Doing Good Is Simple by Chris Marlow
It’s quite a crazy world we live in.
It’s really been that way since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, the only place without death and sin in the world. It must have been difficult to have known what it was like and how it could have been and then to have lost it.
From this side, we can only imagine as a song says of what it will be like when we get back to that place where there is no death and sin and can once again walk side-by-side with God.
I am part of a book launch team of the book, Doing Good is Simple, Making a Difference Right Where You Are by Chris Marlow who is the founder of a nonprofit called Help One Now. The book has helped me a lot as I look around and see so much pain and suffering and feel quite hopeless to do much about any of it.
I want to share some quotes from the book that were helpful to me. I hope they are helpful to you as well.
“…God is leading, we are following, and we have to learn how to rely on him. If we fail to do this, good people who care about others deeply but try to serve out of their own strength will get frustrated and walk away when they realize that they do not possess the power to make the changes they want to see. Only God does!”
He goes on to say:
“This subtle but vital truth will empower us to know that we are good enough, we are gifted, we share the burden with Christ, and yet we don’t have to carry the impossible weight of fixing all the world’s problems. This means we are free to serve, love, fight for good, and yet we can rest our souls because God is in full control.”
The book tells the author’s journey to starting his nonprofit, the struggles he’s had with seeing such poverty and feeling so insignificant. And, yet, he also talks about we can make a difference for people in simple ways and that it really does make a difference.
One story he told was how he was visiting in a village where his organization had started to help. He was meeting with one of the leaders there. They were sitting around eating, and the guy told him, “There are children who don’t have to sleep on the dirt floor because of your gifts.” They got mattresses to sleep on. They can go to school. He talked about having to go to the bathroom to cry, because he thought of all the other children who would be sleeping on the floor in the dirt.
He warns people that when you get involved in doing good that you have to learn to be like a marathoner:
“Over the years I’ve learned a lesson: overwhelmed people quit!…Just like marathoners, you have to come to grips with the fact that you cannot fix the entire world by daybreak…Don’t be the person who loves hard and goes so fast that you run out of gas, give up, and ignore the calling to do good with your life. When we run out of gas, it‘s not because we don’t care; it is because we started to sprint instead of taking small, but important, mini-steps forward. These steps are significant, helping you pace yourself for the long haul ahead.”
He suggests that, “Less is more; narrow your focus, dig deeper, and feel the joy of clarity and keeping life simple.” He gives examples in the book of ways to use the talents you have to help people, how to partner with organizations that are already doing good. But he emphasizes to do something.
To finish my thoughts about this crazy world we live in, a song that really has helped me whenever things seem complicated, and I feel like I don’t know which way to go next is the song by Casting Crowns, Already There. The song talks about the fact that God is already at the end of time, and he’s waiting for us. He knows how our life is going to turn out, the things we’re worried about.
The book on Doing Good mentions this, too.
I received an advanced reading copy to read to review the book, but I also purchased the Doing Good is Simple book. I have one copy to give away.
One really neat thing about the book is that buying the book buys five meals for children as the author is giving the proceeds of the book away.
I heard the author speak during a break in a writing seminar that was put on to support his organization. I did not realize it at the time I went that the event’s proceeds were going for that as I went to hear the main speaker who is an author I follow. Chris Marlow is passionate about his work, and it comes out when you hear him speak in person, and now in his book.
I received a review copy of his book in order to promote the book, and I am on the book launch team.
My husband and I sponsor children through Christian Relief Fund, a different organization than his, that helps children around the word.
The quotes may be slightly different since the book I received is a review copy.
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I have one book to give away which I purchased and is the finished copy. There are also other books that I’ve reviewed on my blog which have not been given away yet. So, be sure to browse through book reviews if you didn’t get to get the copy of this book.
This book review first appeared in the GEMS Ministry Newsletter (with a few tweaks here).