Interview With Jeff Goins

Hello, all! You might remember that I reviewed a deeply moving book by Jeff Goins called “Wrecked.”

The tagline, “When a broken world slams into your comfortable life”, is accurate. Reading Wrecked makes you painfully, intimately aware of so many things: gratefulness for your own situation, real compassion for those around you, and – most importantly – what you can do to make an actual difference.

Jeff is an awesome guy (and a brand-new daddy – which has nothing to do with anything, but his son is really cute), and agreed to do a simple interview for me to tell you more about his book.

I really, REALLY suggest you check the book out (<- that link takes you to his site). It really may change your life.  Even if you don’t, at least follow him on Twitter. He’s encouraging, and has terrific contacts in the publishing industry. You really won’t regret it.


Thanks so much for joining me here, Jeff! Here are the questions I’d love you to answer for my readers.

Q: A lot of my readers might not be familiar with you, so if you don’t mind, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your book, Wrecked.

A: I’m a writer who believes that words make a difference and our lives are meant to be lived for others. Over the past six years, I’ve been learning and relearning this lesson.

Wrecked is about how we find our purpose, not by focusing on ourselves, but by laying down our lives for others. It’s about letting go of our own desires and finding a story that goes beyond us. When we surrender to this calling to live a life that is about more than selfish ambition, I believe we find our greatest fulfillment.

Q: Most folks in the public eye work hard to keep their private lives hidden. Can you tell us why you felt driven to write a book that exposes so much of your thoughts and struggles?

A: I don’t relate to people who have it all together, who don’t have a single struggle in their lives. So I figured there were at least some other people out there like me. I wrote a book for them, one that I’d want to read, which meant sharing my own struggles and shortcomings.

Q: How have you and your wife managed to balance the challenge of living a Wrecked life together, and does that seem to be changing with arrival of your brand-new (and oh-so-adorable) son?

We try to be open to interruptions and opportunities to serve. And yes, having a baby has definitely changed how we live our lives. But on the other hand, it’s underscored this paradigm of living a life that is about more than us. Our baby is a constant reminder that life is no longer about us and our own comfort (my lack of sleep testifies to this). We also hope to raise a young man who will learn at an early age that the purpose of his life is to serve others in some way.

Q: What is the most important message you want readers to take away from your book?

Do the hard thing — that’s where we grow. If you do that, you’ll never have to worry about restlessness or feeling like your life has a purpose.

That last answer was so good that I need to repeat it.

Do the hard thing — that’s where we grow. (<-click to tweet) If you do that, you’ll never have to worry about restlessness or feeling like your life has a purpose.

I can’t say it better. Go check out Wrecked today. It might make your tomorrow worthwhile.

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