Be You. Do Good.
Having the Guts to Pursue What Makes You Come Alive
You were created for a meaningful life
Are you looking for purpose in your life? Trying to find a career that is a calling? Each day you can make a difference by being yourself and doing good. The greatest impact you can have is probably just around the corner, within your grasp, and embedded in your heart. It may not be easy, but it is accessible.
Jonathan Golden takes you on twelve adventures to discover not just who you are but how you can have the courage to find your calling and do good in the process. As a pastor and the founder of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company, a multimillion-dollar social enterprise, he is living out his unique calling to promote social, spiritual, and economic justice in the lives of thousands of Rwandans, while at the same time giving you a great cup of coffee. For ten years he has invited millions to "Drink Coffee. Do Good." and now he invites you to Be You. Do Good.
"Embracing who God made you to be actually helps you contribute to the common good. Jonathan has found a way to make a difference to thousands of people in Rwanda and in the United States. Read his book and you'll learn how to do the same."--Gabe Lyons, coauthor of unChristian and Good Faith
"Be You. Do Good. is a practical and powerful book to help you find a life of meaning. Finally, a tool to help people find freedom to live as God made them to be!"--Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined and senior columnist for Religion News Service
"Wondering what God has for you? Jonathan Golden has been helping people discover and pursue their unique callings for over a decade, and I'm confident he can help you find yours."--Edouard Bamporiki, member of parliament and Commissioner of Human Rights, Unity and the Fight Against the Genocide, Rwanda
Jonathan David Golden is the founder of Land of a Thousand Hills, a multimillion-dollar coffee company that provides a living wage to more than 2,500 Rwandan farmers and their families. He and his company have been featured by CNN, Fox News, Christianity Today, Relevant, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Charisma. Learn more about Jonathan at BeYouDoGood.com.
"Many people assume that becoming a 'do gooder' requires changing who they are--to become like Mother Teresa or Gandhi. But Jonathan Golden knows better. He argues that embracing who God made you to be actually helps you contribute to the common good. Jonathan has found a way to make a difference to thousands of people in Rwanda and in the United States. Read his book and you'll learn how to do the same."
Gabe Lyons, founder of Q and author of The Next Christians
"Calling and courage--Jonathan Golden leads by example on these leadership attributes. I've had the privilege of trekking with him and Land of A Thousand Hills Coffee for the last seven years. He has found his calling, and as you read his story, you'll understand why he's a good fit to guide you as you discover your own!"
Brad Lomenick, author of The Catalyst Leader
"Jonathan Golden is one of the few voices I listen to on the topics of calling and purpose. He has proven his approach works in both his personal and professional lives. Be You. Do Good. is a practical and powerful book to help you find a life of meaning. Finally, a tool to help people find freedom to live as God made them to be!"
Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined and senior columnist for Religion News Service
"I remember so well the first time I met Jonathan and began learning about the incredible work and mission of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee. I had never really heard of a direct trade business model, where each person in the supply chain, from the farmers to the salespeople, were considered equally integral and valuable to the company. It gave me hope that doing good business and treating everyone involved with respect and dignity do not have to be mutually exclusive. Rwanda has been through so much, and to see Jonathan engage the work of redemption in such a place gives me hope that we all can take part in the process, even just by sipping coffee! Read this book and you too will find out how you can do good!"
David Carr, drummer of the band Third Day
"Wondering what God has for you? Jonathan Golden has been helping people discover and pursue their unique callings for over a decade, and I'm confident he can help you find yours. He and his team at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee have made a lasting impression on my home nation of Rwanda, helping our people find their work. His story and ours is one of redemption. Yours can be too as you read this book!"
Edouard Bamporiki, member of parliament and Commissioner of Human Rights, Unity and the Fight Against the Genocide, Rwanda
"The title itself captures the core essence of Jonathan's personal biography and journey: Be You. Do Good. Pursue what makes you come alive. Jonathan gives us not just inspiration and theory but rather a personal testimony of how the truths of God's unique design and calling in our lives plays out in the stories of his people. Jonathan does a masterful job of revealing practical truths through the story of his own journey of discovery and impact."
Todd Wilson, founder of Exponential and author of More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure
"Jonathan is the real deal. When it comes to saying yes to God's call without knowing what lies ahead, Jonathan writes with authority. Because he's said the brave yes to God's call, countless lives have been changed, including ours. We look forward to being part of the Rwandan story as we launch our own Land of a Thousand Hills Coffeehouse in Cypress Springs, Texas."
Melinda and Gary Bodukoglu, entrepreneurs
"Being in a band mirrors almost every one of the twelve journeys, from 'Be who you are' to 'Pursue what makes you come alive.' The one that resonated the most with me was 'Growing little by little.' . . . In the moment it may feel frustrating to grow so gradually--one step here, one small step there--but I can promise you that in retrospect you will understand and actually savor the fact that that you worked hard for what you earned. . . . Jonathan Golden will help you learn to stop throwing your hands in the air and yelling at the sky, 'Why, God? Why aren't things happening now?" and start asking, "What, God? What can I learn in this season of waiting on what's next?'"
Steven Christian, member of the band Anberlin
"Be You. Do Good. is a tremendous resource as you are seeking your life's calling. Whether you are a social entrepreneur or in career transition, this book will provide real-life examples of how to hone in on your mission, be generous, and influence people. Read it and get started doing good!"
Dale Partridge, bestselling author and founder of StartupCamp.com
"Every day you're alive, you change the world; some people realize it and others don't. Jonathan and Land of a Thousand Hills are those that do! They have been an example to everyone that you can make a delicious difference in the world, one cup at a time! Be you and do good too by reading Jonathan's new book."
Drew Shirley and Chad Butler, members of the band Switchfoot
"Jonathan's writing is like a fresh cup, helping to open our eyes and encourage a generation to pursue their bold ideas and creative inklings."
Patrick Colletti, president and board director, Net Health
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