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....


VOL·UN·TOUR·IST
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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44 comments:

Serenap95 said...

I actually want to volunteer when I get older so I think this book would be perfect for me.

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Wendy Rozema said...

because it sounds like a great book to read!

Amber said...

I'd love to become a voluntourist myself!
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I love a variety of books.

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Renee G said...

I'd love to read this because it sounds like a wonderful adventure.
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Charlotte Padgett said...

I want to read this because I am interested in things such as this.

Melissa said...

I want to read this book because I love books about adventure and finding oneself. so inspiring!

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Donna said...

I would love to read this book because this is something I would love to do. I would love to travel around the world volunteering. It sounds amazing.

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gail said...

bc it sounds like a good plot
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Sarah said...

I want to read this book because your review convinced me I would love it. I am very interested in his international volunteer experiences.

sandyandcosmo said...

This sounds like a very inspirational book. I would love to read it!

Mercedes said...

I recently wrote on my bucket list "volunteer 1000 hours". I write down each hour I volunteer, and one day I'll accomplish that. This book sounds excellent and inspiring!

corey1971 said...

I've always wanted to be an international aid worker. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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heather abbe said...

We just lost a family member who lived by "paying it forward". This book really interests me.

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Diana Stanhope said...

I would love to win because it sounds like a great story.

Linda Kwolek said...

I want to read a real paper page book because I feel the art of turning a page is being forgotten.

Daniel M said...

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Christy Maurer said...

I love books like this! I wish I had the funds to pick up and go volunteer all over.

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Samantha Remington said...

The book sounds very interesting and I'm trying to read more non-fiction.

Nancy said...

This sounds like an interesting and inspiring book that I'd like to read.

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brendaelsner said...

I would love to read this book because it sounds like a great book!

lknott said...

I've always admired people who volunteer. I wonder why I never have the time to do my own stuff let alone do for others! This book sounds good to see into anothers thoughts on volunterring!

Ashley W. said...

I'm interested in voluntourism from a medical point of view, I think this would give me the push I need in the right direction.

ani hearts japan said...

I want to win this book because I love to travel and I love to help people and it sounds like a great, inspiring read.

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Kimberly Costner said...

seems like a good tearjerker

shanta spradlin said...

It sounds like a good read. And i don't read a lot.

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Iliana Reyes said...

I would love to read this book because it sounds really interesting!

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aLilLacey said...

I need a good heart-string-pulling book and this sounds great!

AKmissesYOU said...

It sounds interesting!

Melissa said...

I want to win this book because it sounds like one that would tug at the heartstrings.
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Amy Honious said...

i would like to read this! sounds very interesting. my 19 yr old daughter would love it too!

Lisa said...

It sounds like an interesting read.

Dawn said...

Looks like an interesting book!!! Thanks for the GiveAway!

alicia humphrey said...

It sounds inspirational and interesting.

Karen Hewitt said...

I love to devour books, I will try any author once am excited to look into a new perspective

Stephanie Smith said...

I would love to read this book because this is something I would love to do. I would love to travel around the world volunteering. It sounds amazing. something frugal at yahoo dot com