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An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models--repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he as An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models--repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, "What would the exact opposite of my life look like?" Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe. In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100% donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime. In the tradition of such bestselling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Thirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life--and a gritty tale that proves it's never too late to make a change. 100% of the author's net proceeds from Thirst will go to fund charity: water projects around the world.


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An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models--repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he as An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models--repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, "What would the exact opposite of my life look like?" Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe. In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100% donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime. In the tradition of such bestselling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Thirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life--and a gritty tale that proves it's never too late to make a change. 100% of the author's net proceeds from Thirst will go to fund charity: water projects around the world.

30 review for Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I have really wrestled with my feelings about this book and how to deal with my issues. I considered just leaving some stars and be done with it. I don't think that is fair to any of the parties involved, not to the writer, the publisher or those who will consider purchasing the book. Thus, I will break it down to good and bad. I have returned 15 hours later to remove stars from this conversation so we can focus on essential matters. We are not children waiting to see if the teacher put a star o I have really wrestled with my feelings about this book and how to deal with my issues. I considered just leaving some stars and be done with it. I don't think that is fair to any of the parties involved, not to the writer, the publisher or those who will consider purchasing the book. Thus, I will break it down to good and bad. I have returned 15 hours later to remove stars from this conversation so we can focus on essential matters. We are not children waiting to see if the teacher put a star on our coloring. First let me establish my own credentials. I graduated from Florida State University with a Business Degree in Non-Profit Management, it was the first class in the Business School for Undergraduate work in the country at that time in 1986. Due to the low salaries, interest was insufficient for the college to continue offering this program (so I was 1 in 3). I have work experience with 3 different non-profits and volunteered my time with several more. I earned a full ride to all four years of college based on my academic achievements. Likewise, I was in the top 2% of my High School class. Few people know this about me, I am not one to brag, I am explaining my background as being no stranger to the business world. My career has always involved managing people, programs, marketing, communications and finances. Thus I had certain expectations when reading this book. First the good, Scott Harrison is the ultimate pitch man. He believes he can change the world and is convinced no matter what your background, age or income, you can help. He states that all funds collected for charity:water (is how it was displayed in the Advanced Reading Copy); is supported 100% by donation only, to dig wells and they have dug many across the African Continent and changed many lives for the better. He does mention that there is a separate fund for contributions to offset rent, office supplies, salaries, mailing invitations, processing credit cards, and other necessities (high end parties targeting the wealthy for donations), - not that other charities don't do the same thing). He went from being a marketing/promoter for Night Clubs and rubbing elbows from movie stars, and dating top models to the bringing in the big boys to spend their cash on high prized booze while they gazed on the celebrities. He was using various drugs daily seemed to have everything. Then he hit his bottom and left that world to join Mercy Ships, which old ships converted into traveling hospitals that do surgery all over the African continent. After being there for nearly two years, handling their promotions and marketing, he realized that he wanted to go to the source of the many health problems he saw. Scott believed by providing wells for better health among the various African nations where war and other issues resulted in little governmental infrastructure to provide their peoples with healthy water. Many times, he witnessed adults and children drink water that was dark brown or green because the river or pond they had access to was not safe. It is an amazing story. I commend Scott for his dedication, his inspiration and his creativity. Now the less appealing appraisal, it is hard to give a rating/review/appraisal on someone's life, since the format is autobiographical. Reading this book for me was like watching hours of late night local infomercials. I felt like I was reading 336 pages of a pep rally. The minutia that is explored made my brain numb. This book could be more influential if it was cut by at least 100 pages. Additionally, I read some names of people and know their affiliations and I was deeply disturbed that this Christian man was working with this caliber of person and in one instance, he played it off as if it was no big deal. As a Christian (which is what Scott claims to be, the scripture is clear that we don't affiliate with people, who are not in agreement with the scriptures). I am not saying don't go to lunch with someone because they have different beliefs, I am talking about being in a working relationship. This may not concern most readers but I deeply disturbs me. The fact he played it off, demonstrates that he knows better as well. Since this is not the final copy, I am not permitted to quote anything. I suspect if the book isn't finalized, my mention of this may prompt the removal of that story. **I went to the website and I wasn't impressed, now, I didn't get far because I didn't want to provide my full name and email and permit cookies to be used! I am not looking at porn or some get rich quick scheme, I want to see what you do in the field. THIS IS A BIG RED FLAG FOR ME! As far as I am concerned, I don't want to be stalked by you just because I went to your website to see if it is as fantastic as you claim, thanks but how do I know you won't sell my information then I spend 15 minutes a day for months sending all your other charity buddies my data so they can ask for money as well.** Furthermore, I read Mountains Beyond Mountains and I don't think it is a fair comparison. Yes, both are selfless and yes, their work is discussed but in Mountains Beyond Mountains, there wasn't a plea for money at least not in every paragraph! I think it might have come at the end but if there was it was subtle such as if you want to help, here is the address type solicitation. I wouldn't be surprised to see this "story" made into a documentary and being shown at movie theaters in large communities with high, middle class income brackets (and many opportunities for donations). It is probably in the works at this moment. I would consider going but only after others commented on it's content because frankly, I wouldn't buy a theater ticket to watch 90 minutes of what I just read. Most of the reader's didn't write a review currently (19 wrote nothing and 2 people left very brief and fluffy comments). Those 19 people didn't want to say what I will. The synopsis of this book is all you really need to know. If you buy the book so that you make a donation, more power to you at least they won't stick browser cookies into your book! Thank you to Goodreads, Currency publishers and author Scott Harrison an opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion. Edited September 2, 2018 for clarity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cat W.

