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Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?

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Many people today talk about justice but are they living justly? They want to change the world but are they being changed themselves?

Eugene Cho has a confession: "I like to talk about changing the world but I don't really like to do what it takes." If this is true of the man who founded the One Day's Wages global antipoverty movement, then what must it take to act on one'
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by David C Cook
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Todd Hurley
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eugene Cho should never write another book. Doing so would jeopardize his ministry and most likely his family. If Eugene were to write another book, he would have to expose more of his inner struggles which would leave him vulnerable to personal attacks. Sharing anymore of his family’s difficulties would air too much of their fragileness possibly to the point of breaking. After reading Overratted by Eugene Cho, it is no doubt that another book will be written because that is exactly what Satan ...more
Lori Fast
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It seems like the “hip” thing to do these days is to talk about, post about, tweet about, Instagram about “justice” issues. Anything from feeding the poor to drilling water wells to taking the ALS “ice bucket challenge” and posting it on social media. It appears that we are a generation of people who love the idea of changing the world. However, as the book “Overrated” points out, research indicates that people who demonstrate support for causes and organizations on social media, such as Faceboo ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justice, discipleship
What if we are more committed to the idea of justice than we are to actually living justly? Are we overrated? Do we talk a good game but fail to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Pastor and activist Eugene Cho has written a book–a confession of sorts–which chronicles his struggle to live a life of world changing. In Overrated he challenges us to not just change the world, but allow ourselves to be changed in the process. This is a book written to encourage us in our pursuit of jus ...more
Maggie Boyd
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title of this book absolutely intrigued me. The thought that we are more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing it is, in my opinion, a true one. Many of the people I hear talking about the evils of poverty do literally nothing besides give the occasional homeless person they encounter some change. Meanwhile they also talk about their wonderful home on the golf course and how they aren't pretentious like their neighbors, they just wanted a nice house. They then pr ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians
Several months ago I heard Eugene Cho speak at Engedi Church, in Holland, MI. Eugene is a pastor in Seattle, WA and the founder of One Day's Wages, a movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. Since hearing Eugene speak, I've been following him because he is a man of wisdom, wit and humility.

I recently finished reading his first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?, a book that every Christ f
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A good book overall, but to be honest, it felt a little like a rough draft. Cho has an engaging, if inelegant, writing style, and I appreciated his honesty and authenticity as he called out a very real problem in the Christian community - we are in love with the idea of changing the world, but are unwilling to be changed or sacrifice our own comfort. Unfortunately, Cho has a tendency to sacrifice argumentation for style, allowing his points to get lost along the way from time to time. If I could ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eugene Cho has written probably one of the most important books for passionate, Jesus-loving, justice-desiring millennials to read today. If anyone has a desire or a dream to change the world, this is a must-read. It forces us to honestly examine our motivations before we engage in the work of seeking justice, and challenges us to think deeply about whether we have a greater desire to help the poor or to exalt ourselves. I think if we're honest, many (if not most) of us like the idea of changing ...more
Michelle Bolanger
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want a better understanding of what Justice looks like from a purely Christian world view - this is the book. It doesn't cover specific topics, but gives a firm framework to begin building from.

From the beginning, this book is more the confession and personal experiences one Christian's (Eugene Cho, founder of One Day's Wages) journey in his pursuit of social justice. If you are looking for a book to point you toward a charity or a cause to support, it won't. That's not the purpose behind
Kaytee Cobb
I felt like this had/made some really great points, but it dragged quite a bit for me. And I think that's because it felt rather unfocused? I'd like it more if it were a bit more distilled into action points and what really matters instead of a lot of "Look what I did" and lists of "how you are hurting by helping", which are GOOD, definitely, but don't help me to really assess the ways I/we are giving/hurting/helping/empowering/disempowering cultures around the world with our methods and madness ...more
Joanna Alonzo
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Challenge Your Dreams

In the same way Peter admonished the early church to be of a sober mind, Cho encourages this generation to step back and ask the hard questions to put their dreams to the test. In a time of instant everything, Cho's message is relevant and necessary to challenge a generation toward meaningful pursuits, toward doing the hard things, toward tenacity and purposefulness. There's often a price to pay for our dreams to come true. Are we willing to count the cost and pour ourselves
Zeca Buarque
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A real and personal take on social justice. It’s encouraging and vulnerable.

