Chop Wood Carry Water

  • by Joshua Medcalf
  • Narrated by Joshua Medcalf
  • 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

It helped me slow down

Loved it! Great read, easy listen. If you want to really own your craft, listen.
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- Cynthia Levy

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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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2017
  • Publisher: Joshua Medcalf