On Getting ‘Wrecked’

by Lee Buford on August 1, 2012

Jeff Goins’ new book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, was released today, and I’m pretty excited to read it. (In fact, I’ve already begun doing so on my Kindle for iPhone.) Jeff’s got a really neat offer with lots of freebies for those who purchase the book this week, so I wanted to let you know about it as you may want to take advantage of the deal.

No, I’m not on the PR team for Jeff or the book, nor did I receive a free copy for review (bummer!). So, for disclosure purposes, I am in no position to prosper from the sale of the book or encouraging you to buy it. But, having read some of Jeff’s previous work, I am certain that this will be a good and profitable read, and I wanted to share this preview with you.

Most of us have heard, or even used, the term ‘wrecked’ to describe the feeling most commonly associated with the aftermath of having been exposed to a tremendously gut-wrenching, convicting, experience or situation in life. Jeff so aptly conveys this idea in the following excerpt from of the book:

“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. Your old narcissistic dreams begin to fade in light of something bigger, something better. The process leaves you battered and broken after the “real world” has slammed up against your ideals a couple dozen times. What’s left standing is a new paradigm. It’s hard, but it’s good. It’s incredible and indelible. It’s tough, but only in the way that all things worth fighting for are tough. Being wrecked means everything you believe—everything you know about yourself, your world, and your destiny—is now in question. Because you’ve seen something bigger. And you can’t go back. At first the process is disorienting. It calls out the greatest parts of you, the parts you might be afraid of. It tests your courage, the very fibers of your being. This may very well be why we avoid conflict. It calls into question that which we are most afraid of—ourselves. And in the end, you’re not who you were before. You’re different. You’re changed. Your old life begins to make less and less sense in light of your new priorities. Everything that used to matter now feels arbitrary. And it seems futile to try rebuilding the old way of doing life. As confusing or as difficult as that may be, it’s good.”

Indeed, getting ‘wrecked’ is good. It produces much-needed change…not only in us as individuals, but in the world around us.

I will do a more in-depth review of the book after completing it but, as I stated earlier, I wanted to give you a quick ‘peak under the tent’ at Jeff, the book, and what I believe will be a worthy read.

I’d love your thoughts as well if you read the book. Thanks!


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