Walk in their shoes by Jim Ziolkowski

Hi everyone, this last week’s review is a tome that struck a chord with me. Inspirational, powerful, and insightful’ are just a few of the words that come into my mind when I think about this read. If this is enough to move you to read more, then please go ahead and press the button below to find out more…

cover image photograph of man crouching and holding hands with small african girl in blue. background of African children behind him. red letters above read Walk in their shoes.
An inspiring memoir

Title: Walk in their shoes: Can one person change the world?

Authors: Jim Ziolkowski with James S. Hirsch

Genre: Non Fiction – Humanitarian assistance

Publication details: Simon & Schuster; NY, 2013

ISBN: 9781451683554  (Hardcover)

What this book is about: Twenty-one years ago, Jim Ziolkowski gave up a fast-track career in corporate finance to dedicate his life to ‘buildOn’, an organization that turns inner-city teens into community leaders at home and abroad. He set out to show not that he could change the world, but how each one of us can, through the power of service to others. Today, buildOn students have contributed more than 1.2 million hours of service, from Detroit and the South Bronx to Haiti, Mali, and Nepal, while building more than 550 schools worldwide. Together, they are breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations in their own lives and transforming their communities. An international chronicle of faith and the boundless potential of the human spirit, Walk in their shoes tells the story of Jim’s movement and the thousands of young people who have decided to step forward, step up, and make a difference. 

My review: A fascinating read about the power to change people’s lives!! Reading this moved me at every step and I couldn’t believe what I was reading at times. The power of literacy and the way it empowers those poor communities to thrive was so heartwarming!! Jim’s inclusion of his own life into this read made us as readers connect a bit deeper with this amazing young man and his family. An amazing and inspirational read!!

My rating: 4 ⭐

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