    So I didn't get this book for free, and I didn't pay for it. Got it at the public library, so here is an unbiased review. I love a good memoir, and this reads like one, albeit quite long. However, it's almost more of a memoir of charity: water than it is of its founder. I LOVE the podcast "How I Built This" with Guy Roz, in which he interviews founders of very successful companies and talks to them about how they built their brand. This was like reading a very extensive How I Built This intervie So I didn't get this book for free, and I didn't pay for it. Got it at the public library, so here is an unbiased review. I love a good memoir, and this reads like one, albeit quite long. However, it's almost more of a memoir of charity: water than it is of its founder. I LOVE the podcast "How I Built This" with Guy Roz, in which he interviews founders of very successful companies and talks to them about how they built their brand. This was like reading a very extensive How I Built This interview, with the ups and downs of starting something new and keeping it going. I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed getting to know the founder more. He gave just the right amount of detail to his early life and the lead-up to founding the charity. I think he explained the challenges in bringing clean water to places very well, and I found myself rejoicing in their successes. The whole book could be considered a 'pitch' to donate to the charity, but I never felt pushed by the author. I enjoyed the pictures of the people he was talking about, and I even went online to the special link/passcode to see more at the end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is an autobiography of Scott Harrison. I didn't know who he was before reading this. And to be honest I didn't like him at all in the beginning. Maybe he played up that part of his life to make the latter part of his life more appealing. I don't know and it doesn't really matter....but it worked. He has done much good in life and he has raised millions upon millions of dollars for his charity, that digs wells in Africa bringing clean water to those who need it. So 4 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Fairly well written for someone who's not really a writer, and just an amazing and inspiring story. I own a hardcover if anyone wants to borrow it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Wood

    I received an early copy from Crown via my graduate program. Scott's story is tremendous and amazing. While reading it, there were times where I felt a presence come over me, as if something unseen resonated with what I was reading. Please buy this book when it's released in October.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Henderson

    This is my #1 for the year.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Huang

    Harrison started playing keyboard in nightclubs after high school and became a promoter. A chance event made him join the effort of hospital ships. He discovered that there is a desperate need for clean water in Africa and started to pursue well drilling there. The book is his personal account of this growth story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ed Chang

