Book Review: Be You. Do Good.

9780801018770Be You. Do Good. by Jonathan David Golden

★★★☆☆ – 3.5 out of 5 stars

The founder of A Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company and pastor Jonathan Golden shares his own story and the stories of others pursuing their passions and what makes them come alive in hopes of encouraging you to listen to your own calling. Sometimes taking that step is a giant leap but Golden explains how to find the guts to take it.

“Are you looking for purpose in your life? Trying to find a career that is a calling? Each day you can make a difference by being yourself and doing good. The greatest impact you can have is probably just around the corner, within your grasp, and embedded in your heart. It may not be easy, but it is accessible” –

Each chapter starts with and is followed by a number of stories illustrating both how the author found his life’s work and the life work of others. The stories were enjoyable to read and were full of inspiration and passion. Additionally, each chapter ends with 3 key questions that provide guidance in how to put what you’ve read into action. I really liked the questions and they always left me with a lot to think about.

To be entirely honest, I struggled to finish this book. It’s well written and enjoyable but for the subject, I was needing a more direct response. A lot of the book is taken up by stories that are fine by themselves but with it being a book to help you “pursue what makes you come alive” it often felt like it took forever to get to the point of the story. It is for this reason that I rated it down to a 3.5 star and not more.

I would recommend this book to anyone who may be looking for some direction in their search for where their life is going and want less of a direction and more examples and stories. Like I said, it was an enjoyable read but not quite my cup of tea.

**I shared this book with my father who I thought would enjoy it. I will update this review once he finishes reading it.**

Please note: I received this book for free from Baker Publishing Group in return for my honest opinion. All words and opinions expressed here are my own.


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