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

Eugene Cho
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 m... Read More

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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's ideals? Cho does not doubt the sincerity of those who want to change the world. But he fears that today's wealth of resources and opportunities could be creating "the most overrated generation in history. We have access to so much but end up doing so little."
He came to see that he, too, was overrated. As Christians, Cho writes, "our calling is not simply to change the world but to be changed ourselves." In "Overrated," Cho shows that it is possible to move from talk to action.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2014
  • UPC: 9780781411127
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish Date: Sep 1, 2014
  • Language: English
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  • BISAC: "REL012000"
  • ISBN: 0781411122

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Are we the overrated generation? Here's your challenge not to be. by Courtney on 2/26/2015
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Do you donate to charities that you later find out didn't really use your money in the best way that they could have? My mom constantly complains that if you donate to the Salvation Army (or to the Veteran's Affairs or some other such organization that I honestly can't remember) then they'll just spend your donation on mailings asking for future donations. Were you one of the many that read Three Cups of Tea and then later found out most of it was a lie?

Do you own a pair of TOMS? You know TOMS, the shoe company with a One For One philosophy that gives a pair for every pair sold? You might think twice before putting them on your feet next time if you take some time to read Eugene Cho's book Overrated. It's not that owning TOMS are bad (I even have some) or that the author has an anti-TOMS agenda (he even has some), just that his book makes you question all of those "good things" that you do and wonder really how good they actually are.

The road is paved with good intentions; am I right?

But what should we do about the good intentions that we have? Pastor Cho analyzes the answer to this question in his book Overrated.

Cho describes us as the generation who is more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world. Because we count "likes" and tweet 140 characters and send our shoes to Africa so we can snap a picture of it and go on short-term mission trips to dig wells without really pausing to stop and give it thought... without praying, listening and discerning... His message is that we may be less effective, less powerful, less influential, less instrumental than we think.

So how can we be more effective? By the end of the book Cho tells us what he thinks the answer really is.

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I was completely challenged by this book.
I was completely inspired by this book.
I will change my thinking as a result of this book.
I want to actually do something, not just think that I'm doing something.
I want my walking to be my preaching.
I want to fascinate, not force people toward the gospel, especially my children.
I want to do a significant thing to change the world and I want that thing to be how I live my life.

"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching." St. Francis of Assisi

What does God require of us? Are really willing to listen and obey? by Jeanae on 12/8/2014
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There are far too many books, articles, and speakers that are quick to tickle our ears with the easy, sweet, and fun side of ministry. This was not an easy book to read. It challenged everything that has been made popular in the modern church from how we witness, to how we interact with each other. I kept hearing in my heart "what does God require of us? To do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly..." In order to truly do what is right, we have to be willing to accept what God says is right, and not what we feel is right. The same goes for mercy, humility, justice, evangelism, and the like. When Eugene Cho says that he was willing to give up everything to follow God’s command, he actually meant it… AND HE DID IT! I caught myself many times thinking, “Whoa, dude! Does it really take all of that?” The answer is clearly yes. If we are the ministers, leaders, and believers that we claim to be, then we have to be willing to step outside of the boundaries of culture, comfort, and even our cash. If you have never encountered radical faith in action, trust me: his story is the purest form of the definition. Cho doesn't just present a brilliant, Spirit-inspired message, but if you are willing to be honest about your relationship with the Lord, he gives you an opportunity to have a thorough transformation, and begin a life that is completely poured out for the Father’s call.

Great Call to Action! by Gwendolyn on 11/10/2014
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Pastor Eugene Cho poses a great questions when he asks if we are more in love with the idea of changing the world? In today's society it is so easy to say I support this and that. While pledging money from your computer and sharing on Social Media for everyone to see. Or as tax season approaches you see charities all over reminding you that you can donate for a tax deduction. People gladly donate huge amounts but are their hearts in the right place. Yes these funds and awareness are important but when the issue is examined deeper what are the motives behind it. Would those that donate be willing to forgo the tax deduction and keep their money in exchange to go work hand in hand with those they are sending money to.
Pastor Cho causes us to take a deeper look at the reason we do the thing we do. This also is passed down to our children so it is even more important for me as a mother to make sure that my heart is in the right spot and my motives are clear. I need to make sure that I am raising them up in the proper way and do not want them following in any footsteps that are not based on God.
If you are looking for a book to stir heart and wake up your mind to examine what lies beneath the service. Then this book is for you. If you do not want to be convicted or think about the way you are operating, then don't read it or read it with a mind willing to be open to change.

I received this book through Family Christian Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Kingdom Purposed by Elizabeth on 11/6/2014
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What is justice? What is ministry? What is kingdom purpose? Is it a passionate discourse? Or is it getting under the viaducts with the homeless, derelicts and drug addicts and helping them in their place of need? Is it not furnishing your home with 5 flat screens and using that money to fund a mission in which you also work? Eugene Cho will cause you to consider these questions and then actively pursue the personification of the answer. This is what it means to allow the gospel to manifest through you.

Reading Overrated came at a time in my life when walking out my souls salvation consists of moving in accordance with the gospel is tantamount to doing my kingdom purpose. Though I have little it is much in the Masters hands - when I allow him to use it. I do want to be a world changer, and every single time I humble myself, get into the trenches and put my hand to the plow, He is glorified.

Cho is talking about doing the work of kingdom building, lifting up the gospel which is Jesus Christ, and not just smelling like the great essence. This is a necessary tome in this time.

Overrated as a generation?? by Jennifer on 10/11/2014
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One of the best books I’ve read lately. In his book, Overrated, Eugene Cho asks the tough question “Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?”. In a generation moved by social media and social injustice are we simply moved by the idea of being world changers rather than actually doing something about it? Recently there was a movement on Facebook to raise money and awareness for ALS by challenging others to the ice-bucket challenge. Was this just a fad, feel-good movement or did it actually make a difference? We as society tend to jump into being solution providers to donating to charities locally and internationally but that may not be the right answer according to Cho. Throughout his book he offers strong criticism to our society, especially this generation about being too feel-good, let’s make a difference, solve the world’s problems but not actually making an impact.

Eugene Cho is a pastor in Seattle of Quest Church and founder of One Day’s Wages organization, a grassroots movement that is helping to fight extreme proverty around the world. He discusses the challenges and criticism he has faced in starting this organization and starting his church. This was no means an overnight success or just another charity. It was through his obedience to God, prayers, and trials that he was able to start both of them.

This book is a convincting book with humor and self-confession that we are not perfect and we cannot save the world. Attempting to be world changers for the sake of changing the world often leads to self-promotion and doing it for the wrong reasons. Sometimes we need to stop and look locally before we attempt global impact. This book is not light hearted; it will cause a stir in the soul.

I received this book through Family Christian Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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