Book Giveaway: Runaway Radical (By Amy Hollingsworth And Jonathan Hollingsworth)

Runaway Radical Cover in High Resolution

I’m really excited to have my friends Amy Hollingsworth and her son, Jonathan, guest post on the blog today. They’ve just released a fantastic new book called Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World. It chronicles Jonathan’s efforts to change the world in Africa, an adventure that, as the subtitle implies, didn’t turn out the way expected. As I said in my endorsement, what I love most about Runaway Radical is its raw honesty. It’s not the cheap honesty that’s all the rage today; the kind that’s easy to hear and digest because it never really makes us uncomfortable. But a genuine, deep, and messy sort of honesty; the sort of honesty an image obsessed, programming addicted, got it all figured out Church doesn’t want to hear, but desperately needs to heed.

This book should definitely be on you must read list. Seriously, head over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy today. Or enter a drawing to win one of 2 free copies!! Details on how to enter are below.

But before you do that, read the chapter from Runaway Radical below. You’re gonna love it. Then make sure to keep with Runaway Radical on Facebook and follow Jonathan and Amy on Twitter.

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One of the last memories I have before boarding the plane to Africa is standing in front of the painted-on chalkboard that spans an entire wall of my bedroom. This wall bore no literary quotes or Bible verses; it was blank except for a countdown tally that read: days till Africa.

It was the night before my departure, and the tally needed updating. I erased the previous number, scribbled on the day before, and drew a number one that reached from floor to ceiling. I took a few steps back and let the image sink in. This was a symbolic moment, not only because it represented the beginning of a yearlong trip, but because it represented a trip that I believed would inspire me to stay for good.

I can’t count the times a classmate or neighbor told me it wouldn’t be surprising if I became so taken with the African culture that I’d never come back. Or, if I did come back, it would be with an orphaned child who I just couldn’t bear to part with.

Neither of these predictions came true, of course, and perhaps they were too ambitious for someone who had yet to step foot on the continent. But that didn’t stop me from picturing myself in the shoes of every missionary with a success story I’d spent the last two years reading about, wanting to become.

If you are a young, idealistic Christian, then Africa is the place to be. Where else do you find missionaries multiplying loaves and fishes to feed entire orphanages? Or a young woman my age adopting orphaned girls and raising them on her own? Or a nonprofit trying to take down a war criminal? Or people being healed? Or even being raised from the dead?

When Christians tell stories about Africa, they tell stories like these. Every outreach is a success. God always does something amazing. Lives are always changed. Every account is written with the ecstasy of someone whose heart is exploding with joy.

The downside to holding literature so dear is that sometimes you find yourself trying to live out the stories of the characters in your books. This temptation is almost inescapable in Christian literature, where the reader is encouraged, even directed, to view the person as an example to be followed.

As I stared at the countdown on my wall, I had no reason to believe that my story would unfold any differently than the stories of the passionate do-gooders in my books. I had been let down by mission trips before, but those were nowhere near as ambitious as the journey I was about to embark on. If I learned anything from the stories coming out of Africa, it was that if I wanted God’s attention, I had to do something big. I had to do something too big for God to ignore. And then, surely then, he would show up. And he would do something amazing.

But the question I never asked myself, the question absent from the countless testimonies I had heard in church, absent from the inspiring accounts of miracles, absent from all the literature urging young Christians to follow God to another part of the world and make disciples, was this: What happens when God doesn’t show up?

Where do those stories go? I didn’t know the answer then, but I do now. Those stories don’t get told. Those stories make God look bad. Those stories make the church look bad. So they tell you not to tell your story. No newsletter, no slideshow, no testimony. No one is even told you’ve come home.

Better than a bad story is no story. That way, what happened to you never really happened.

 

WIN A FREE COPY OF RUNAWAY RADICAL: As I said, I’m giving away not one, but 2 copies of Runaway Radical!! There are 4 ways to enter: like my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, subscribe to the blog, or if you already do all 3, share this post somewhere online. Then leave a comment below letting me know what you did and what your first and last name is. All entries must be in before midnight on tomorrow, Feb. 25. I’ll draw a name out of a hat and announce the winner here and on both Twitter and Facebook on Thursday.

BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNERS: Congrats to Stephen Carter and Alaric Dinh!! They’re the winners of free copies of Runaway Radical. Stephen and Alaric, send your mailing addresses to zaackhunt@gmail.com and I’ll get your copies of Runaway Radical in the mail right away.

 

71 Comments
  • gpersons
    February 24, 2015

    I already liked you on facebook and follow you on Twitter. I subscribed to your blog and shared your post on facebook. I’m Georgi, and I’d really like to win this book. 🙂

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Georgi! I’ve added you to the drawing. In case we have another Georgi enter, what’s your last name?

      • gpersons
        February 24, 2015

        Another Georgi? Impossible! (Actually, my first name is Georgianna, and I met a Georgiana years ago.) And it’s Persons. 🙂 Thank you!

  • Chris Collins
    February 24, 2015

    I’m an fbook liker. My name is Chris.

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Chris! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Jon Christian
    February 24, 2015

    I am subscribed, follow you on twitter and on facebook. I’ve shared this post on both Twitter and Facebook.

    My name is Jon and I’d like to win the book.

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Jon! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Paul Tarro
    February 24, 2015

    Subscribed to blog via juno.com. Name is Paul

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Paul! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Vicki Ardern Whitley
    February 24, 2015

    I am subscribed and I “liked” your page on FB. Vicki Whitley

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Vicki! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Suranjeen Prasad Pallipamula
    February 24, 2015

    I am a Facebook follower… First name Suranjeen

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Suranjeen! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Jeff Blackshear
    February 24, 2015

    Shared via FB.

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Jeff! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • wbarnett55
    February 24, 2015

    Followed you on Twitter. Shared on Facebook.

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks! What’s your full name so I can add it to the drawing?

      • wbarnett55
        February 24, 2015

        D’oh! It’s Wendell Barnett.

  • Amy Hollingsworth
    February 24, 2015

    We are so grateful for your support, Zack!

  • David Castillo
    February 24, 2015

    Liked you on Facebook, followed you on Twitter. Name is above.

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, David! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Jaci Presley
    February 24, 2015

    Liked you on FB & Shared the post

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Jaci! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Amanda
    February 24, 2015

    Followed you on Twitter (@theamandabeaty) and shared this post on Twitter & FB. (I followed the link to the other post, but that giveaway has already ended.)

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda! I’ve added you to the drawing, but what’s your last name in case we have another Amanda enter?

  • Steampunk_Gypsy
    February 24, 2015

    Followed you on Twitter, friended you on FB; I already have your blog on my RSS feed; and I’ve linked the giveaway on my own blog.

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks! What’s your name so I can add you to the drawing?

      • Steampunk_Gypsy
        February 24, 2015

        Ha! Yeah, that might help, yes? Jude Morrissey.

  • DR
    February 24, 2015

    I liked your Facebook page. Davis Reardon

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Davis! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Vicki Hilliard
    February 24, 2015

    I already liked you on FB, and now subscribe to your blog. Thanks! Vicki Hilliard

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Vicki! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Brenna
    February 24, 2015

    All four!! Brenna D’Ambrosio

    • ZackHunt
      February 24, 2015

      Thanks, Brenna! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Annmarie
    February 24, 2015

    Love the excerpt–I’m already so intrigued! Liked you on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, and subscribe to your blog already. Annmarie Steffes

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Annmarie! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Andy Hall
    February 24, 2015

    I liked your facebook and subscribed to you page! I don’t have twitter so bummer days. My name is Andy Hall. Thanks Zack!

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Andy! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Erin McDonald Sweeney
    February 24, 2015

    Liked you, subscribed, and shared the post. I will be reading this even if I don’t win, but I hope I do! 🙂 -Erin Sweeney

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Erin! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • kensrobin
    February 24, 2015

    I liked your Facebook page, followed you on Twitter, and subscribed. Can I get an extra entry since I actually AM moving to Africa? 😉

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Lol I think that just means you have to write your own book. 🙂

  • doublesigh
    February 24, 2015

    This book looks really interesting

    Liked your FB page 🙂

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks! What’s your name so I can add you to the drawing?

  • Me
    February 24, 2015

    I liked your facebook page and shared. I already subscribe and follow you on Twitter.

    “Better than a bad story is no story. That way, what happened to you never really happened.” Spot on.

