Book Review: Wrecked
Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life
By Jeff Goins (reviewed by Peter DeHaan)
Wrecked is what happened to Jeff Goins when God figuratively tapped him on his shoulder, causing him to turn around and actually see what he had been conveniently overlooking. As a result, his self-centered, non-committed demeanor was pierced. Other people were hurting and Jeff had to help. His once contented life was wrecked by God—and that was a good thing.
As the subtitle of Jeff’s powerful first-person story proclaims, being wrecked is what happens “when a broken world slams into your comfortable life.” Even so, his transformation did not happen abruptly, but gradually as he became open and willing to engage it.
In an accessible style, Jeff relates his story and those he meets on his journey in an inviting manner, tangibly showing what a wrecked life is like. It may not be an easy one, but it is a good one. Being wrecked is living to truly love, to give and not take, to show mercy and grace, and to promote justice.
Maybe you’ve already been wrecked and could benefit from vicariously walking with Jeff on the same path. Perhaps you were wrecked once, but that was long ago and you’ve shoved it aside to do what was expected by others or considered normal by society. Or possibly, you’ve shut your eyes and covered your ears so God could not wreck your life. We each fit in one of these three categories and regardless of which one, Wrecked was written for us.
[Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, by Jeff Goins. Published by Moody Publishers, Chicago, 2012, ISDN: 978-0-8024-0492-3, 169 pages, $13.99]
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