Friday, August 24, 2012

Go and Do by Jay Milbrandt

Read first chapter here
With an MBA and a law degree from Pepperdine University, Jay Milbrandt had the world at his feet. But rather than following his peers into big firms with high profile clients and even higher salaries, Jay has chosen a completely different road—a journey that has led him across large portions of the globe to “go and do likewise,” as Jesus modeled and instructed in His life on this earth. In his efforts to bring justice and healing to people all around the world, Jay’s pursuit of justice has become an adventure far greater than he could have ever dreamed or imagined.

As Christians, we are called to take a step of faith for Christ, to change ourselves, and perhaps by doing that, to change those we encounter along the way. Go and Do is an invitation for all of us to join in the adventure of God’s story arc. It is an opportunity to understand why so many are finding such satisfaction and joy in reaching out to others. It is a chance to climb on board and discover exactly what role each of us can play in actively engaging this world as we, too, “go and do.”

Go and Do is an engaging book that challenged me and left me daring to do more for God's kingdom. Jay Milbrandt's energy and passion clearly speaks from his book, and he writes in an exciting and dynamic way that kept me turning the pages as if Go and Do was a novel. Go and Do is written clearly, concisely, and pulls in scriptures and biblical examples throughout its pages. This book was convicting to me because, as a college student, I have been struggling to know what I want to do with my life, how I can make an impact in others' lives. I do not want to simply live and plod through a job. I want to be a bright shining star that lives to bring glory to God and brings others into His kingdom. One of my favorite quotes from Go and Do was "Nothing is as dangerous as encountering the true and living God. Why? Because meeting God redefines everything we call normal and commands us to seek first his kingdom."

While I agreed with many of Jay Milbrandt's convictions and revelations, there were times where I felt like he was putting too much emphasis on what we can do as humans instead of focusing on the complete power and sovereignty of God and the power that He gives us to step out in faith and bring people into His Kingdom. While Mr. Milbrandt does refer to this, such as in the quote above, many of his points seem all about what we can do in seemingly our own strength.

Overall though, I really enjoyed Go and Do. It was convicting, engaging, and pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and follow the call God has given me. The author's points were true and convicting, and I believe this book could really have an impact on creating a worldwide call to GO and DO!

I received this eBook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Dear Renn,

    Thank you for reviewing Go and Do. I really appreciate you taking the time!

    I agree with you. There could probably be a second book written about the awesome things that God does when we surrender to his control. One of the challenges of writing a book is trying to decide which themes to pull and what audience is going to resonate with the book. We decided to focus the book largely toward those who were struggling practically with "How do I do this?" I think there are often several human element steps--particularly for those who are seeking--before we can fully sense and appreciate God's hand at work.

    I love your spirit and it would be great to hear what you end up doing throughout your college experience! No doubt you'll be a bright shining star!

    Thank you again!

    Jay Milbrandt

    1. Thank you.
      I really enjoyed reading Go and Do.
      That makes a lot of sense. I can see that it would certainly be hard to decide which theme to go with. I appreciated the practicality of your book and how people can begin to go and do after reading it.
      Thank you very much! It is definitely my prayer that I would be a bold witness at school and then beyond.

      Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my review. Your answer was very enlightening to me.