Monday, August 24, 2015

One Thousand Wells- Book Review

About the Book:

Jena Nardella, cofounder of Blood:Water and one of Christianity Today's 33 Under 33, shares how her passion for saving the world grew into a humbler long-term calling of loving the world in all its brokenness in this beautifully written memoir.

Ten years ago, Jena Lee Nardella was a fresh-out-of-college, twenty-something with the lofty goal of truly changing the world. Armed with a diploma, a thousand dollars, and a dream to build one thousand wells in Africa, she joined forces with Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay to found Blood:Water and begin her mission.

Jena's dream for her nonprofit turned that initial $1 into $20, and then $100, and today into more than $25 million. Working throughout eleven countries in Africa, Blood:Water has provided healthcare for over 62,000 people in HIV-affected areas and has partnered with communities to provide clean water for more than one million people in Africa. But along the way she faced many harsh realities that have tested her faith, encountered corruption and brokenness that nearly destroyed everything she'd fought for, and taught her that wishful thinking will not get you very far. Jena discovered that true change comes only when you stop trying to save the world and allow yourself to love it, even when it breaks your heart.

With a fresh, intelligent, and winsome voice, Jena Lee Nardella weaves an evocative personal narrative filled with honest and hard-won lessons that demonstrate the amazing things that can happen when you fight for your dreams.

My Review: 
What started off as a small dream, turned in to be something extraordinary. What was a dream, now is a project reaching twenty thousand people. This book is the triumphs and failures of Jen who was willing to step outside of her box to do anything. Although she faced extreme challenges, corruption and even wanted to give up, she prevailed. I believe this book is for anyone who has a dream and doesn't believe it can come true. This book proves that anything is possible, even when all odds are stacked against you. You'll instantly find yourself hooked as you read Jens stories and you won't let go until you're finished with a Thousand Wells. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you will leave without a greater appreciation for the simple things in life and the amazing work people are doing in other countries.

Thank You to Howard Publishing group for allowing me to review this book. I was not compensated to give it a five star review, but was only given a complimentary copy for review purposes.

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