Thirst
An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water. At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models--repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, "What would the exact opposite of my life look like?" Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe.In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100% donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime.In the tradition of such bestselling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Thirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life--and a gritty tale that proves it's never too late to make a change.100% of the author's net proceeds from Thirst will go to fund charity: water projects around the world.

Thirst Details

TitleThirst
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherCurrency
ISBN-139781524762841
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Biography Memoir, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Christian

Thirst Review

  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I have really wrestled with my feelings about this book and how to deal with my issues. I considered just leaving some stars and be done with it. I don't think that is fair to any of the parties involved, not to the writer, the publisher or those who will consider purchasing the book. Thus, I will break it down to good and bad. I have returned 15 hours later to remove stars from this conversation so we can focus on essential matters. We are not children waiting to see if the teacher put a star o I have really wrestled with my feelings about this book and how to deal with my issues. I considered just leaving some stars and be done with it. I don't think that is fair to any of the parties involved, not to the writer, the publisher or those who will consider purchasing the book. Thus, I will break it down to good and bad. I have returned 15 hours later to remove stars from this conversation so we can focus on essential matters. We are not children waiting to see if the teacher put a star on our coloring.First let me establish my own credentials. I graduated from Florida State University with a Business Degree in Non-Profit Management, it was the first class in the Business School for Undergraduate work in the country at that time in 1986. Due to the low salaries, interest was insufficient for the college to continue offering this program (so I was 1 in 3). I have work experience with 3 different non-profits and volunteered my time with several more. I earned a full ride to all four years of college based on my academic achievements. Likewise, I was in the top 2% of my High School class. Few people know this about me, I am not one to brag, I am explaining my background as being no stranger to the business world. My career has always involved managing people, programs, marketing, communications and finances. Thus I had certain expectations when reading this book.First the good, Scott Harrison is the ultimate pitch man. He believes he can change the world and is convinced no matter what your background, age or income, you can help. He states that all funds collected for charity:water (is how it was displayed in the Advanced Reading Copy); is supported 100% by donation only, to dig wells and they have dug many across the African Continent and changed many lives for the better. He does mention that there is a separate fund for contributions to offset rent, office supplies, salaries, mailing invitations, processing credit cards, and other necessities (high end parties targeting the wealthy for donations), - not that other charities don't do the same thing). He went from being a marketing/promoter for Night Clubs and rubbing elbows from movie stars, and dating top models to the bringing in the big boys to spend their cash on high prized booze while they gazed on the celebrities. He was using various drugs daily seemed to have everything. Then he hit his bottom and left that world to join Mercy Ships, which old ships converted into traveling hospitals that do surgery all over the African continent. After being there for nearly two years, handling their promotions and marketing, he realized that he wanted to go to the source of the many health problems he saw. Scott believed by providing wells for better health among the various African nations where war and other issues resulted in little governmental infrastructure to provide their peoples with healthy water. Many times, he witnessed adults and children drink water that was dark brown or green because the river or pond they had access to was not safe. It is an amazing story. I commend Scott for his dedication, his inspiration and his creativity.Now the less appealing appraisal, it is hard to give a rating/review/appraisal on someone's life, since the format is autobiographical. Reading this book for me was like watching hours of late night local infomercials. I felt like I was reading 336 pages of a pep rally. The minutia that is explored made my brain numb. This book could be more influential if it was cut by at least 100 pages. Additionally, I read some names of people and know their affiliations and I was deeply disturbed that this Christian man was working with this caliber of person and in one instance, he played it off as if it was no big deal. As a Christian (which is what Scott claims to be, the scripture is clear that we don't affiliate with people, who are not in agreement with the scriptures). I am not saying don't go to lunch with someone because they have different beliefs, I am talking about being in a working relationship. This may not concern most readers but I deeply disturbs me. The fact he played it off, demonstrates that he knows better as well. Since this is not the final copy, I am not permitted to quote anything. I suspect if the book isn't finalized, my mention of this may prompt the removal of that story.**I went to the website and I wasn't impressed, now, I didn't get far because I didn't want to provide my full name and email and permit cookies to be used! I am not looking at porn or some get rich quick scheme, I want to see what you do in the field. THIS IS A BIG RED FLAG FOR ME! As far as I am concerned, I don't want to be stalked by you just because I went to your website to see if it is as fantastic as you claim, thanks but how do I know you won't sell my information then I spend 15 minutes a day for months sending all your other charity buddies my data so they can ask for money as well.** Furthermore, I read Mountains Beyond Mountains and I don't think it is a fair comparison. Yes, both are selfless and yes, their work is discussed but in Mountains Beyond Mountains, there wasn't a plea for money at least not in every paragraph! I think it might have come at the end but if there was it was subtle such as if you want to help, here is the address type solicitation.I wouldn't be surprised to see this "story" made into a documentary and being shown at movie theaters in large communities with high, middle class income brackets (and many opportunities for donations). It is probably in the works at this moment. I would consider going but only after others commented on it's content because frankly, I wouldn't buy a theater ticket to watch 90 minutes of what I just read.Most of the reader's didn't write a review currently (19 wrote nothing and 2 people left very brief and fluffy comments). Those 19 people didn't want to say what I will. The synopsis of this book is all you really need to know. If you buy the book so that you make a donation, more power to you at least they won't stick browser cookies into your book!Thank you to Goodreads, Currency publishers and author Scott Harrison an opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion.Edited September 2, 2018 for clarity.
