Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Brad Wirz - GoneReading.com - Guest Post

My thanks to Brad Wirz for stopping by Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways and sharing a guest post about his charitable endeavor, GoneReading.com.

Guest Post
"Radical Change through the Magic of Reading"
by Brad Wirz


I’m a guy who really loves to read. Books have always played a central role in my life, so much so that I simply cannot imagine a world without them. I’ve always got a book within arm’s reach.

In the spring of 2010, however, I found out just how lucky I’ve been to have books in my life. After arriving in rural Honduras for a week-long volunteer trip, I learned we would spend much of the time helping to build a library. The experience changed my life forever.

A few days of hard labor in the developing world can really get you thinking. We learned that the new library on which we worked would be the first of its kind for more than a hundred miles in any direction. Hundreds of villages, thousands of people in the area had no access to books at all. That simply blew my mind.

I later learned that close to one billion people live in the world today without books. Even if they learn to read during childhood, the skill is typically lost over time due to the lack of reading materials. As you can imagine, these are the poorest regions of the world.

Fortunately, when rural libraries are built in or near these villages, life changes for the better. I’ve seen it with my own eyes while traveling through India and Nepal earlier this year. People of all ages develop skills; they become confident and learn how to improve their own lives. They start saving-cooperatives and tiny businesses that thrive. Most important, they start to gain control over their lives and that of their children.

Following my trip to Honduras I quit my job, ending my 20-year, better-than-I-deserved career in corporate marketing. The result is
GoneReading.com and our effort to use the power of commerce to fund radical change through the magic of reading.

As a book lover yourself, you too have the opportunity to help create such libraries, and in turn create cycles of prosperity in the poorest parts of the world. Simply check out our gifts for readers at
GoneReading.com and treat your friends and family to a bookish gift that they’ll cherish forever.

Thanks for your time, and thanks to Tribute Books for helping us spread the word!

About the Organization
GoneReading.com

Details:
GoneReading.com makes unique gifts for readers, book lovers and bibliophiles. Whether you’re in search of gifts for readers in your life, or simply shopping for yourself, you’ll love what GoneReading.com has to offer!

If you dream of escaping with nothing but a stack of great reads, GoneReading.com is for you! Our gifts for readers empower you to proclaim your love of reading to the world!

Our parent company, Gone Reading International LLC, donates all year-end profits to fund reading libraries and other literacy projects in the developing world. Learn more here.

Need gift ideas for the book lovers or bibliophiles in your life? Visit our online store now!

Quotes on Reading
ongoing compilation project

As long as there have been books, there have been book lovers. History is filled with bibliophiles from all walks of life who loved to write about the simple joy of reading.

As book lovers ourselves, the team at GoneReading.com continually searches for great quotes from famous book lovers on the topic of reading. In fact, we frequently post such quotes for our Facebook Fans, each of whom have the opportunity to “vote” in our on-going, informal poll. The most recent poll results are listed below.

Enjoy, and feel free to share these quotes with the book lovers and bibliophiles in your life!

GoneReading.com’s Top 10 Quotes On Reading from Famous Book Lovers:

1. “I cannot live without Books”
– Thomas Jefferson

2. “I like big books (and I cannot lie)”
– GoneReading.com founder Brad Wirz

3. “If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.”
– Cicero

4. “A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

5. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
– Stephen King

6. “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
– Mark Twain

8. “Never judge a book by its movie.”
– J.W. Egan

9. “The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.”
– Anthony Trollope

10. “You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
– Confucius

Do you have a favorite quote that we need to know about? Please post it on our Facebook Page, or email it to us at quotes@gonereading.com!

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