heroes of our stories. It teaches us to rely on something bigger than ourselves and teaches the source of true compassion.” (pg. 34)
DonyaDunlap More than 1 year ago
Wrecked had me in tears by the end of chapter one. Not tears of joy or or sorrow necessarily, but tears because Mr. Goins had put into words all of the emotions and thoughts that I have recently gone through during a time of growth and change. From there the book continued to move me with tales of the author's own experiences and heart-warming stories of people around the world that have sacrificed their lives and plans for the sake of the poor and lonely. It challenged me to move beyond a desire to help others and gave me a direction to pursue in achieving my goals of making a difference in my community. If you are searching for meaning in life and have a desire to make an impact on your world for good, you MUST get this book. It will change you.
ItsJustMMimi More than 1 year ago
“To be wrecked begins with an experience that pulls you out of your comfort zone and self-centeredness, whether you want it to or not.” Thus is the compelling definition of what it means to be wrecked, and the premise of Goins’ book. Wrecked is a book I took in ever so slowly, savoring each word – much like I do when I’m sipping on the best-made white chocolate mocha that my neighborhood Starbucks has to offer. I had to take my time to read this book because so much of it provoked and challenged me. Wrecked explores our innate need to find worth and significance, to matter and make a difference in a world inhabited by over seven billion people. Thus, Jeff’s statement, “I want to be the kind of person who doesn’t stall, who faces a decision and boldly steps into it, aware of all the other opportunities I’m missing. I don’t want to be afraid of what I’m missing; instead, I want to embrace what I get to experience” spoke expressly to my heart and mind because it echoes the thoughts and sentiment of my heart. For me, being Wrecked is not an experience I want to run away from, it’s something I want to run to. If you’re looking for the inspiration and motivation to change your paradigm, come out of your comfort zone, and receive affirmation for your desires to impact and influence your world, then Wrecked is the book for you. Read it, and watch your life change. Read it – and be wrecked. Blessings, Michelle Matthews Calloway (ASwirlGirl)
StacyMC More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a book that will open your eyes and your heart to the needs around us this is a book for you. It is filled with touching stories and deep insights that will move and soften your heart. Each time that I picked up the book I was deeply moved and/or inspired. You won't be able to read this book and walk away the same as you were before. Get ready to be wrecked in order to make real changes.
LaMcCoy More than 1 year ago
Wrecked: by author Jeff Goins. We live our pleasure seeking, stuff accumulating lives and try to keep the big secret. Pleasure seeking does not make us happy. When we can stand the secret no longer, what do we do now? We are listless, no direction, no plans. We live in fear. We’re Wrecked! Goins: “What it means to be wrecked—what it really means—is that you do the hard thing. You step into discomfort. And this is how life is…. Life is not about you.” “Welcome the anxiety that comes with doing the right choice.” Understand what I am saying here. Buy it!
TorConstantino More than 1 year ago
This book will be a challenging read for most people because we've become so used to the pursuit of our own comfort, happiness and desires. Author Jeff Goins shares his personal stories of being "wrecked" by first hand experiences facing poverty and homelessness - here and abroad - that stirred him to fearlessly serve others and engage life. This book will stretch and enlarge your own life as well - if you let it.
KatieTevis More than 1 year ago
Did you used to long for the American dream? Did you want to live in a beautiful house with a beautiful spouse, raise beautiful children, and work at a beautiful job with a beautiful paycheck? But now you're thinking maybe all of that isn't so...beautiful...and you're wondering if there is something more? Something more fulfilling? Something with purpose? If you have reached that stage in your life, grab a copy of Wrecked by Jeff Goins. It won't be comfortable, but he'll show you how to find the something more you've been yearning for - and never go back. Jeff is a talented writer with an easy, down-to-earth style that is fun to read. I'm so glad I read this book. Highly recommend!
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Michele-Lyn More than 1 year ago
I want to act on what is most important, but it first requires knowing what that is. And discovering what that is, my friend, is the process that I could easily call--being WRECKED. Jesus said it like this, "If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your, cross and follow Me. If you try to hold on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it." Matthew 16:24-25 NLT Jeff Goins did a very good job teaching us what this means. I would recommend Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life, to you. Jeff has written it courageously, and transparently. It will stir your heart and challenge you to pursue God to find your true calling. God has used it as a word-in-due season for me.
AwakenedAnew More than 1 year ago
Jeff’s book is a must read for anyone who has wondered if they were created for something more. He addresses why we all have an innate feeling of emptiness in our lives and why if we remain inactive we will never truly be filled. He compels us, “to be wrecked with a deep, reckless faith that confounds the world and maybe even puzzles us at times. It will be worth it.”
SKimHenson More than 1 year ago
Wrecked doesn't sound like a good thing. However, less than halfway through the book, I had different thoughts. I try to be grateful for hard times because of the lessons they offer, but Wrecked offers a contrasting perspective, one of wanting for those times. I pocketed ideas about making tough times not just about me, but about others. In other words, making our wreckage matter. My favorite sentence is "Being wrecked is about us, but compassion is about others." Jeff makes it crystal clear that never the two shall meet without a commitment on our parts. He wrote Wrecked to encourage us to do just that, commit to being wrecked and commit to making a difference in a wrecked world.
PastorAshton More than 1 year ago
Jeff Goins' book "Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life" is page after page of thought-provoking illustrations of a life in pursuit of purpose. A life well lived is not found in the comfort of your everyday life. It's found in the moments that blindside you. When you're willing to do the unthinkable and try something new. It requires purpose and intentionality. "Wrecked" will open your eyes to a new way of living that will blow your mind. I would caution readers that this is not a haphazard read. "Wrecked" will tug your heart strings and challenge you to live life for more than yourself. I highly recommend this book without reservation as a call to selfless living. Note: I received an advanced copy of "Wrecked" for the purpose of writing a review.
SThacker More than 1 year ago
This book will challenge and inspire you to see the world differently with fresh eyes. In it, Jeff Goins, writer, tells you how his life changed when it slammed into a broken world. He also encourages you along the way to take the same journey. The end result will leave you wrecked for good.