    Amazing, touching story of a man on a path to reinvent himself and make a difference in the world

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie Harding

    Between 3.5 and 4 stars. I may come back and up this to 4 stars. Parts of this were tremendously moving and inspirational, while others were a bit boring. Scott Harrison's Thirst: A Story of Redemption is a worthy and inspirational tale, if a little long-winded. The incredible parts included his mother's illness, his crazy partying, his journey towards founding a leading charity with zero experience, and the unbelievable stories of individual donors AND recipients of his charity's grace. The bor Between 3.5 and 4 stars. I may come back and up this to 4 stars. Parts of this were tremendously moving and inspirational, while others were a bit boring. Scott Harrison's Thirst: A Story of Redemption is a worthy and inspirational tale, if a little long-winded. The incredible parts included his mother's illness, his crazy partying, his journey towards founding a leading charity with zero experience, and the unbelievable stories of individual donors AND recipients of his charity's grace. The boring parts include his internal conflict over whether to lead his charity, and the ins-and-outs of start-up charity life (maybe necessary, but a bit boring). Nonetheless, Thirst changed my understanding of several things: the importance of - and reasons for - charitable giving; the beauty of clean drinking water; and the power of an individual's faith - in himself, in religion/god, and in others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Luis

    This is a very personal story by Scott Harrison of his journey from a confused, rebellious young boy whose mother had a strange illness and whose parents became zealous in their faith to a selfish, partying young man to the founder of a wonderful charity hoping to make a real difference in this world! The book is easy to read and will touch your heart and soul. Scott doesn't hide the truth of his life as a drinking, drug-using night club promoter. Instead he tells us how he used the skills and c This is a very personal story by Scott Harrison of his journey from a confused, rebellious young boy whose mother had a strange illness and whose parents became zealous in their faith to a selfish, partying young man to the founder of a wonderful charity hoping to make a real difference in this world! The book is easy to read and will touch your heart and soul. Scott doesn't hide the truth of his life as a drinking, drug-using night club promoter. Instead he tells us how he used the skills and connections made during that time of his life to launch charity: water and to use new and different approaches to attract loyal, long-time donors. I personally love this charity and I enjoyed this book. I first donated because of a campaign discussed in the book. It was an inspiring but bittersweet campaign launched by a sweet little girl who shared the same birthday as me. Scott handles the chapter about this campaign perfectly. It is open, honest and touching and definitely brought a tear to my eye. There are a few other moments like this in the book where the reader is exposed to the tragedy and the plight of those who do not have clean water and the beauty of being able to provide people with such a basic human need, WATER. Scott doesn't shy away from the truth or any of the problems and issues encountered along the way. This story is an open, honest account of all that it has taken to establish this charity, make the 100% model for donations work and to grow this non-profity with hard work, dedication and love. I whole-heartedly recommend reading Thirst whether you are a donor, want to be a donor or just love a good story about making a real difference in this world. And, of course, 100% of the profits from sale of Thirst go to fund water projects! Go ahead, read this book. Buy a few copies for family and friends. Donate or join those of us who are part of The Spring and donate regulary. Be a part of the "mission to bring clean water to the world."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Turansky

    Outstanding book! You'll be inspired when you read or listen to this memoir about the founder of Charity Water. I listened to the audio, and it was great to hear the author read his story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    everyone should read this book. i seriously want to go out and change the world after reading this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie Hamilton

    This book solidifies Harrison's seat at the table alongside Nicholas Kristof and Dr. Paul Farmer. His journey around the world and back again is rivaled only by his quest to quench the world's insatiable thirst for clean water. While Harrison discovers and cultivates his Christian faith throughout his story, his message stems not from his religious faith, but from his faith in humanity. Harrison's own story spans over a few decades with enough momemtum to last a lifetime. He exemplifies the root This book solidifies Harrison's seat at the table alongside Nicholas Kristof and Dr. Paul Farmer. His journey around the world and back again is rivaled only by his quest to quench the world's insatiable thirst for clean water. While Harrison discovers and cultivates his Christian faith throughout his story, his message stems not from his religious faith, but from his faith in humanity. Harrison's own story spans over a few decades with enough momemtum to last a lifetime. He exemplifies the roots of human connection and our innate compassion for each other and this planet we all call home.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Loved it. I feel inspired and refreshed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carly Antor

