Been Wrecked? A Book Review by Michelle Calloway

I am thrilled to be doing a book review blog swap with Michelle Calloway, aka, “A Swirl Girl.”  Michelle is here today sharing her thoughts about the new book being released next week by Jeff Goins.  I hope you will take a few minutes to read her great review, say hello in the comments section, and then head over to visit her online home here.

I’m excited about this opportunity to swap reviews and blog posts with Eileen Knowles. We were both privileged to be assigned to the launch team for Wrecked, a new book by Jeff Goins. I’m humbled to be invited to Eileen’s online home, and I welcome her into mine!

To be wrecked begins with an experience that pulls you out of your comfort zone and self-centeredness, whether you want it to or not.” Thus is the compelling definition of what it means to be wrecked, and the premise of Goins’ book.

Wrecked is a book I took in ever so slowly, savoring each word – much like I do when I’m sipping on the best-made white chocolate mocha that my neighborhood Starbucks has to offer. I had to take my time to read this book because so much of it provoked and challenged me.

Wrecked explores our innate need to find worth and significance, to matter and make a difference in a world inhabited by over seven billion people. Thus, Jeff’s statement, “I want to be the kind of person who doesn’t stall, who faces a decision and boldly steps into it, aware of all the other opportunities I’m missing. I don’t want to be afraid of what I’m missing; instead, I want to embrace what I get to experience” spoke expressly to my heart and mind because it echoes the thoughts and sentiment of my heart. For me, being Wrecked is not an experience I want to run away from, it’s something I want to run to.

If you’re looking for the inspiration and motivation to change your paradigm, come out of your comfort zone, and receive affirmation for your desires to impact and influence your world, then Wrecked is the book for you. Read it, and watch your life change. Read it – and be wrecked.

The release date of WRECKED is August 1. Waiting to purchase the book after the release date affords you the opportunity to receive more than $150 in free gifts. Details and the sign up form are available here.

Michelle Matthews Calloway, aka, “ASwirlGirl,” is a writer and blogger currently working on a PhD in higher education administration. She specializes in topics and issues relating to diversity, culture, and women’s empowerment. She covers the interesting world of interracial dating on her popular blog, A Swirl Girl.

Follow Michelle on Twitter at @ASwirlGirl and check out her Facebook page, The Swirl World.

10 thoughts on “Been Wrecked? A Book Review by Michelle Calloway

    1. Michelle

      David, I promise you that you’re going to love the book! I highlighted the book as I read, and even kept a sheet to document the “best” nuggets. (I won’t tell you how many pages I wound up with – let’s just say that I have a TON of nuggets!) LOL

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  1. Michelle

    Larry, thanks for your honesty. That is all the more reason the read the book. Jeff discusses how we’re programmed to believe that our lives should consist of pursuing our own interests so that we can achieve what amounts to the world’s view of success. That’s all well and good, but it so often leaves us empty. Jeff states, “We are searching for meaning in all the wrong places—the places we’ve all been told to look.” The reality is, “we find our vocations not by focusing on ourselves, but by focusing on others.” And, “when we get over our pursuit of self, everything changes.” The good news is, “we are all searching, waiting for a Moment to come along and wreck us.” Larry, you are in the perfect state of mind to read the book – and get Wrecked! Please be sure to come back and post your thoughts after you read the book. Thanks for posting!

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  2. Mark Vowell

    Michelle, after reading your review I believe am ready to be Wrecked! Although I have been in the occupational fields of “service”; service to my country (22 year Navy Veteran) and as a Middle and Junior High Mathematics teacher for 7 years, I have often asked myself “Is this all there is to my life?” I have always felt that I could be doing more to help my country and community. I am eager to explore new avenues in order to expand my paradigm and from your excellent review, it sounds as if Jeff Goins’ Wrecked just might be the ticket. I am ready for the ride and look forward to being Wrecked. Thank-you for your insight and review.

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    1. Michelle

      Mark, thanks so much for your service to our country, and your service to children. Jeff says, “If we are going to find our callings, we must live intentionally and audaciously.” Seems to me that just your desire to do more will enable you to live with intention and purpose. Remember, “The whole point of the search is to actually find something.” You’re actively looking, and I have no doubt that you will run smack-dab into something that will Wreck you. Please let us – and Jeff – know how that turns out!

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  3. Steven

    In my humble opinion, Jeff is a shade off when, as you state he states that only focusing on others do we find vocations. I have been in the process the last several months in a re-creation, or a new creation of who and what this swirling mass of molecules and spirit actually is so for me the better word choice of this process is not wrecked but annihilated. Jeff is so right about the need to focus on others, but first there is a need to focus on personal relationship building with God. This is the number one relationship for us, even when we do not want to admit it, or refuse to see it as a given. I am surprised at how many people I see whose lives are changed by God, and who God uses to change other people’s lives, and yet these same people tell me they do not believe in God. My response is always, that’s ok I don’t believe in gravity. Once we are on the path to grow closer to God, to accept more responsibility for who we are, and allow God to lead us on the mysterious path he has for all of us, then something really special happens. We see God helping us to better understand and be of service to our neighbors, and we see that our neighbors are helping us to better understand and be of service to God. I say neighbors because we will all be neighbors in heaven just as, when our eyes are able to see with clear hearts, that we are all neighbors on earth. I hope to have made some sense in this long digression. May God bless you all and may the grace and love that is ever present become ever more powerful and fruitful in your lives.

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    1. Michelle

      Hi Steven,

      Thanks for your comments (and no, you weren’t rambling! LOL). I believe I understand what you’re saying, and I agree that we have to be the first partakers. One question, though – or perhaps another way to look at what you’re saying about developing our relationships with God: Do you think that the Lord can use the process of our being wrecked as a means of developing our relationship with Him?

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    1. Michelle

      Najee, you only have one more day! August 1! Be sure to call your local Barnes and Noble to make sure they’re going to carry it, and if they don’t have it, be sure to request it!

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