Book Review: I’ll Push You

Great friends are hard to find.  It’s easy to make friends in good “seasons” – but finding one who will weather the difficult storms of life is rare.  Why is it so hard to find good friends?

Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck take friendship to a whole new level.  Their new book, I’ll Push you: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair addresses what true friendship looks like.  Actually, “friendship” is too soft of a word.  Their commitment to each other is extraordinary.

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Why are these guys special?  Justin was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease where he is unable to use his arms or legs.  Patrick never abandons his friend… in fact, he agrees to a crazy plan to push his friend 500 miles through rough terrain in Spain.

To get a really good feel about their journey, check out this video on YouTube: http://woobox.com/965dan/j4h92q… you’ll be inspired just by the trailer!

I’ll Push You is one of the best stories I have read in a long time.  It’s about authentic relationships, deep faith and a willingness to push the boundaries of what humans think is possible.  It was so good, I finished on a cross country flight… and I think it’s best read in one or two sittings to keep up on the details of their journey (they travel the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain).

Get this book!  Your perspective on life will change.  These guys will challenge you to be a better person.

 

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People of the Second Chance: Book Review

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Everyone has a story… and it matters… a lot.

Mike Foster’s new book: People of the Second Chance was a great reminder about the power of story.  Without spoiling the content, Mike reveals a troubling story from his past… and I was captivated by his response to it.  Like most of us, Foster explains how we believe the lies we tell ourselves about our most shameful stories.  We either minimize the damage, or we allow ourselves to define ourselves by our shame.

Half way through the book, I found myself thinking differently about my past mistakes and the shameful secrets I allow to shape my current story.  What do I need?  The same thing most of us crave: a second chance.

I’ll admit, some of what Mike does is kind of quirky and even corny.  At the same time, it’s genuine.  The core content of the book is solid.  Sometimes we just need a reminder that we’re valuable, loved and everything about our past mistakes is redeemable.

Need something that will make you think and provide a deep sense of encouragement – get a copy of this book.

Many books I read and review come directly from publishers. Please note, however, that I am not paid to review any of these books, and that everything I say about a book is my own opinion.

The Happiness of Pursuit – Book Review

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This is my story.  No one can take it from me.  And that has made everything entirely worth it. The Happiness of Pursuit

Have you ever thought, “There has to be something more than this!”  If so, you might be ready for a quest… according to author and adventurer Chris Guillebeau in his new book The Happiness of Pursuit.

Guillebeau has an amazing way of inspiring and making his subject matter seem reachable.  A lot of inspirational stuff seems to be about a person who is superhuman where I say at the end of the book, “Wow!  That was incredible.  Too bad I could never do that.”

The Happiness of Pursuit has a plan to take a global quest where the quest seeker only has to save only $2 a day for a year (no need to be superman to do that!).

I have to admit, I’m a little jealous of the work Chris Guillebeau does.  He travels the world (well, he literally visited every country in the world on his quest) as research to write a really inspiring book.  But, he doesn’t spend the entire book talking about himself.  He also reached out to other fellow quest followers and shares what does and doesn’t make a good quest.

Over the past five years I have been interested in the idea of “telling a better story” with my life.  Gillebeau doesn’t just talk about the need to do something inspiring, his book actually lays out some practical guidelines (or principles) for making a real quest happen.

If you feel like you need to do something more than what you are currently doing, or if you have  burning passion to make a real difference… you need to get this book!  You won’t regret taking a new pursuit, especially if you realize that the real reward is the happiness you experience along the way.

Many books I read and review come directly from publishers. Please note, however, that I am not paid to review any of these books, and that everything I say about a book is my own opinion.