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Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  955 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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, helpi
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Moody Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I should point out up front, that I strongly dislike whenever an author writes a book about religion without explicitly admitting as much on the cover or in the title or in the section it's shelved. It feels deeply dishonest, which is ironic when talking about a book that is aimed at telling others how they should feel and act and behave in the world. If you feel you have to sneak your christianity in the back door, I'd submit that you shouldn't be including it anyway. After all, if an author ca ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ended on a sour note for me. Has inspiring, if preachy, nuggets of good advice about sticking to a social service calling even (and especially) when the going gets hard. Talks about how to be committed to a day job as practice for when your life's calling appears. But it was irritating how shocked the writer was by what are common occurrences in city life -- a homeless guy asking for money and spending it on beer, the first homeless guy he meets in Spain and how conflicted he is about giving him ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
It's hard to rate this book. I appreciated the overall message of it and found quite a few nuggets of truth and challenge. It strikes a great balance between exhorting people to get out of our areas of comfort while recognizing that "settling down" and making commitments might actually be that zone of discomfort many of us need. Based on this it should get 4 or even 5 stars.

However, the book is aimed very squarely at 20-somethings and therefore not entirely my style. My first irritant was the a
Rebekah Boisvert
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Meh. I hate to be Debbie Downer here, but I found this book obvious, redundant, and preachy. Perhaps I'm not the right audience, because frankly, most of what is put forward here did not strike me as new information. I wanted to like it; I always WANT to like books, mostly because I hate wasting my time. I was also very distracted by the religiosity laced throughout. "WRECKED" also bothers me. I find it silly and immature (so deliberately trying to coin a catch-phrase)- and it sounds like someth ...more
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I bought this book bc it was promoted on Michael Hyatt's blog and came with a bunch of freebies, most of which have since come in electronic formats that so far I have not been able to open. Sucker!
I put this book in the category of Francis Chan's "Crazy Love" and others that admonish the reader to get out of their comfort zone and do something daring for the gospel. I don't disagree that the gospel is a "big" story and most North Americans have probably become far too comfortable with the statu
Christie Hagerman
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this as an audio book read by the author himself, and am I ever thankful for that pause feature on my mp3 player! Every few minutes, I found myself pausing to take notes or to process what I'd just heard. I am sure I'll be wading through some of those ideas for a long time.

The book starts by outlining the status quo--the person loving life in his safe little world, content to watch other people have adventures on reality TV and keep a nice distance by spending most of his free time
Ruthanne Reid
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book really took me by surprise.

I don't always post book reviews. I'll make remarks occasionally, but rarely has a book moved me so much that it deserves a major spotlight.

This is a book about honesty. This is a book about the simple fact that true satisfaction doesn't come from hedonism, from the simple pursuit of happiness. This is a book about accepting a terrible, wonderful truth: the purpose of my life is not about me.

This book can get uncomfortable. It asks hard questions, reveals sho
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Compassion, missions, doing things that matter.

Jeff Goins has a unique and justified perspective on these topics.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I even took two pages of notes.

One of my favorite topics he talked about was commitment: "Trying to be effective in everything means not being effective in anything."

Adventure is important, but commitment to something long term is equally important. If we live our lives bouncing from one adventure to the next, the initial feeling of wonder is going to
Maria Keckler
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With every page my heart leaps!

Goins is describing my life… what I’ve known for a long time… what makes me live on the edge, then leap from perfectly good ships on to the turbulent waters of faith and adventure and compassion.

He’s given a name to what I had not been able to describe with a single word.

Yes, I believe I’m wrecked!

Read it at your own risk–if you dare to be changed forever.

Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is geared towards college students and young twenty-somethings. I didn't get much out of it because it doesn't match my life season. Also, I struggled with how his approach to a broken world was filling needs and fixing things. There was no dignity given to those being served, the strengths of those in the margins were not considered. There was a definite "us vs them" mentality. It doesn't match the values of Christian Community Development,
Joy Lenton
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jeff Goins: You have 'wrecked' my life - but only in a good way. It started with reading 'You Are a Writer:So Start Acting Like One' which seriously managed to realign the view I'd had of my 'dabblings' and 'scribblings' into one of being able to proclaim that I am truly a poet/blogger/writer etc and to start acting like one - gulp!

As if that wasn't life-transforming enough, I also read (and inwardly digested) the great writerly advice and suggestions put forward on your web site. Life as I knew
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not often read evangelical Christian writing, but I quite enjoyed this author's "Three reasons to travel while you're young" article that I came across online, and I started reading his book to see what else he had to say. As someone who spent much of my twenties living abroad, his ideas resonate with me quite a bit. If you haven't had those experiences that wreck you, then it may be hard to understand. But in my case, I'd say wrecked is an understatement. My experiences abroad completely s ...more
Tyler Hurst
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Jeff Goins I know writes about writing. His blog dispenses many tips on how to become a better writer. His last ebook, You Are A Writer, was about the steps required to go from aspiring writer to real one. I found it helpful.

First, a few things on the top of my head.