I encourage anyone who wants to understand the why behind the why of social justice to read it.
Emily Brown
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For the sake of transparency, I would like to note that I was part of a group of people who received a free, advanced copy of Overrated and was asked to give honest feedback about the book. However, I do not receive any compensation from the reading of this review, preorders, book sales, etc. I am a college student who is studying International Development and Spanish and passionate about missions and culture, so I am always looking for new books relating to these topics.

Our generation loves th
Mitchell Roush
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?
I think we are.
In one way or another, we’re all guilty of this.

We’re guilty of buying a pair of TOMS and feeling good about difference we’ve made.
We’re guilty of posting an Ice Bucket Challenge Video and donating a few bucks to ALS and leaving it at that.
We’re guilty of saying, “This needs to change.”, but not engaging in resolution.
We’re guilty of desiring something better without sacrificing to build it.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just based on the title, I didn't have to even read one page to know that this book is not to be taken lightly. (Disclaimer: I received an advance e-copy of the book in exchange for my review.)

Cho does not mince words. He does not coddle. He does not accept excuses.

He asks the question that needs to be asked: Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?

And as much as I hate to admit it, he's right. I'm guilty of wanting to change the world, of wanting
Donna Parker
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Cancer sucks. Just thought I’d get that out of the way.
I’ve lost people to cancer. I’m sure most people have.

I love that celebrities use their celebrity for a good cause, like the Stand Up To Cancer concert event (NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox), tonight Friday September 5, 2014. #SU2C @SU2C and here in Canada @su2c_ca

I know I’ll enjoy the show tonight, it’ll be wonderful, full of inspirational, sharable, moving moments. There will be tweets, retweets, updates, posts, memes, but when the excitement fades, w
Hallie Szott
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Overrated by Eugene Cho is a book with an important message – one, I know, I really needed to read. In this day and age, I can quickly see both the appeal of the idea of changing the world and the lack of few results beyond a quick post on Facebook or Twitter. As he writes, Cho wrestles with this society-wide obsession and admits many things that need admitting. He covers many aspects of the pursuit of justice, and as I read, I appreciated how openly he
Bam! This book was convicting. Are we more in love with the idea changing the world more than the reality?
Eugene Cho is very open and vulnerable about his struggles in this area. He calls out his own motivation first and foremost. Yet in doing so, he calls out me. He calls out Millennials. He calls out all of us who genuinely want to make a difference...but often by being the spotlight of that difference.
What I particularly appreciated about this book is how firm Eugene Cho is. He doesn't minc
Rebecca Ray
Mar 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Many of us say we want to change the world. We find ourselves tugged and tugged by each opportunity. We complete ALS Bucket challenges. We like quotes and statuses on Facebook. We put bumper stickers on our car. We might even buy a pair of Toms shoes or give a dollar or two to the March of Dimes when the cashier at the grocery store asks us too.

However, as far as Eugene Cho is concerned, that is not enough awareness from Christians. We are called to live like Christ and to do justice and to righ
Kyle Kachelmeier
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For what it is, "Overrated" is a great read. It is a transparent, accessible, and honest reflection of Eugene's own personal journey of finding God's heart in living out a lifestyle of justice.
From the beginning, Eugene describes the book as his own confession. As such, the book recognizes his own pitfalls and failings as he comes to grips with what it means to pursue God's heart for justice.
It is not enough to be "pro-justice", but to do justice. And it is not enough to do justice, but to be ju
Tamara Blatny
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eugene Cho writes in a way that is easy to relate to, even if we don't want to hear the truth.
"Before we’re so quick to act and move and Instagram our food, may we ...
Pray, discern, listen.
Pray, discern, listen.
Pray, discern, listen.
I would love for us to take more time to listen, pray, and allow
God to speak, mold, and even break us."

