Guided by “Akira-sensei,” John comes to realize the greatest adversity on his journey will be the challenge of defeating the man in the mirror.
This powerful story of one boy’s journey to achieve his life long goal of becoming a samurai warrior, brings the Train to be CLUTCH curriculum to life in a powerful and memorable way.
Some things you will learn…
—No matter how it feels, you are always building your own house.
—How and why you must surrender to the outcome in order to be at your best.
—Why you never want to have your identity wrapped up in what you do.
—Why your strength lies in faithfulness to the little things.
—How to develop a heart posture of gratitude.
—How to use the biggest challenges as a training ground for greatness.
—Why the process is more important than the goal.
—Why comparison is the thief of all joy.
—How to develop a growth mindset.
—Why talent is more of a curse than a blessing.
“So many valuable stories and lessons!”
—Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joshua Medcalf weaves his engaging story-telling skills throughout Chop Wood Carry Water's parable about John's journey to become a samurai archer under the tutelage of the wise sensei Akira. The advice John receives from Akira reveal many of Joshua Medcalf's life-giving and heart-changing lessons to improve the trajectory of your life.
I have been blessed to hear Joshua Medcalf speak to groups of athletes six times and each time I have witnessed the transformational impact he has had on hundreds and hundreds of student-athletes. Medcalf weaves many of those same life-changing stories into Chop Wood Carry Water. This book speaks to today's youth about the importance and necessity of hard work, attention to detail, developing a growth mindset, overcoming obstacles, patience and attitude. Throughout these valuable lessons Medcalf stresses the important role his Christian faith has played in his journey.
I gave Chop Wood Carry Water to my 18 year old son for Christmas. Not only did he read it in one setting, but I now hear him quote lessons from the book when talking about challenges he faces. I highly recommend Chop Wood Carry Water as a valuable resource that will speak to your heart and improve the trajectory of your life and positively impact the lives of others.
Founder of Coach With Love
Very Short and efficient book to read and the message is deep and life changing!! Well done.
Easy read but the message in the book is huge