Goins mentions God, references He and Him, and quotes and paraphrases (I think they were paraphrases, anyway) the Bible often in Wrecked. I'm not a religious person and I don't believe in god, gods or God. But I believe in faith,
Timothy Burns
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Christian literature has a problem with suffering. We don’t like it. Suffering is contrary to a hybrid gospel that revolves around the blessings of hard work, and the reward that ultimately follows. Some (distasteful) strains of Christian faith even preach that God wants his people to be healthy and wealthy, and to be otherwise is a sign of personal failure. As a result of our aversion to personal trials, seculars and sacreds alike attempt to build lives from behind which we attempt to banish su ...more
Jennifer Lambert
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As Christians, we're not supposed to actually admit that. We're supposed to be content in all circumstances and all that. It's eyebrow-raising to admit you're feeling a hole in your heart or soul. Yet, I feel like that all the time. And, yes, it's a different feeling than that God-shaped hole the Bible thumpers hawk to the unsaved heathens. I've been there too. I was one of those.

The tagline: When A Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life. Do you feel it too? The status quo has never been
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so powerful it hurt as I was reading it. Goins goes places that most writers dare not to touch: the idea that life is supposed to be uncomfortable. If we are comfortable then we aren't doing it right.

He isn't talking about our material comfort necessarily; he is talking about the comfort we have with the world. Americans have an uncanny ability to forget how good we have it. We can ignore the poverty and pain in our own towns and cities by writing those people off as "hopeless or d
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. There is a reason Jeff Goins is getting so much attention right now. And no, it's not just because he knows how to market and release a book well. It's not just because he has one of the best blogs out there on writing. And it's not just because he writes great guest posts for popular blogs many of us visit. [I even just stumbled across his interview in the 2014 Writer's Market. Man, this guy's career is taking off fast].

The reason he's getting so much attention is because of his writ
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
You would never know it based on the title but this book is as much about Christian ministering as it about making sense of the world we live in. My main problem with this is the 'bait and switch' about leaving this fact out of the title/subtitle.

It is fine to write about world view from a Christian perspective on navigating life. Just make it clear to the reader ahead of time rather than having them wade in before revealing the true nature of the piece.
Brad Blackman
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great job, Jeff. Your first book was great. You sound older and more experienced than your 30 years would suggest.

Honestly, at the end, I regretted not going on more adventures in my early 20s. But I'm on a new kind of adventure now: being a Dad. It wrecks you in a different way.
Amy Young
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
While I think this is a book that anyone could benefit from, I believe it is especially poignant for those in early adulthood or those further along in life who are dissatisfied and feeling that life is missing something.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, powerful book that will change lives - starting with mine! So much wisdom. Do the hard thing, the uncomfortable thing. Start where you are and commit. It's not about us. What we WANT is secondary to what we are called to do. READ THIS BOOK. Then read it again.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Love it. Written compellingly, openly, and brutally honestly.

And it is moving.

Make it a, "Must read."
Carol Tice
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read! I love Jeff's blog -- a deserving winner of this year's Top 10 Blogs for Writers.
Kt Goar
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous. Must read and excellent recalibration tool. No need to rush to Tibet to find enlightenment. This book does it.
Mari Luangrath Ullrick
I was excited to read this book after seeing my college professor quote it in a Facebook post. But I just finished it and feel irritated. It was preachy and assumes that you have fewer life experiences than the author. And that going and volunteering at places where (gasp!) people are less fortunate than the suburban white male author will help your life take on meaning. I would recommend this book to someone who has never left their subdivision and is afraid of travel, urban areas, or believes ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The subtitle to Jeff Goins' book Wrecked sounds like the sort of thing you'd want to avoid: "When a broken world slams into your comfortable life."

And, I'll admit, this was not an easy book to read. Not because the writing is confusing or the structure unclear.

No, Wrecked is a book that lives up to its name. wrecked cover

If you aren't wrecked already when you read it, you will be. But don't let that scare you away.

Goins offers stories and practical life advice for how to embrace what makes us mo
Joshua Skogerboe
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"In a world that refuses to be healed, we must face the fact that we are not the heroes of our stories." -Jeff Goins

I have long said that in almost every area of life that really matters, the best path lives in tension between two other viable options. As a dad, I have to find the middle path that lives in tension between authoritarian control and anything-goes, laissez faire parenting. Both extremes will likely lead to angry, wounded, distant children. As a ministry leader with a family, I ha
Beth Delong
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick and interesting read. My mom found this book and thought it may help me decide a life path, for lack of a better word. I just recently got back from a volunteer vacation in Cambodia and, if nothing else, thought it would be nice to read about other volunteer work.

It was a good read and, though it didn't help point me towards a path (and Mr. Goins never claimed he would), I'm glad I read it. He had some entertaining stories and thought-provoking points, but I didn't agree with him on severa
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been wrecked?

No, not IN a wreck---wrecked.

What does it mean to be wrecked?

As I listened to this audiobook version of Wrecked, I had the privilege of hearing the author, Jeff Goins, himself tell me what it means to be wrecked.

I cannot relay to you with the accuracy and passion of Goins what it means to be wrecked, but what I can say is that I think I live in a state of near-wrecked-ness. (Yes, I made that term up.)

To be wrecked, per Goins, is to be so impacted by the need and helple
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Jeff Goins is the author of four books, including the national best seller, The Art of Work. He is also a full-time blogger, speaker, and entrepreneur.

Originally from Chicago, Goins graduated from Illinois College and spent the next year on the road with a band. After that, he moved to Nashville to chase a girl and spent the next seven years working at a nonprofit. He now writes and speaks for a l
“I have realized that whatever good comes to me, comes from God, whatever bad comes to me, God has allowed it, and I choose to be thankful for both.” 39 likes
“Struggle shapes our character. And character dictates what we will become.” 15 likes
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