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Be the Change: Your Guide to Freeing Slaves and Changing the World (invert) Paperback – March 5, 2007

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Zach Hunter is a teenage abolitionist and activist, spending much of his time working to end modern-day slavery around the world and fighting other problems in the world today. When he was twelve, he started a campaign called Loose Change to Loosen Chains, helping to raise awareness and money to free people from slavery. The author of Be the Change, Zach speaks to hundreds of thousands of people each year, inspiring them to find their passion and make a change in the world.
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Product Details

  • Series: invert
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (March 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310277566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310277569
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeff Jacobson on March 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
[...]

Staying true to our March 2007 PDL theme ([...]), I think it's safe to say that this young man has laid down his net and is moving headlong into some pretty powerful "follower-ship." Just in case you were wondering, Zach wants to end slavery and human trafficking in his lifetime. He's making a huge difference by creating awareness of a very dire crisis in our world, speaking before thousands of people and simply stepping up to the plate to do his part.

Zach's book is a very engaging and educational read, though it always feels true to the style of a normal 15-year-old. Yes, it's geared toward a younger generation, but the beauty of his writing style is that any normal kid his age (or any adult, for that matter) will see himself/herself as a potential agent of change. Because he's not lofty in his approach, what he's done comes off as doable for the rest of us too.

If you have kids, you'll want to buy this book--if only so that Zach can be an inspiration to them. And maybe in the process, we'll have more kids like him springing up to embrace a hurt world (I think everyone would agree that this would be a good thing). Even if you don't have kids, buy this book and you might be surprised to find his passion is contagious enough for you to change the world, too.
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Zach Hunter's youthful writing style brings home a very real and timely point to all. Is does not take "Age" to make a difference in this world, only passion and a committment to see your vision through to the end.

Zach's book speaks to adults as well as teens. So far I have purchased, read and given away three copies of this book, including one to my 12 year old daughter. Every person I have spoken to about this book has been impressed, and many have gone on to buy a copy for themselves and/or their own teenager.

This is a great selection for a teen or adult book study group.
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Never has such a bold message flowed with such simple power. Zach will change your life but more importantly it will change the lives of the hundreds of thousands of slaves living in despair. This is an easy-to-read and easy-to-live message filled with quotes, testimonies, and straight up wisdom from 15year old. Zach is one of my new heroes.
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The author seems like a down-to-earth, normal 15 year-old. Oh, yeah -- and he wants to end slavery around the world in his lifetime. Only problem, there are 27 million slaves in captivity around the world. Zach communicates with passion the stories of people who have inspired him to lead a global effort to fund the rescue of slaves. Young people will be similarly inspired; adults will be challenged and educated, we all may be changed. Get this book for every kid you know -- this generation will believe they can change the world.
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This book has shown me that there is something that kids can do to help the human trafficking.
After just the first chapter, I was awakened to the needs in this world. because I didn't really know how much human slave trafficking is going on in this world. Zach Hunter ( the author) asks you what do you think you can do. And at the end of every chapter there is a place where the author asks you questions and recommends Bible passages.
This is a book that is perfect for people 12 and up.
By the way, I am 12 and I think the book is very interesting and very God oriented.
Truly a book that could change this teenage generation.
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I recently read a book by Zach Hunter called "Be the Change" it is as the subtitle reads "Your guide to freeing slaves and changing the world" but it is also much more: every chapter has a main character quality that is focused on in that chapter such as courage, compassion or leadership and then several stories of people who put that certain quality to good use in their lives; in the chapter titled "Compassion" he profiled the orphanage builder George Muller and the Nobel prize winning Mother Teresa. The main purpose of this book is of course to help free modern day slavery but I found that it was helpful to me just as a teenager looking for ways that I could try to make a difference. That's the second part of the subtitle "Changing the world" and as Zach mentioned earlier in his book it's kind of hard to help free slaves without changing the world and if you help change the world by telling people about the only person who can bring true freedom, pretty soon you will find that many of the world's problems (including slavery) will be solved. Probably one of my favorite quotes from the book (and there were many good ones) was by Martin Niemoller, a German leader of the Confessing Church who was held in a Nazi concentration camp from 1937 to 1945. After he was released he wrote this poem about the need to stand against evil:
"First they came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up,
because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time
there was no one left to speak up for me.
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