    This book is not just about a charity, it's about so much more. Of all the books I have read this year, this has been my favorite by far. This intersects many fields of interest, so I believe that even if you aren't sure you want to read a book about a 'charity' that you will find value in this. This is not just about charity work, but a book about building a business from the ground up, changing and disrupting an industry, the importance of marketing, working through a tough family situation inv This book is not just about a charity, it's about so much more. Of all the books I have read this year, this has been my favorite by far. This intersects many fields of interest, so I believe that even if you aren't sure you want to read a book about a 'charity' that you will find value in this. This is not just about charity work, but a book about building a business from the ground up, changing and disrupting an industry, the importance of marketing, working through a tough family situation involving ongoing sickness of a parent, the leaving behind of everything you know to start a new life, the transition to adulthood and journey of self discovery, balancing family life with a demanding career, and more. If any of these one topics sounds interesting to you or in alignment with your usual genre of reading, then this book is for you. Not only is this a great personal testimony of changing the course of one's life for good, but this also gave a deep dive into just how challenging it is to create one of the world's greatest charities and bring about change on a global level. Scott overcame so much, and seeing how he solved problems, sought the Lord's wisdom in trying times, and changed the lives of millions made this book one of my favorites.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Hickman

    I very rarely give five stars to any book, but this one checked all the right boxes for me. If you are not familiar with charity:water and Scott Harrison’s story he spends about the first third of the book giving a great history. One learns about his childhood, his family, life events that shaped him and how he ended up being a nightclub promoter in New York. I thought this section was fascinating because I’ve heard Harrison speak before, but never in such detail. The next part of the book is ho I very rarely give five stars to any book, but this one checked all the right boxes for me. If you are not familiar with charity:water and Scott Harrison’s story he spends about the first third of the book giving a great history. One learns about his childhood, his family, life events that shaped him and how he ended up being a nightclub promoter in New York. I thought this section was fascinating because I’ve heard Harrison speak before, but never in such detail. The next part of the book is how he stumbled into founding one of the most unique charities in the world. I specifically enjoyed learning about his time with Mercy Ships and how that really shaped his life. (I won’t give anything away but this might be my favorite part of the book. The details, descriptions and places he goes are wonderfully described, and the stories pull on your heart strings.) Finally the last third of the book is the story of charity:water from the very beginning. What I loved most about this book was Scott’s ability to weave a bunch of different stories together to tell his own story: family problems, questioning beliefs, the rebellion, the success in New York, questioning his future, giving a year to charity, creating a charity, finding his wife, speaking of his kids’ births, and the failures and successes of the charity itself. While this is definitely not a religious charity or book, but it is hard to not think that Scott has had Someone’s help from above, or just amazingly good timed luck-from childhood through the current time. Great read-specifically because he talks about his doubts, failures and shortcomings. Scott is open, raw and completely human-something that is hard to find in a memoir or autobiography. I for one completely believe that Scott and charity:water could end the water crisis in my lifetime.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sucia

