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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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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