Monday, July 16, 2012
The Voluntourist by Ken Budd...R&G!
I often find myself lost in works of fiction but there is occasionally a really fantastic non fiction book that wins my heart too. Such was the case with The Voluntourist by Ken Budd. I could not put this book down and delighted in being a passenger on Budd's amazing journey. Here is the scoop....
n. 1. A guy who attempts to save the world in an attempt to save himself.
2. Someone who can only do it two weeks at a time.
When Ken Budd was thirty-nine, his father collapsed after eighteen holes of golf. Ken and his wife raced to the hospital—but it was too late. In the weeks that followed, as grieving friends revealed how his father had changed their lives, Ken started questioning his own life—and admitting, after years of denial, that he and his wife would never have children.
And then, still struggling with grief—his grief at losing his father, his grief at not being a father—Ken received an e-mail with the subject line: "Katrina Relief Volunteer Opportunities." He signed up. He went to New Orleans. And he kept volunteering: Costa Rica, to teach English; China, to work with special-needs children; Ecuador, to study climate change; the West Bank, to assist refugees; Kenya, to care for orphans. His goal: to find purpose by helping others, one trip at a time.
Wry, funny, and heartbreakingly honest, The Voluntourist will linger in your mind long after you've turned the last page.
Wow. Can you imagine? I can certainly imagine the questioning life's purpose part but having the guts and strength to go on such a fantastic journey? Not so much! So, because I am not so gutsy as Ken Budd, I absolutely relished being along for his ride. He is a masterful writer, bringing the different cultures to life and describing his experience with honesty and humor. I loved his style. I applauded his selflessness and it really has prompted me to look at my own life and what I can do. I won't be trekking to Ecuador but I will be taking Budd's advice and living life to its' fullest. Thank you Mr. Budd! To be truly inspired, pick up The Voluntourist by Ken Budd today...
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