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Spark: Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time [Kindle Edition]

Jason Jaggard
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Develop the Art of Self-Challenge
 
Tired of dreaming about changing your life? Ready to change it? You came to the right place.
 
Jason Jaggard has developed a simple, direct way to practice the art of self-challenge. It requires a willingness to take healthy risks and is energized by the involvement of a small group of fellow risk-takers.
 
Here are just a few of the Spark insights that lead to lasting change:
· More resources are available to you than you realize.
· Living a changed life works best when a few friends get involved.
· When you relearn what “good” is, you experience more goodness in your life.
· Taking a healthy risk is always worth it, even if you fail.

When you practice the art of self-challenge, you notice that your life and the world around you start changing for the better. It involves doing the one thing that only you can do: take responsibility for your life. So go ahead and take your first risk: open this book and start reading.
 


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“I expected to come away from reading Spark impressed with Jason Jaggard’s thoughts and encouraged by his stories. But I was also inspired to start taking my own risks to make a difference in small ways and big. This book is a valuable tool for anyone looking to move from contemplating life to fully living it.”
— Mike Gogis, Willow Creek Association chief financial officer

“Jason’s flair for writing makes Spark as enjoyable to read as it is insightful. His drumbeat is that small risks often lead to dramatic transformations. Jason offers encouragement to everyone who seeks to make their lives and the world around them better, one risk at a time.”
— Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University

“Game changer! It’s a term that is used to describe the monumental changes that occur in an array of spheres—from politics to the music industry to sports and everything in between. Spark is a game changer for life and those who desire to live life loud.”
— Dr. Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, catalyst at Mosaic, a Los Angeles faith community

Spark will ignite you. Jason Jaggard invites everyone into movement by creating beautiful spaces (Spark Groups) where each person embraces the genesis of change. Spark reveals an author with a contagious passion for others and the willingness to walk by your side as you take meaningful risks. Anyone will benefit from reading this book, and bold readers will be charged, challenged, and changed.”
— Brian Kammerzelt, assistant professor and chair of communications at Moody Bible Institute; founder and director of The Just Life Spark

About the Author

JASON JAGGARD is CEO/Founder of Spark Good, a company passionate about unleashing creative potential in individuals and organizations. He is the creator of Spark Groups, an experience thousands of people worldwide have participated in at universities, corporations, faith communities, non-profits, homeless shelters, and in other settings. Before starting Spark Good, Jason worked on staff at Mosaic, a community of faith in Los Angeles. Jason teaches at Pepperdine University and speaks to a wide variety of audiences across the country.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1854 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00EJ3AL0I
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080Z5H2I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spark by Jason Jaggard August 24, 2012
By loriann
Format:Paperback
This book takes you on a path. An ever growing, inspired, spark filled path. It encourages to change things by moving from asking hard questions to making hard choices. I never thought about it being in God's will to live an inspiring life. But that is what the author says God wants for us in our lives.

We can even thank God for the things we cannot change or don't like about ourselves. Jason Jaggard states for in these inadequacies there is a unique way to love others that not many can duplicate. That is a great way to appreciate our faults. Though our faults come naturally they don't always honor God. In these areas we need to devote an unnatural amount of energy to developing ourselves far beyond what we are good at.

According to the author there are four things a risk must be.

1. Immediate- something you will do in the next six days.
2. Controllable- something that is within your power to do.
3. Challenging- something that stretches your comfort zone.
4. Positive- something that makes your life or the world better.

After reading his book I want to have the spark mentioned. The author explains it in a way that is attainable and Biblical. I recommend this book to those that need a recharge or spark in their spiritual life.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come on, take some risks! August 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
Jason Jaggard, founder of Spark Good, has a goal for you. He wants you to take some risks. In his Spark groups, participants are encouraged each week to do something risky to improve themselves or others as a means of getting outside their comfort zone and finding their passion. His new book Spark: Transform Your World, One Small Risk at a Time attempts to capture the spirit of the Spark groups in book form. I've never been to a Spark group, but I suspect they are more inspiring than the book. That said, Spark does give a spark of inspiration and challenge.

Some of Spark falls into the mold of a pretty traditional most of self-help, inspirational, you-can-do-it book. Jaggard's unique contribution is the risk that he challenges the reader to take. If we can genuinely set self aside, set pride aside, and listen to God's leadership, where might God take us? What might we accomplish or achieve? Jaggards peppers Spark with biblical examples as well as examples from the lives of Spark group participants and others to pave the way for our own steps toward risk and fulfillment. His light, engaging tone is easy to read and easy to follow down the path of most resistance. I would anticipate that Spark would be best used as a springboard into a Spark group, a starting place for stepping out into real risk.