Eugene nailed this 'can't wait' chapter & it is so true of our western culture....we don't like to wait, even when we are fasting (for God) to speak to us....we thi
Ellen Christian
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Overrated by Eugene Cho has truly made me think. Am I living what I’m preaching or, am I living what Jesus is preaching? While this book does have religious undertones, it’s applicable to everyone in a variety of different ways. Do you have a health goal (maybe weight loss) that you talk about a lot but find yourself grabbing foods you should not eat anyway? Are you an environmentalist who is passionate about eco-friendly living but are still supporting those brands that destroy our environment? ...more
Dwayne Shugert
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are we more in love with the idea if changing the world than actual changing the world? This is the question Pastor Eugene Cho asks in this book. He challenges all of us who want to help make the world better in concrete and specific ways. I found the book to be full of a better story to live, and a better story to invite others into. Pastor Cho encourages us to shut up, listen and pray, to go deep and learn and grow so we can help in the best ways possible. If you really want to help change the ...more
Kimber Burgess
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-book-list
Good ideas and concepts; the overall writing was not direct and could have been condensed; enjoyed examples of stories in the last few chapter as well as the authors humility
Allen Madding
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"We do what we do because we love God and we love the people whom God loves. We love the things that God loves and what reflects the character of God. We do justice not because it is sexy, glamorous, or trendy, but because God loves justice. Justice isn’t a clothing accessory we wear when it becomes fashionable, but rather it is something we live into because it reflects the character of God."
- Eugene Cho

Eugene Cho challenges us to truly pursue justice, and to be willing to make the personal sa
Rachel Marie
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a powerful book. It was so well-spoken for this day and age, with a convicting message. Cho speaks with a truth and honesty, that while it may be hard to hear, needs to be heard.

Shut up, pray, listen

That's the recurring motto throughout the book. Cho starts off by making some pretty bold statements, about how we as Christians like to say we want to change the world, but don't actually do it. He reiterates that he isn't judging anyone, but that he preaches to himself as well. Cho is
Jessica Thornton
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book wrecked me, but in a positive, life changing way. What is our true motivation when it comes to serving others? Is it for our own glory and to make ourselves look good to others? Or is it to genuinely make a difference?

I admire the amount of research Cho put into for this book. The water crisis, for example. So many churches and organizations are quick to want to dig another well, but in some areas, that's not the best option and could cause more issues than help.

His passion for people
Charlie Gorichanaz
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honest, funny and subversive in the sense Cho argues for people to take seriously the 2000 year old message of Jesus. I am not at all religious (and to be honest, may not have read this had I paid more attention before grabbing it), and the religiosity was a bit much for my taste at times. I still enjoyed and appreciated this book. It comes from the heart of a man struggling with the disillusionment of realizing so much of what we do, from our charity to our careers, accomplishes little more tha ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Millenials are the generation associated with wanting to change the world and really and truly thinking that we can. However, when it comes down to it, if we are truly honest with ourselves: do we actually want to solve world hunger and human trafficking, or are we simply more in love with the concept of being activists and posting things on Facebook to make other people think that we are what we really aren't. This book hits you in the gut by reminding you that changing the world is actually re ...more
Liz Voce
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've seen Eugene speak at a youth conference twice before, and I've always enjoyed his teaching. His is an incredibly genuine person. This book really spoke to a lot of the issues that are prevalent with people who want to help, but either don't know where to start, or can hurt instead of helping, despite the best intentions. This is a great read for those who want to make a difference, and a positive one, in our world today. I felt that some of the scripture was taken out of context. Although J ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Christian pastor who is examining Jesus's warnings about money. It's much more optimistic and forward thinking then most Christian writing I've seen. I'm so annoyed my leftist and Christian friends who speak about the evils of capitalism but are all but complicit in it.

This book is a pastor who talks about the very real traps that exist within our system. He's coming from a Christian perspective and not one of deep analysis or politics, but I like a lot of what he has to say. It's not just co
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