Kids in the Word Review: Wrecked by Jeff Goins

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I’ve had the opportunity to read and review a pre-release copy of Wrecked by Jeff Goins. I shared some of what I thought where the best quotes from Wrecked last week. Now, I want to tell you more about the book and why I think it is worthy of being included in my Kids in the Word series.

What does it mean to be Wrecked?

Jeff describes being wrecked like this:

“To be wrecked is to be disabused of the status quo. It means to have a transformation that goes beyond mere words—to be introduced to another way of life, to follow in the footsteps of a teacher who is calling you through the eye of a needle.” pg. 32

Being wrecked requires pain. It requires letting an experience or event change who you are. I’ve seen a few wrecking points in my life: moving across the country at 17, a missions trip to Zambia at age 20, and getting through college and seminary. All required faith, focus, and involved pain. All required trusting God to provide on his timetable. All drastically changed me.

What comes after being Wrecked?

You can’t stop at being wrecked. The wrecking point in your life is meant to move to you something more. Jeff describes how you have to move through being wrecked to a point of commitment. It is more difficult for young people in recent years to move to that point of commitment because Western society and Americans in particular have created this period of adolescence that has crippled our kids.

“When I meet people who show no signs of struggle or hardship or pain, I usually find an adolescent in an adult’s body.” pg. 104

What can you do for your kids?

I’ve included Wrecked as a part of my Kids in the Word series because it represents crucial worldview ideals that we need to help our kids understand. Mainly that is that life is not without pain and our lives must move to a point of commitment. Your high school and college students need to read this book. No one wants to see their kids flounder in life. If you help them understand this concept now, maybe you can help them move to a point of commitment rather than sulk in the wrecking.

Get Wrecked!


Wrecked is an amazing book and it’s now available. You can read Jeff’s release post on his blog. Not convinced? You can read the first chapter by signing up here on the Wrecked website. Don’t delay in buying your copy, because If you buy the book between August 1 and August 4, Jeff has over $158 worth of extra goodies for you.

  • Gift #1: Electronic versions of the book
  • Gift #2: You Are a Writer eBook
  • Gift #3: The Writer’s Studio Interviews
  • Gift #4: 50% Discount Off Tribe Writers Course
  • Gift #5: 10-Week Action Guide
  • Gift #6: Audiobook

That’s a lot of FREE stuff! all you have to do is buy the book either online or at your local bookstore. Send your receipt by email to You’ll get a link and password by email to gain access to all the FREE goodies.

Want to win a copy?

I’m giving away my paper copy of Wrecked. The giveaway timeframe is short so that you can still buy a copy and get all the goodies if you don’t win. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win!

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What do you think of the concept of Wrecked? How will you help your kids understand that there is pain in life? Share in the comments. Share how you’ve kept your kids in the Word this week by linking up a post on kids AND Bible, character, or worldview.


  1. moziesme says:

    I think this fits perfectly with the “upside-down kingdom” we’ve been trying to work with our daughter on. The last shall be first, the beggars will be millionaires, the humble will be lifted up…

  2. This looks like a great book! Would love to win it!

  3. Heather Bowen says:

    I think being wrecked is a necessity. We must completely destroy ourselves to fully be His.

  4. It makes me feel good when I get past something I thought I couldn’t.


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