One Thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal Taught Me to Love the World Instead of Save It

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Jena Lee Nardella, cofounder of Blood:Water Mission and one of Christianity Today’s 33 Under 33, shares how her passion for saving the world grew into a humbler long-term calling of loving the world in all its brokenness in this beautifully written memoir.

Ten years ago, Nardella was a fresh-out-of-college, twenty-something with the lofty dream of truly changing the world. Armed with a diploma, a thousand dollars, and a dream to build one thousand wells in Africa, she joined forces with Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay to found Blood:Water and begin her mission.

Jena's dream for her nonprofit multiplied that initial small investment into what today is more than $25 million. Working throughout eleven countries in Africa, Blood:Water has provided health care for over 62,000 people in HIV-affected areas and has partnered with communities to provide clean water for more than one million people in Africa.

But along the way Nardella faced many harsh, faith-testing realities and encountered corruption and brokenness that nearly destroyed everything she'd fought for. This taught her that wishful thinking will not get you very far. She discovered that true change comes only when you stop trying to save the world and allow yourself to love it, even when it breaks your heart.

With a fresh, intelligent, and winsome voice, Nardella weaves an evocative personal narrative filled with honest and hard-won lessons that demonstrate the amazing things that can happen when you fight for your dreams.

Howard Books: 2015
288 pages
Weight lbs.: 1
Subject: Inspirational