When I was asked to review Eugene Cho's book Overrated, I was intrigued. Today's culture talks a lot about changing the world; in fact, President Obama campaigned on a platform of change. The question Cho poses - Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world? - is definitely worth investigating.
About the Book:
We all want to change the world, but as pastor Eugene Cho found out, it takes more than just desire. It takes action. In this personal confession he encourages readers to discover a practical discipleship that begins with the recognition that changing the world starts with changing ourselves.
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 shares his story, a messy, painful story of being more in love with the ideas behind the actions than counting the cost and being a world-changer in action. Because everyone loves justice and compassion, but few have taken it upon themselves to truly live it out in their own lives. Cho is still on that journey to discover what it means, and invites readers to join him.
About the Author:
Eugene is the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. He is the founder and senior pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington. Eugene and his wife, Minhee, have three children.
I predicted that this book would challenge me, make me feel uncomfortable, and even step on my toes. I was right! Most Christians today, myself included, talk often about wanting to make a difference in the world. We say we want to help people. Cho challenges our motives and our commitment to these desires. There are several parts of the book that made me sit up and take notice:
- In addressing how we have become an overrated generation - "I fear that we're asking God to move mountains, forgetting that God also wants to move us. And in fact, it may be possible that we are the mountains that need to be moved." (p.30)
- In discussing the importance of experiencing hard times to avoid having an attitude of entitlement - "If we go through this cycle of always quitting or moving on to the next shiny thing, and fail to endure, we will never experience the joy of hard times. We will never enjoy the fruit of learning, pushing, preserving, and being tenacious through the journey of our callings and convictions." (p. 117)
- In challenging us to go beyond the social-media generation - "If something matters to you, then go deep. Take the time, and make a commitment to be an expert in the areas of your passion." (p.156)
So many times, I have good intentions of wanting to do big things, but I claim that I'm too busy, that I have too much going on, to actually DO those things. Cho stepped all over my toes when I read, "Sometimes the words 'too busy' are substitutes for 'too lazy.'" OUCH!
These are just a few of the gems that can be found in Eugene Cho's Overrated. You can learn more about this book by checking out the book trailer or the official website.
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