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Chop Wood Carry Water is the story of one boy's journey to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a samurai warrior. 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 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 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.

©2015 Joshua Medcalf (P)2016 Joshua Medcalf

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Could not put this book down

Very powerful story. This should be required reading for all High School students. I cannot wait to get the other books.

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Has moments but wears thin quick

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book is certainly not a waste of time but I started to find it very annoying as each chapter passed. It came across as way too simplistic and not very realistic considering the context. The underlying messages and stories told in each chapter certainly can help bring balance to someone in a crazy world. I just wish it didn't make me feel like I was dealing with a spoiled adolescent in John.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Similar to my reaction to previous chapters, simplistic.

Have you listened to any of Joshua Medcalf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No and not sure that I would based on this one. Great potential with some moments but message gets lost.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe depending on the liberties taken by the producer. Potential is there but this was a lost opportunity.

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Overly simplistic... perhaps meant for teens?

All of the content seems okay, but it is nothing original. It is every basic self help concept boiled down and told in a cheesy anecdotal story line with modern details. The Japanese sensei is a bit cliche and doesn't come across as a believable story at all.

Gave it three stars only bc the intent is good and it may be a good starting point for some young people.

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good regurgitation of other great advice

it was a good parable type of story. but I found it incredibly unoriginal. I felt like it was a summary of many of the books and YouTube videos I've consumed over the last few years. If someone doesn't actively read or work on their own development, they'd probably find it to be more enlightening. With that said, I thought there were many good reminders and advice.

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I loved this book so much!

I loved this book so much! there were so many lessons in this book it's hard to remember them all. I plan on listening to this book at least two or three more times so I can remember them all. this book is great for any teacher or parent who wants to instill good life skills in their children or students.

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All the Great Lessons in Life in One Spot

With such a simple title, I thought that I would be a simple book, which it is, though I didn't realize it was exactly what I needed at the moment.

Following John on his quest to become a samurai archer, we get to see his progression via struggles we all come across whenever we go on a new endeavor: frustration, comparison, discouragement and the like. With each new obstacle, Akira-sensei steps in and describes a lesson either in parable form or shares an experience (which is very relatable) where John understands why he is going through what he is experiencing. By understanding that it is not what we achieve that is important, but who we become through the process, he learns valuable lessons that are applicable to every day life.

Short read, and engaging story that really resonated with my journey that I'm currently on!

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Great nuggets

Wonderful lessons learned throughout the story. Makes enduring the process of any task worth it in the end if you put your time in and "chop wood, carry water" Was a little hard to listen to the narrator, a bit monotone or something.

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generally seem to be aimed at a younger audience

many of the stories came across ham-fisted and it wasn't particularly inspiring listening to this book. it also doesn't help that it shares a title with another book that I was looking for when I downloaded it thinking that I found the book written in 1984 that I was looking for.

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awesome

Awesome book that every coach should read every coach should teach to his kids every coach's read it twice

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loved it!

Great listen... the author is visiting our school in the fall, looking forward to hearing him speak!

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  • Carl Keeley
  • 05-24-17

Essential listening

Loved this book. Short and to the point.
Without a doubt one of my all time favorites.
So much so I've gifted it to at least twenty friends and clients already.