Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything by Hal Donaldson and Kirk Noonan has one main point that is hammered throughout the book: live intentionally each day with your eyes open and hands ready to get involved in someone else’s life in an area of need. The book is filled with story-after-story of true life stories of people whose acts of service and care impacted people’s (often complete strangers) lives for the better.
If you are looking for a book that advocates compassion and inspiration for acts of love for one’s fellow human being, you have found a great little book.
If you are looking for a book that links the heart of compassion and love to the love of Jesus Christ for people and how these acts could potentially open up doors to let a person know about God’s love for them and to be able to share the good news of the gospel out of an eternal love for the person – this is not your book. The book quotes the book of Proverbs here or there and makes the occasional Bible reference, but on the same level as it quotes and uplifts non-Christian movie stars, Oprah, non-theist CEOs, and other secular sources as the reader’s ultimate source of inspiration and example. While looking at non-Christian sources for inspiration and example is certainly not a bad thing or something to be avoided, the author’s don’t even link these actions as being an expression of the image of God built into every human being.
As a book for inspiration to do good works, this book is great; as a book to teach how good works can be and ought to be a normal part of walking in the good works of God (or as a way for the gospel to be introduced), this is not the book for you.
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