    What I loved: The parts when Scott focused on the stories of those chairity:water serves and the stories of people who have partnered with him along the way. It read like a thank you & celebration of their efforts. I was awed and reminded of the magnitude of the potable water problem and definitely moved to share the story. I love the transparency and commitment that the foundation esposes - 100% donations to the field, to clean water efforts - not overhead. After the disillusionment I felt w What I loved: The parts when Scott focused on the stories of those chairity:water serves and the stories of people who have partnered with him along the way. It read like a thank you & celebration of their efforts. I was awed and reminded of the magnitude of the potable water problem and definitely moved to share the story. I love the transparency and commitment that the foundation esposes - 100% donations to the field, to clean water efforts - not overhead. After the disillusionment I felt with the Two Cups Of Tea author Mortenson, I was wary. When you read the statistics about % of $ that goes to disaster torn areas during fundraising campaigns it’s disheartening. 100% donated where it’s needed most? - yes please! Also, the Rachel story had me in tears. Where this hits the mark: This story does not have a sophisticated sense of realness I’ve come to look for in autobiographical narratives. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Ann Patchett, Maya Angelou, or Barbara Kingsolver, but true storytelling doesn’t make total life transformation come off trite and predictable. I feel like I ‘know facts’ about the narrator’s life but don’t feel any connection to his ‘soul transformation’ he tries to sell all throughout the book. The bad boy turned good with a lot of details about a childhood doesn’t really pull together well. He needed a stronger sense of sub plots maybe? Maybe the authors of Southpark could help Harrison tell his story a bit better because he comes off like a Mormon missionary snorting too much coke with some unrelated details about his mom thrown in for some reason.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The book was okay, but I didn't love it. One thing that bothered me was that this book felt very much like a christian book. Which is totally fine, except there is no mention of this in the description, and I really would have liked to know that before I started reading it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Miner

    This book has some really great parts, and the story overall is very inspiring. But the beginning (and a few paragraphs interspersed through the rest of the book) is just soooo evangelical. I nearly stopped reading it because the first couple chapters all have “come to Jesus” type sections. But, I’m glad I finished it as there’s actually some good insight into running a business, the difference between a nonprofit and business, and most importantly, the hard truths about the water crisis in the This book has some really great parts, and the story overall is very inspiring. But the beginning (and a few paragraphs interspersed through the rest of the book) is just soooo evangelical. I nearly stopped reading it because the first couple chapters all have “come to Jesus” type sections. But, I’m glad I finished it as there’s actually some good insight into running a business, the difference between a nonprofit and business, and most importantly, the hard truths about the water crisis in the world. It was cool to hear about the inner workings of charity: water, and hopeful to hear it isn’t a religious charity and it has such a direct impact, global reach, and continues to grow. I wish it were written differently as the second half of the book is much better (though there is a lot of unnecessary detail - like how he packs for trips to Africa... no one cares why you were 15 min late for your taxi... totally irrelevant to the story), but I’m sure the first turns more than one person away from finishing it. TL;DR: it’s worth reading, maybe just skim the evangelizing bits.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Walter Zielkowski

    I really loved this book. Scott's journey was really inspirational and enlightening. His energy and passion are infectious, he is a fantastic story teller, and he really makes you invested in everything he talks about. The book is a well-presented amalgamation of a PSA for an important cause, a self-help book, and an example of how to start a successful business [non-profit] in our social media age. Worth the read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sean Burnham

    Extremely inspirational and at times truly unbelievable. This book is actually filled with quite a few business lessons, leadership lessons and overall life lessons that most of us probably need to hear.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lochhead

    If you only read one book this year, this should be it!! It is not very often that I slow down reading a book, because I didn’t want it to end. Harrison’s story challenges one to look beyond their comforts and step into the incredibly transforming lifestyle of living by faith. In his case, changing the lives of thousands around the world by providing clean water to areas of the world that are without.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diego Parada Herrera