    My name is Sarah Hyatt and I am not the hotel : )

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Sarah! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Lacey Fulton
    February 24, 2015

    Hello, I liked your FB and subscribed to your blog. Looking forward to reading more from you… I also shared on FB! Thanks!

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Lacey! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Steve Dustcircle
    February 24, 2015

    Even as a former Christian, I enjoy your blog, read it almost daily, and am entering to win the book. Sounds interesting.

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thank you so much for you kind words, Steve. I really appreciate it. You’re entered in the drawing!

  • stephen carter
    February 24, 2015

    Likes on facebook!
    Stephen Carter

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Stephen! I’ve added you to the drawing.

    • ZackHunt
      February 26, 2015

      Congrats Stephen!! You won a copy of Runaway Radical!! Send your mailing address to zaackhunt@gmail.com and I’ll get it in the mail to you right away.

  • Celeste Wyatt Lee
    February 24, 2015

    I shared this post with two good friends on FB and subscribed to the blog. I am so interested in this book as I co-founded a non-profit in 1998 in Kenya. Last year I resigned from the organization. I had and still do have a lot of questions about “missionary” work in especially Kenya.

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Celeste! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • tim hawkins
    February 24, 2015

    Shared!!

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Tim! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Marge
    February 24, 2015

    Shared it on Facebook!

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Marge! I’ve added you to the drawing. But what’s your last name in case we have another Marge enter?

  • Anita
    February 24, 2015

    Subscribed to the blog. Anita Simmons

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Anita! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • joanne
    February 25, 2015

    subscribed! Joanne Ewen

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Joanne! I’ve added you to the drawing.

  • Alaric Dinh
    February 25, 2015

    Liked page on facebook , Alaric DInh

    • ZackHunt
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks, Alaric! I’ve added you to the drawing.

    • ZackHunt
      February 26, 2015

      Congrats Alaric!! You won a copy of Runaway Radical!! Send your mailing address to zaackhunt@gmail.com and I’ll get it in the mail to you right away.

  • Emily
    February 25, 2015

    Liked your facebook page and subscribe. Emily Sallman

  • jondkelly
    February 25, 2015

    Sounds like a really interesting read! I already follow everything so I shared to FB. Thanks!

  • Koren Gebben
    February 25, 2015

    I followed you on Twitter and I would like to enter to win the book.

  • Book Reader
    March 2, 2015

    Barnes & Noble Fredericksburg 540-785-3504 has a limited number of autographed (both Amy & Jonathan) copies available if anyone is interested. It truly is raw, heart breaking honesty and a story that needs to be heard.

    Runaway
    Radical is its raw honesty. It’s not the cheap honesty that’s all the
    rage today; the kind that’s easy to hear and digest because it never
    really makes us uncomfortable. But a genuine, deep, and messy sort of
    honesty; the sort of honesty an image obsessed, programming addicted,
    got it all figured out Church doesn’t want to hear, but desperately
    needs to heed. – See more at:
    http://zackhunt.net/2015/02/24/book-giveaway-runaway-radical-amy-hollingsworth-jonathan-hollingsworth/#sthash.Kq76enZH.dpuf
    Runaway
    Radical is its raw honesty. It’s not the cheap honesty that’s all the
    rage today; the kind that’s easy to hear and digest because it never
    really makes us uncomfortable. But a genuine, deep, and messy sort of
    honesty; the sort of honesty an image obsessed, programming addicted,
    got it all figured out Church doesn’t want to hear, but desperately
    needs to heed. – See more at:
    http://zackhunt.net/2015/02/24/book-giveaway-runaway-radical-amy-hollingsworth-jonathan-hollingsworth/#sthash.Kq76enZH.dpuf
    Runaway
    Radical is its raw honesty. It’s not the cheap honesty that’s all the
    rage today; the kind that’s easy to hear and digest because it never
    really makes us uncomfortable. But a genuine, deep, and messy sort of
    honesty; the sort of honesty an image obsessed, programming addicted,
    got it all figured out Church doesn’t want to hear, but desperately
    needs to heed. – See more at:
    http://zackhunt.net/2015/02/24/book-giveaway-runaway-radical-amy-hollingsworth-jonathan-hollingsworth/#sthash.Kq76enZH.dpuf

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