Eugene Cho

Great news: I’ve finished writing my first book, “OVERRATED”. Here’s the official cover and what it’s about.

Well, I have some exciting news to share with you all.

My first book, Overrated, is done. Manuscripts. Revisions. Edits. Rewrites. Edits. Copyedits. More edits. Copyedits. Then I thought I was finished. And then I wasn’t. More edits. Copyedits.

And ready or not, finally…the book is finished. The book is at the printers right now.

So, here’s some info about the book:

Official Title:

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Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World?

I actually wanted to call it:

Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World…and in the Process, Be Changed Ourselves

And yes, I was also pushing for : Jesus, Justice, and Selfies

The official hashtag: #OverratedBook

Release Date:

The official release date is on September 1 but it’s available for pre-order now at AmazonBarnes & NobleCBD, and BooksForChrist.

My publisher, David C Cook, is currently working on a simple website for the book.

An Overview of the Book:

I’m really excited about this book. I know that authors are supposed to say that about their own books but this book flows deeply out of my own heart as my personal confession. This book is about Justice, Discipleship and ultimately, about following Jesus. But I’ve learned, at times painfully, that it’s not just about us doing justice, this journey is also about allowing the work of justice to change us. Our calling is not simply to change the world but perhaps as important…is to be changed ourselves.

This book is about my journey in learning this truth. It’s a book that describes a very personal collision of faith, justice, following Jesus, praxis, and counting the costs. It’s messy and painful but it’s real and it’s my invitation to others to be less infatuated with telling a good story and instead, simply living a good story.

Endorsements

I’m also really honored that Don Miller wrote the foreword for the book. I’m truly humbled that several colleagues, friends, and mentors agreed to write endorsements for the book including Dr. John Perkins, Lynne Hybels, Louie Giglio, Shane Claiborne, Ann Voskamp, Matthew Barnett, Judah Smith, Christena Cleveland, Soong-Chan Rah, and several others. Here’s a sample of the endorsements:

“I intended to scan Overrated and write a quick endorsement because I like Eugene. But I couldn’t help myself. I read every word and pondered what I read. Eugene’s questions became mine: I love justice, but do I actually live justly? Am I committed and disciplined enough to become an expert about causes and issues I care about? Is my activism smart? Is it grounded in prayerfulness? Do I incarnate the gospel in such a way that I compel people toward Christ? Overrated challenged and chastised me, inspired and energized me. I highly recommend it.
Lynne Hybels, cofounder of Willow Creek Community Church and author of Nice Girls Don’t Change the World 

“G. K. Chesterton was asked what’s wrong with the world. He replied, ‘I am.’ Eugene Cho brings a halt to self-righteous finger-pointing and invites us all to change the world—beginning with ourselves. It can be fashionable to talk about the poor but not as fashionable to talk to the poor. It may be popular to talk about justice and still not know any victims of injustice. But we will never make poverty history until we make poverty personal. Eugene Cho shatters all our hipster coffee-shop talk of justice and dares you to dive into the trenches and do something real with your life. Talking about changing the world has never changed the world anymore than talking about CPR has ever saved someone’s life. ‘Talkin’ Bout a Revolution’ is a great song by Tracy Chapman, but Eugene Cho reminds us that the revolution has to be lived.”
~ Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and founder of Simple Way

“A gusty and gritty expose’ on the motives of a generation in love with the idea of saving the world, Overrated by Eugene Cho is a necessary exercise for all who desire to truly be a part of the change God wants to bring to humanity. I love justice and I seek compassion for all, but as Pastor Cho so vividly unfolds, I first must allow the transforming power of the gospel to invade my heart. This book is real, personal, necessary and a must read so we can all continue on the path toward justice for all.”
Louie Giglio, Passion City Church/Passion Conferences

“We are called to give ourselves to our generation, and Pastor Eugene’s work here in Overrated is exactly that. This deeply personal narrative takes readers on a lived journey of wrestling through the realities of being a justice fighter today. I’ve given my fifty-plus years to this fight, and his story is my story. I believe it may be yours as well. I encourage all believers to read Overrated. It lays a course for how we must proceed as humble but faithful justice leaders in an unjust world.
~ John M. Perkins, cofounder of Christian Community Development Association and author of Let Justice Roll Down

Here’s how you can help…

…if the message of the book is something that resonates with you and/or if my ministry has been of some encouragement to you by God’s grace:

1. You can pre-order the book now.

While the book will officially “drop” on September 1, pre-orders are available and might actually start shipping by mid-August. You can pre-order them on AmazonBarnes & NobleChristian Book Distributors, BooksForChrist, and likely your favorite online store. The e-book is also available for pre-order now.