    Scott’s story is one of the most inspiring of our time. He tells us how he went from nightclub promoter to star philanthropist. He makes a statement about how is never too late for changing our life for the best. And he explains the work and the vision that has led charity: water to become the new gold standard for nonprofits in this century. Great reading for every Christian, every nonprofit leader and every human that wants to make an impact on the world. ——— La historia de Scott es una de las m Scott’s story is one of the most inspiring of our time. He tells us how he went from nightclub promoter to star philanthropist. He makes a statement about how is never too late for changing our life for the best. And he explains the work and the vision that has led charity: water to become the new gold standard for nonprofits in this century. Great reading for every Christian, every nonprofit leader and every human that wants to make an impact on the world. ——— La historia de Scott es una de las más inspiradoras de nuestro tiempo. Nos cuenta cómo pasó de ser un promotor de clubes nocturnos a un filántropo estrella. En el libro, enseña sobre cómo nunca es demasiado tarde para cambiar nuestra vida y ser mejores. Y explica el trabajo y la visión que ha llevado a charity: water a ser el nuevo estándar de oro para las organizaciones sin fines de lucro en este siglo. Gran lectura para cada cristiano, cada líder de organizaciones y cada ser humano que quiera hacer una diferencia en el mundo.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Frandsen

    EVERYONE PLEASE READ THIS BOOK. IT IS AMAZING AND INSPIRING AND SO SO IMPORTANT.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ali Sirri

    suyun önemini bilmemek mümkün değil. su için yapılan mücadeleler de biliniyor. ancak yazarın mücadelesini daha önce hiç duymamıştım. etkileyici bir yaşam şekli dönüşümü, muazzam bir çaba ve duygusal sonuçlar. musluktan akıyor diye kıymetini bilmediğimiz bir madde için intihar eden 13 yaşında bir kız olduğunu biliyor muydunuz?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nani Birrell

    Where do I even begin? I had to break up my review in 2 parts. Part 1. Scott’s Writing: I’m a self-published author and a female construction worker living in Las Vegas. My start time is 6 a.m. at the Resorts World tower. I found myself getting to work earlier and earlier to read “Thirst”. If I missed the man lift to my work area on the 5th floor I practically ran up the 5 stories worth of stairs to give myself more time to read. I could not stomach the 10-minute wait time for its return. I didn Where do I even begin? I had to break up my review in 2 parts. Part 1. Scott’s Writing: I’m a self-published author and a female construction worker living in Las Vegas. My start time is 6 a.m. at the Resorts World tower. I found myself getting to work earlier and earlier to read “Thirst”. If I missed the man lift to my work area on the 5th floor I practically ran up the 5 stories worth of stairs to give myself more time to read. I could not stomach the 10-minute wait time for its return. I didn’t eat much on my 30-minute lunch breaks. When I finally finished the book, I had to take several days to digest it all. Scott Harrison did a beautiful job of choosing which accounts to use in his complex story to connect me to his experiences. It’s not easy to do. His written accounts of key moments weren’t forced but felt effortless to tell his story. His writing is engaging—it provoked feelings of awe, broke my heart and gave me joy overall. Part 2: Content I have experienced poverty—I was born into it. Poverty can be used as a benchmark for lack of clean water. The fact that one man’s passion to bring life giving clean water to millions may have raised that bench mark is nothing short of a miracle! Scott and his team broke through cultural differences, language barriers, geography, war, corruption, bureaucracy and “TIF” (This Is Africa) aka “Africa Time” to deliver clean water. I could see scriptures come alive in Scott Harrison’s story. The following scripture resonated with me, most. Right before Jesus was crucified He was speaking to his inner circle of Disciples’. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father. God will use believers and non-believers for his good purpose, but I have to say that I would rather be the believer. Scott Harrison, thank you! May God continue to guide you and give you favor among men! God bless you and your family and all those by your side.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I just completed the Fred Rogers biography and can still hear his mom's words echoing in my mind "in the face of tragedy, look for the helpers". Ironically enough, the next book I picked up was about one of those helpers. This book gives great insight to the heart of Charity: Water, as always Scott Harrison is inspiring and honest. The first half is deeply rooted in his own personal faith testimony so non-believers may get distracted by this. His intention, however, is to simply tell his story a I just completed the Fred Rogers biography and can still hear his mom's words echoing in my mind "in the face of tragedy, look for the helpers". Ironically enough, the next book I picked up was about one of those helpers. This book gives great insight to the heart of Charity: Water, as always Scott Harrison is inspiring and honest. The first half is deeply rooted in his own personal faith testimony so non-believers may get distracted by this. His intention, however, is to simply tell his story and how that led to the heart and soul of Charity: Water, which is NOT a faith based charity. I will caution, this book should come with the disclaimer "you may want to quit your job and start a charity after reading this book." His story makes me want to dive into our own nonprofit with new ferocity. Like Vik's story illustrates, my family still needs health insurance so we can't quite quit our day jobs yet. BUT the book leaves me feeling refreshed and gives me hope that changing the world isn't an unreachable dream. It is also inspiring to see nonprofit leaders fiercely chase innovation and new ways of being transparent. This book is full of energy and quite an inspiration to read over the holiday season.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mililani

