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Publisher's Summary

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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Self help coated in cultural appropriation

Never have I wanted to write a review so badly. Everthing about the writing is just bad. Its as if the author compiled a list of the "best" self help advice he could find and then was told that he had to put it into a narrative, so he picked up a grab bag of warrior cultures and a second bag of random activities, and ended up with "samurai archer" as the thing his protagonist would become. So the entire time we have this sensei spewing advice at this white paper cut out of of a guy, but its advice that is obviously barely contextualized, and under developed. Nevermind the fact that its all western ideas placed in a japanese context for no reason other than the fact that its "cool".

The advice is fine, the book is not.

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Worthwhile

This is not the most revolutionary book of all time. It didn't blow my mind and change my outlook on the world. But it provided some great reminders in simple stories that I can apply to my life. Some things were cringe and broad statements that were generalizations but there were also pieces of information that I found valuable. It was worth the 2.5 hours and one credit.

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Some good concepts, but...

This book has some good concepts, but some sentences will throw it right off (ie referring to Mother Theresa & how success is sexy in the same thought). Unfortunately, I think the author doesn't quite succeed in his attempt to merge ancient asian philosophy w modern generation references. (Although I might not be in the target audience age group, since I'm not in my 20s).
Lastly, the narrator's performance also contributed to a lower rating, as he struggles to pronounce, or just plain mispronounces, some words, & laughs at odd times.

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great book and easy listen

great book and easy listen to.. don't be someone else be yourself and become great by doing a the little things

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Easy to listen to and simple yet powerful.

excellent book that will bring lasting value to my life. I highly recommend it.

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Some good info

This book definitely provided some very inspiring and empowering info although it wasn’t quite a book That I would consider being well written.

There were some great things I picked up, and you possibly could to, so you will have to read it and make of it , what you want.

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Great book!

So many great lessons in this book. I want to purchase the actual book and use it as a daily devotional type book. At times , I had to pause to allow the lessons to sink into my soul. Definitely Recommend!

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Great book!

This book is amazing for any entrepreneur, business owner, or any achiever looking to reach more.

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From crass youthful dream to dream personified

I liked the reader. He made the storyline easy to know what was happening to the main character. I enjoyed how each of the steps of the character's transition from youth to man was transitional from self absorption to enjoyment of being in the now. I liked the story. it's also a simplified version of what several scholars and business development executive try to train their staff/individuals to learn.

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I wasn't sure what to expect

so I wasn't sure what to expect but found Myself enjoying the overall lessons. glad I took the time to listen

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  • Afueramor
  • 2019-04-09

Same old advice

So a quick caveat, I have been reading business and motivational books for over 20 years. What I’m finding is that a lot of the principles are the same in every book. But I also recognize that certain people will connect with certain speakers. So if you’re new to business books or want to get motivated on how to be great and you’ve never read any books on the subject, but then this book will be amazing for you. I thought that the story started out great but I felt like the false parable of this guy going to work with a samurai and then watching the NBA finals with him was a little cheesy so I’m glad I didn’t spend a lot of money on this audiobook and I’m going to wait for the paperback to be on special because for over $20 that’s just way too much for something you could read on a blog post.

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  • cole
  • 2019-08-08

Was hoping to see how to apply this in the real world

The whole time John was pursuing his goal of becoming a samurai archer. Talked about hard work and over coming adversity and the problems and issues that everyone has. My problem was everything he did was in a controlled environment. With teachers and other students working for the same thing. It barely touches on what could happen after he leaves. Talks about the outside influences and what to watch out for. Nothing on how to apply anything. Overall it was an ok listen. But I didn’t really get anything out of it. Probably wouldn’t recommend.

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  • Michael
  • 2017-04-12

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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  • Joe D
  • 2017-08-14

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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  • Michelle G.
  • 2019-06-13

Very inspiring!

This is a book about principles of good character. You won’t regret spending your time listening!

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  • Abcdefg12345678
  • 2019-02-03

Commit to the Process

Wonderful fable of a young man’s journey of falling in love with the process. Easy and powerful read for students and adults.

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  • DJACK
  • 2019-09-04

It's 2 hrs and I can't finish it

Might be good for a kid but is mind numbing for an adult. The author sounds like he is narrating someone else's book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-26

Amazing Book

I would recommend this book to any athlete, person recovering from injury, someone struggling to get by financially, any parent, or person looking to find themself. If you think you do not fit into one of these categories, I bet this book would still surprise you. Such an easy book to listen to and I am so glad my teammate recommended it to me. As a college athlete who is in recovery from injury, this book has helped with my drive to be great and understand how it will not happen overnight.

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  • michael montano
  • 2019-08-29

Lasting and impactful change

The book was easy to follow and the stories made it crystal clear on getting valuable takeaways.

I recommend this book for those who looking to be there best and not afraid of the grind to get there.

Clear path to not just making it but enjoying the journey on the way.

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  • JK Klein
  • 2019-07-18

A Lifetime of Wisdom

A simple story filled with a lifetime of wise words and valuable lessons. Perfect for teens and adults alike.

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