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Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World Hardcover – January 5, 2012

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About the Author

Doc Hendley is the founder and president of Wine to Water, a nonprofit organization focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world. When he isn't traveling to underdeveloped nations or raising awareness for the world's water crisis, Hendley spends his time in Boone, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; First Edition edition (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334621
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trudie Barreras VINE VOICE on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is an exhilarating experience to read a story that is totally contemporary, incredibly significant, and involves situations that are of immediate interest and concern. This book was purchased by my husband Ray Barreras because, during recent trips to visit friends and participate in various mission-type activities in the Dominican Republic, he became aware of the work of FilterPure, which produces ceramic water filters. He had already purchased a number of these filters from the FilterPure factory in that country to distribute to the people he was working with when the Haiti earthquake occurred. Expanding efforts to raise money in our local church and various quilt groups he was involved with kept Ray tuned in to the efforts of FilterPure to establish a second factory in Haiti, so the efforts of Doc Hendley to facilitate this were of great interest.

As this splendid narrative makes clear, Doc Hendley's efforts with Wine to Water go far beyond the specific work in Haiti which first sparked our interest. The book is a gripping, scary and honest story of the incredible challenges facing our world as seen through the eyes of one individual trying to make a difference. Most of the book deals with Doc's efforts to bring water to the refugee camps and villages in the most dangerous regions of war-torn Darfur. The year he spent in this endeavor, his miraculous survival after his team was attacked, his obvious struggles with PTSD (though he doesn't use that term) make this an adventure story of the highest order.

One thing that was focused in my awareness by Doc's book is the incredible complexity of the water crisis facing our world. He makes it emphatically clear that the loss of life due to the lack of potable water far exceeds that from any other cause.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laura's Reviews on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wine to Water is the uplifting and heart-breaking personal journey of a young man finding his calling in life. Dickson "Doc" Hendley is the son of a preacher who spent many years trying to discover his true passion in life. He knew he loved Harley motorcycles, playing his guitar, and being a bartender in North Carolina. But it wasn't until he met a woman who told him about her husband's work at an aid organization called Samaritan's Purse that Doc felt his interest truly perked. Doing research on his own, he discovered that there is a vast worldwide water crisis. Disturbed by this knowledge, Doc put together a "wine to water" event at a local bar to raise awareness of the crisis and raise money.

After trying to donate the money to Samaritan's Purse, Doc was roped in by the organization to see for himself the crisis first hand. Asked to be sent to the worse place in the world, Doc was sent to Darfur in 2004. Once there, Doc went to the UN "no-go" hot spots to help the people that other aid organizations didn't assist. First hand he discovered the atrocities of a government sponsored genocide. Although he found himself mostly against the Janjaweed terrorists, he also helped them out to have clean drinking water. He also realized that while he sided with the SLA rebels, they were not saints.

On the ground in Darfur, Doc learned that he was good working with people and solving problems. Instead of putting in expensive new wells, he and his crew soon became experts at fixing the wells as a much cheaper alternative. He also learned that to truly achieve clean water, he had to educate the people on how to maintain and fix their own wells.

Doc faced many death defying experiences and also came face to face with pure evil.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on January 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In his first book, Doc has proven the rare ability to be easy to relate to, while staying completely open about a not-so-smooth past. It's an extremely refreshing read for those of us who know we're not perfect but recognize that we have it in us to make a difference. I'll continue to read it over and over...until he releases another. Well done, Doc!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheila A. Dechantal on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What does wine tasting and clean water in Sudan have in common?

Doc Hendley.

Doc Hendley was born into a Christian family. His father a Pastor, his mother a devout follower, and his siblings following in their footsteps. Yet while Doc believed in God... he was more in his Harley, drinks with friends, and making a living bar-tending. He preferred to lay low in life, Doc just wanted to do his own thing and be left to himself to do it.

Then one night after having a dream that left him with the words "wine to water" in his head... he spent some time on Google and was shocked at what he discovered:

One in every six people do not have access to clean water
In developing countries, women and children walk 4 or 5 hours to get water each day
Unclean water kills a child every twenty seconds

An idea was born. With a little help from his friends, Doc organized the first Wine to Water charity event. In a nightclub with a Deejay and many donated cases of wine, they opened up the event on Saturday February 4 , 2004 to more than 300 people attending. They made over $6,000 dollars... and that was just the beginning...

Little did Doc know at the time that he would be traveling to one of the world's most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan, in the name of clean water.

How can I describe this book? Mostly I found it interesting. I loved the descriptions of Sudan, and what Doc experiences, from my own time in a impoverish country, I could imagine quite well what is must have been like. And it was also heart breaking.
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