    Although the book is thick, the reading was very fast. Scott Harrison, nightclub promoter, switches gears and changes his life from egocentrism to altruism. In his change of life, he is driven to work on a nonprofit, charity: water to bring fresh, clean water to places where such a resource is scarce. Anecdotes and individual stories help the reader to realize the depth of commitment of the group and also the ups and downs of such a project. Throughout the book, I was reminded that I too was thir Although the book is thick, the reading was very fast. Scott Harrison, nightclub promoter, switches gears and changes his life from egocentrism to altruism. In his change of life, he is driven to work on a nonprofit, charity: water to bring fresh, clean water to places where such a resource is scarce. Anecdotes and individual stories help the reader to realize the depth of commitment of the group and also the ups and downs of such a project. Throughout the book, I was reminded that I too was thirsty. Opening the faucet to fill a glass with water became a blessing. This book brings to light how we as Americans waste a most precious commodity in our everyday lives. We have been moved to work on supporting a clean water project through our women's fellowship group at the Puna Covenant Church in Kea'au, Hawaii. Good demonstration of how words can incite action in a positive way.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Avid

    I needed to separate the mission of charity: water from the experience of reading the book in order to rate the book. The mission gets all the stars! It is an honorable and worthy and, i think, well-run charity that deserves a lot of support from everyone. I have been supporting it through the Charity Miles app for years (PS: if you’re not doing Charity Miles yet, check it out in the app store). But for me, reading the book was a pretty mediocre endeavor. Harrison’s legitimate passion for his or I needed to separate the mission of charity: water from the experience of reading the book in order to rate the book. The mission gets all the stars! It is an honorable and worthy and, i think, well-run charity that deserves a lot of support from everyone. I have been supporting it through the Charity Miles app for years (PS: if you’re not doing Charity Miles yet, check it out in the app store). But for me, reading the book was a pretty mediocre endeavor. Harrison’s legitimate passion for his org translates into a cloying storytelling experience, with annoying and frequent references to his religious faith. I had already seen his 20-minute video on YouTube, and didn’t really get enough more out of the book than the video to justify the additional time spent reading it. I suspect many readers will appreciate his “uplifting” storytelling; it just wasn’t for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenden Schaaf

    If there is a knock on this book it's that there are segments they seem irrelevant now that I've finished the whole book. I understand that a lot of the early material was included tho contrast with the author's behavior later, but I would have either liked more follow-up on earlier threads or for those to be eliminated entirely. I'm not certain what inspired me too but this book, but I'm glad that I did. Clean water is something that we take for granted in the developed world, but there are mil If there is a knock on this book it's that there are segments they seem irrelevant now that I've finished the whole book. I understand that a lot of the early material was included tho contrast with the author's behavior later, but I would have either liked more follow-up on earlier threads or for those to be eliminated entirely. I'm not certain what inspired me too but this book, but I'm glad that I did. Clean water is something that we take for granted in the developed world, but there are millions of people that can't access clean water no matter how hard they try. Solving this problem does fundamentally seem like it would make such a difference in many ways (education, medicine, political stability, etc.) that this needs to be a priority for those with means to help. Thank you, Scott Harrison, for what you do and for writing this book to spread the news.

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