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An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. 

At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models - repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, "What would the exact opposite of my life look like?" Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised more than $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe. 

In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100 percent donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime. 

In the tradition of such best-selling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Thirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life - and a gritty tale that proves it’s never too late to make a change. 

The author will donate 100 percent of his net proceeds from Thirst to fund charity: water projects around the world.  

©2018 Scott Harrison (P)2018 Random House Audio

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The hope & encouragement I needed!

Last year, I found myself in a very dark place. I made the difficult decision to exit the social impact business I had founded, lived, and breathed for nearly 10 years. I have since been praying for a sign that God isn’t finished with my life yet & this book was exactly that. It could not have come at a better time. This book has truly changed my life. Thank you, Scott for sharing your story & the story of many others so perfectly! Can’t wait to go home & join the Spring!!

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Inspiring!

I listened to this book during every free minute I could, including sneaking outside next to my garbage can while my teenagers had 7 school friends over! “I loved it” wouldn’t be strong enough... I’m sad it’s over. Scott is a gifted leader and has blessed the lives of God’s children in such an immeasurable way... I’m so proud I joined The Spring last May and I only wish I had enough to attend the Charity Ball.. what an amazing experience. I’m looking forward with Hope and excitement for the future work of this great charity.

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I was thirsty and you gave me drink

I bet that over half of the reviews of this book will have the word "Inspiring" in the title. Rightfully so.

Thirst was my feeling when I so quickly fell into Scott's book - devoured is what I did over the next 24-hours. It's so easy to connect to Scott, his kinetic energy abounds, as he steers you through the incredible personal tales that drive him to change the world. A reminder that the cost of your 2nd glass of wine can save a person's life with fresh water, and that using your energy to help others will change your life in profound ways.

I've read a ton of books about spirituality, and while this isn't a categorically "spiritual book," it was one of the most spiritual books I've come across - one that connects us to lifting the world up together and helping others. Like a lotus flower, "Thirst" unravels virtue after virtue as Scott learns them along the unpaved road of his life. Weaving the message of Christ into the story and creating separation between the true message of adoration from the religiosity that makes many, I included, put up our guards.

I'm amidst a career switch from startup tech sales to nonprofit fundraising and this book squashed my fear of feeling stuck in a bureaucratic slow-moving organization and reminded me that I can still be a scrappy go-getter with the dream to help as many people as I can and achieve it. Thanks Scott! Thanks Vik! Thanks, Charity: Water!

I loved this book, you will too.

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Life ALTERING

I first heard Scott Harrison on Rachel Hollis' Rise podcast. I knew I had to get this book immediately. The fact that Scott did not just tell the story of Charity Water but the story of his life, which really IS the story of Charity Water made the book real and living for me. Our lives are all so multi-faceted and the life Scott lived for 10 years before he founded this charity illustrates so effectively that God can use what the locusts devoured for good. I will give to Charity Water for as long as it exists because of this book. It is the next book my youngest teens are about to read.

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Must Read!

If you purchase any book today let it be this one. You will not regret it.

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wonderfully read, interesting, passionate, motivational, incredible, touching, kind and a must read. definitely recommend for everyone

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A wonderful and amazing never ending journey!

I truly enjoyed every minute of this book. The highs and the lows. The unexpected twists and turns. All of it is a rewarding experience to be a part of.

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Most inspiring books I’ve ever read

There is something about this book that is pure magic. I laughed and cried while listening to not jus Scott’s story, but the stories of people on the other side of the world that have been impacted by the actions described in this book. I have told everyone in my life about Thirst and must admit, it’s inspired a bit of a thirst within me. Thank you for igniting something within me that had been forgotten through your words and stories.

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Great job, great book. Very empowering

This is a great listen for anyone. I listened to it in two days! Coming out of it feeling very empowered.

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An inspirational transformative tale of Hope

Beautifully crafted, this tale inspires, educates and thrills from start to finish. I laughed, I cried and, in the end, felt deeply satisfied.

Then the author gives us something to take it to a next level. The experience is unforgettable.