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Junkyard Wisdom: Resisting the Whisper of Wealth in a World of Broken Parts Paperback – October 1, 2016
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Roy Goble is a friend of mine. In fact, he’s the first friend I ever had. We met just out of kindergarten. He was a guy who was always getting into mischief and I was drawn to him like a magnet. You will be too. It’s a holy mischief Roy’s been up to since then. Roy’s success in the world hasn’t led him to the wealthy, it’s brought him to the poor and hurting. This beautifully written book is a story about what Roy has learned along the way about love and compassion and Jesus. (–Bob Goff, Chief Balloon Inflator, Love Does + Restore International)
God calls us all to not conform to the patterns of this world. But nonconformity doesn’t mean uniformity… . That’s why I like Roy Goble and his book. I doubt Roy’s going to move into a row house in North Philly with us―though if you want to, Roy, give me a buzz!―but Roy’s working out his salvation with fear and trembling just like the rest of us. At the end of the day, I am not interested in people being more like me, but more like Jesus. (–Shane Claiborne, Christian activist and author of The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical)
Finally! Now there is a way for wealthy Christians to participate in the vital work of reconciliation, beyond guilt or shame! In this ground-breaking book, Roy Goble addresses the elephant in the room and offers a better way forward through mutual and life-giving relationships with the poor. This book is a win-win for everybody and it’s long overdue. I highly recommend it. (–Brenda Salter McNeil, author of A Credible Witness and Roadmap to Reconciliation)
Roy Goble could easily be sipping wine and enjoying the good life. In some ways he does. But not at the expense of stewarding well the opportunities he’s been given. I research and write about global issues and cultural intelligence. Roy lives it. And that comes through in the pages of Junkyard Wisdom. Funny, challenging, and grace-filled are just a few words that describe what’s here. Enjoy and be inspired. (–David Livermore, author of Serving with Eyes Wide Open and Leading with Cultural Intelligence)
Roy Goble’s clear and passionate voice comes through the pages in a genuine and challenging way as he peels back the protective coats surrounding his own vulnerabilities. His openness to describing his own personal flaws allows us to consider more fully the planks in our own eyes. The result is liberating, creating an environment of true and honest self reflection. Junkyard Wisdom is written in Roy’s easy-to-read, down-home style―but make no mistake, the stories will leave you with big ideas to ponder and hopefully pursue." (–Mark Zoradi, CEO of Cinemark Theaters; past president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group)
Powerful and compelling, this is much more than a book associated with one’s spiritual journey or a discussion of what one should or shouldn’t do with one’s life. Junkyard Wisdom centers on the struggle surrounding created wealth and its use in addressing the plight of the poor and underserved. Using real-life expressions and easy-to-understand language and humor, Roy Goble describes the conflicts inherent with wealth for followers of Jesus, and he poses important questions. A masterful storyteller and deep thinker, Goble has crafted a beautiful and provocative read, and I highly recommend Junkyard Wisdom as immensely practical and immediately helpful. (–Ed Birch, President/CEO, Mosher Foundation; chairman emeritus, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust and Pacific Capital Bancorp)
About the Author
Roy Goble grew up working in his father's junkyard, where he learned to take apart absolutely anything and to evaluate everything for the value of its parts. After studying economics and business at Westmont College, and marrying his high school sweetheart, D'Aun, he joined his family's growing real estate business. As the business flourished, he experienced the complexity of creating wealth while following Jesus. He began to wrestle with what he knew about business and what Jesus was calling him to be and do, beginning a decades-long quest for a way to understand his place in God's kingdom and in a global society. Today he runs a real estate investment company based in Silicon Valley, leads the ministry PathLight International, and serves on multiple boards-while still finding time to visit and learn from friends and ministry partners around the world. Following Jesus as a wealth creator has turned out to be harder and better than he ever imagined, and sometimes he misses the simplicity of selling parts in the junkyard. After thirty-five years of marriage, however, D'Aun tells him he already owns too many old cars.
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This is a book about wealth, the great moral strength it requires, and the holy/sacred exchange of hope that is possible through it all. And in the telling he pulls few punches. You should read it - but don't if you're just going to talk about it and not act. Take the $10 and give it to the nonprofit doing good in your hometown. You'll be more honest that way.
As he points out, anyone wealthy enough to buy this book (even the Kindle version!) has more wealth than most of the world. Even though I'm not in the 1%, I found the book relevant, thought-provoking and actually somewhat entertaining.
But by the time we get home the wealth around us induces amnesia, the blindness of our abundance.
For Roy to remember requires building relationships. it is his emotional investment in the individual and in the community that his heart is held accountable. From thinking about what he posts on facebook to how his wealth is spent Roy shares his story.
This is no cookie cutter answer but a challenge to wrestle with the ways you need to engage your own apathy.
Can wealth be used as a connection to God... ? Possibly, If we take it to him every day for his direction. To those who much is given, much will be required.
This is a fun read to develop a healthier understanding of wealth, poverty, and the kingdom.