Tuesday, March 31, 2020

"Disruptive Compassion: Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born To Be" - Hal Donaldson (with Kirk Noonan, Lindsay Kay Donaldson)

Hal Donaldson's "Disruptive Compassion: Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born to Be" is a deeply personal yet practical and relevant book centered around Donaldson's own journey with growing the non-profit organization Convoy of Hope, a faith-based non-profit providing humanitarian and disaster relief worldwide.

"Disruptive Compassion" dares to declare that you, yes you, can spark real and lasting change through acts of kindness and compassion. Yet, Donaldson does a nice job of pointing all of us in the direction of what real and lasting change means and the practical ways in which our difference-making can lean that direction rather than in the direction of short-term change that fails to really be something that lasts.

Donaldson weaves in his own life experiences from childhood forward and, rather refreshingly, avoids the usual high platitudes often found in faith-based writing. In "Disruptive Compassion," he talks frankly about his anxieties, fears, mistakes, and missteps along the way to becoming a revolutionary in his own life and in building Convoy of Hope into the major organization that it is today.

"Disruptive Compassion" does use Jesus as a model for what it means to live as a revolutionary, though the book also makes it clear we're all able to be revolutionary in our own ways. This doesn't mean that Donaldson paints it as an easy journey. He doesn't. He's not hesitant to talk about the level of sacrifice needed at times, though he also writes that the sacrifice is different for each of us according to the mission we have been given.

I will confess that I found that "Disruptive Compassion" meandered a bit in the mid-section, however, it's a book I found valuable even as I examined my own charitable work and even as I finished reading the book while in the hospital experiencing amputation of a limb.

Written in a relaxed, personal style, "Disruptive Compassion" is engaging, warm, relaxed, and seems to reflect the kind of richly human servant leadership that Donaldson himself practices. It's definitely a book I would recommend, especially for the faith-based, faith-driven community leader seeking a foundation upon which to build their ministry.

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