2. Join the ‘Overrated Street Team‘ for the book.

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I’ve never had a street team but after chatting with my publishers at David C Cook, we’re all excited about this book and want as many people to hear about it and with limited resources, we’re really hoping for grassroots support for the book.  You’ll need to apply here but if selected by the publisher, you’ll get an early digital copy of the book, an autographed copy of Overrated, and an interactive e-book with study guide. Also, David C Cook will pick the top 5 members of the street team and invite them to a Google hangout where you and I can meet and get to know each other a bit! We can discuss why the Seattle Seahawks will repeat as champs or anything else you want. As part of the street team, we’re asking for folks to:

  • Post honest reviews of the book on sites like Amazon and Goodreads
  • Consistently post about the book on Twitter, Facebook, and all other applicable social media channels
  • Engage with our (David C Cook and Eugene Cho) social media posts about the book
  • Discuss and recommend the book to your spheres of influence, online and offline.

There’s limited space but hope you’ll consider applying/joining the street team.

Even if you don’t join the street team, any help in sharing about the book would be incredibly helpful.

3. Pray for the book. Pray for me.

I’d appreciate your prayers for wisdom. I believe in this book. Rather, I believe in the message of this book. It’s something that God has been working in my life for many years and my one prayer about the book has nothing to do about selling well. I just pray that it’ll bless, challenge, convict, and edify the body of Christ…and anyone that chooses to read it.

For me personally, this is all new to me…and I’d love prayer for wisdom and humility. Prayers for balance as I continue to juggle – like all of you – the numerous passions of our lives.

I often write stuff on social media and what folks don’t know is that what I write…is not for often intended for others but rather as prayers and reminders to myself.

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Lastly, thanks…

Thanks for your prayers.
Thanks for your support.
Thanks for believing in me.
Thanks for believing in what God is doing in my life.

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5 Responses

  1. Bruce Strom says:

    Congrats my friend. Look forward to reading and sharing your book. The truth which God has drawn you to is significant and life changing. As you know, I not only believe what you have written but I live it out by God’s grace and as He enables. Took me a year to get a book site up (www.gospeljusticebook.com) so way to exit the gate strong! Anything I can do to help I am very happy to do so. I’m just a little fish in God’s big ocean, but God uses little fish to do cool things. He will do very cool things through you.

  2. […] friend Eugene Cho has finally done it – he’s written his first book entitled Overrated.  The sub title is aptly, “Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than […]

  3. Looking forward to this book. Eugene, I’d still love sometime to connect with about the work we’re doing at The Overflow Project. We have a similar mission and are in the same city.

  4. Hello, Eugene and congratulations on the book! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

  5. James Rice says:

    I have recently purchase the book and would like to use it for my small group. Is there any way to still get the study guide? More than happy to pay for it!

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Collaboration.

col·lab·o·ra·tion
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noun

the action of working with someone or a group of others  to produce or create something.

May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

Yes, blessed be the local, indigenous leaders. What an honor and privilege to celebrate with the on-the-ground local @thefreedomstory team to celebrate the recent opening of their Education and Resource Center for the local youth in Chiang Rai, Thailanf. This was made possible through a partnership and matching grant by @onedayswages and The Freedom Story.

While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

May hundreds and even thousands of youth be impacted, encouraged, and mentored. May they capture a glimpse of God's love for them.

Photo: @benjaminedwards Part 2 on my wrestling with the complex issue of human trafficking. In part, documenting my trip to Thailand for @onedayswages...to listen, learn, and visit one of our partner orgs @thefreedomstory. More to come.

There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

Lord, break our hearts for the things that break your heart. Give us eyes to see others through your eyes. Give us humility so that we acknowledge our own need to learn and grow. (Photo via @thefreedomstory)

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