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for the complimentary review copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spark Takes A Much Needed Risk August 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group sent me a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church and we would frequently sing the hymn Pass It On - "It only takes a spark to get a fire going..." Little did I know the concept of "spark" would take on a whole new meaning in my later years. In his new book Spark, author Jason Jaggard defines a spark as "...a choice. A small risk. It's a flash of light that brightens the everyday routine of your life. It's a decision to move from inaction to action." A spark is finding something that would make you, someone else, or the world as a whole a better place and actually doing that thing.

Jaggard's organization Spark Good encourages people to form Spark Groups (a group of about 8-10 individuals who meet for five weeks encouraging each other to take a small risk each week) with their friends and family. The book talks about why we need to take risks and tells the stories of several individuals (including Jaggard himself) who took risks and how they bettered themselves and others as a result. It is definitely an easy read and I got a wealth of information from it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One small spark can help you change the world August 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
Jason Jaggard's new book Spark hit the spot for me. And I think it will for you too.

In Spark, Jason breaks down the steps he's used to see great change in himself and others. There are examples galore throughout the book.

He also challenges you to step out of your rut and to do something special.

When you're finished reading the book, you'll have a new desire to get out there and change the world. It did it for me. I know it can do it for you as well.

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy by the publisher for review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spark: Transform Your World One Small Risk at a Time November 23, 2012
By Jenni B
Format:Paperback
The first thing I noticed as I opened the book was that the font was not Times New Romans! Good choice. As I read the book, I laughed a lot. That does not mean I did not think about and evaluate where I am in life right now. Jason Jaggard is highly relateable through his writings. I would like to think that if we were to meet face to face, we would be friends.

The main question Jaggard asks throughout the book is "'What's one risk I can take this week to make the world a better place?'... 'What's one way I can serve others?'... 'How can we reflect the character and impact of God' (52)?

"You can spend years talking about risks, but your life won't change until you start taking risks. It's not enough to know the information. It's not enough to have the conversation. You have to move on to application" (68).

My favorite chapter was eleven. I relate to the girl he mentioned in a story who said "I just don't feel like I have anything to offer" (129). He proceeded to list several things that made her unique. His challenge is to use what you have.

Jaggard, about speaking in front of thousands of people said, "I wanted the opportunity, but I was afraid I wasn't capable.... There's a tendency in many of us to just stay where it's safe to avoid opportunities that would demand something from us that we're not sure we can give. And that, if anything, defines a life without God -- a life that doesn't need Him to exist" (167).

After telling a story about a jr. high overnight retreat, Jaggard says, "Sometimes people need just a little bit of hope. They need to have someone believe that their lives can be better tomorrow than they are today. That they can be better tomorrow than they were today (203).

I really needed this book...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard book to put down!
Jason is an incredible thinker, innovative practitioner, and a risk taker. I love his writing style, his passion and focus, and I am extremely compelled by his storytelling. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve S
2.0 out of 5 stars Fizzle
In my opinion, there should be warning labels on books like SPARK by Jason Jaggard. "Warning: This book contains "Emergent Church" teachings; could be hazardous to your... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Im sure its a great book...
Sometimes, when I get a new book, I devour it, other times, I never even read them. Then there are times when I just can't get into it. This is one of those times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zac Hagerty
1.0 out of 5 stars Spark - Yet No Fire
I was excited when I first received "Spark". Based on the description it seemed to be just what I was looking for! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Promotes action
This book is helpful, because not only is it spiritually inspirational, but it encourages you to action in a fun, supportive social environment.
Published 13 months ago by Rae
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted fire, but....
I love the concept here: a series of little risks can change your life and the world. It just did not develop for me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brian Books
4.0 out of 5 stars One Small Spark
When I first saw the description to this book I was intrigued. This is the type of book that I love to read, one that sets off a 'fire' or in this case a 'spark' into my... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those who have always wanted to do more but needed a...
Spark is a book all about taking risk. Too many times we are inspired by what someone says or does but we never do anything about it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Juan Benito
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book was very good. At first, seeing what the author did for a living I figured it would be a lot of self-promotion for his company. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LittleBlue
2.0 out of 5 stars Spark -- No Fire, Just Smoke
Spark, by Jason Jaggard, is one of your normal self-help books that flood the market every year. Jaggard supposedly operates from a Christian worldview (this book was published by... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jemedm
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