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  • Samuel Wood
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy from Crown via my graduate program. Scott's story is tremendous and amazing. While reading it, there were times where I felt a presence come over me, as if something unseen resonated with what I was reading. Please buy this book when it's released in October.
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  • Cindy Luis
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very personal story by Scott Harrison of his journey from a confused, rebellious young boy whose mother had a strange illness and whose parents became zealous in their faith to a selfish, partying young man to the founder of a wonderful charity hoping to make a real difference in this world! The book is easy to read and will touch your heart and soul. Scott doesn't hide the truth of his life as a drinking, drug-using night club promoter. Instead he tells us how he used the skills and c This is a very personal story by Scott Harrison of his journey from a confused, rebellious young boy whose mother had a strange illness and whose parents became zealous in their faith to a selfish, partying young man to the founder of a wonderful charity hoping to make a real difference in this world! The book is easy to read and will touch your heart and soul. Scott doesn't hide the truth of his life as a drinking, drug-using night club promoter. Instead he tells us how he used the skills and connections made during that time of his life to launch charity: water and to use new and different approaches to attract loyal, long-time donors. I personally love this charity and I enjoyed this book. I first donated because of a campaign discussed in the book. It was an inspiring but bittersweet campaign launched by a sweet little girl who shared the same birthday as me. Scott handles the chapter about this campaign perfectly. It is open, honest and touching and definitely brought a tear to my eye. There are a few other moments like this in the book where the reader is exposed to the tragedy and the plight of those who do not have clean water and the beauty of being able to provide people with such a basic human need, WATER. Scott doesn't shy away from the truth or any of the problems and issues encountered along the way. This story is an open, honest account of all that it has taken to establish this charity, make the 100% model for donations work and to grow this non-profity with hard work, dedication and love. I whole-heartedly recommend reading Thirst whether you are a donor, want to be a donor or just love a good story about making a real difference in this world. And, of course, 100% of the profits from sale of Thirst go to fund water projects! Go ahead, read this book. Buy a few copies for family and friends. Donate or join those of us who are part of The Spring and donate regulary. Be a part of the "mission to bring clean water to the world."
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  • Jeff Lochhead
    January 1, 1970
    If you only read one book this year, this should be it!! It is not very often that I slow down reading a book, because I didn’t want it to end. Harrison’s story challenges one to look beyond their comforts and step into the incredibly transforming lifestyle of living by faith. In his case, changing the lives of thousands around the world by providing clean water to areas of the world that are without.
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  • Nani Birrell
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I even begin? I had to break up my review in 2 parts. Part 1. Scott’s Writing: I’m a self-published author and a female construction worker living in Las Vegas. My start time is 6 a.m. at the Resorts World tower. I found myself getting to work earlier and earlier to read “Thirst”. If I missed the man lift to my work area on the 5th floor I practically ran up the 5 stories worth of stairs to give myself more time to read. I could not stomach the 10-minute wait time for its return. I didn Where do I even begin? I had to break up my review in 2 parts. Part 1. Scott’s Writing: I’m a self-published author and a female construction worker living in Las Vegas. My start time is 6 a.m. at the Resorts World tower. I found myself getting to work earlier and earlier to read “Thirst”. If I missed the man lift to my work area on the 5th floor I practically ran up the 5 stories worth of stairs to give myself more time to read. I could not stomach the 10-minute wait time for its return. I didn’t eat much on my 30-minute lunch breaks. When I finally finished the book, I had to take several days to digest it all. Scott Harrison did a beautiful job of choosing which accounts to use in his complex story to connect me to his experiences. It’s not easy to do. His written accounts of key moments weren’t forced but felt effortless to tell his story. His writing is engaging—it provoked feelings of awe, broke my heart and gave me joy overall. Part 2: ContentI have experienced poverty—I was born into it. Poverty can be used as a benchmark for lack of clean water. The fact that one man’s passion to bring life giving clean water to millions may have raised that bench mark is nothing short of a miracle! Scott and his team broke through cultural differences, language barriers, geography, war, corruption, bureaucracy and “TIF” (This Is Africa) aka “Africa Time” to deliver clean water. I could see scriptures come alive in Scott Harrison’s story. The following scripture resonated with me, most. Right before Jesus was crucified He was speaking to his inner circle of Disciples’. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father. God will use believers and non-believers for his good purpose, but I have to say that I would rather be the believer. Scott Harrison, thank you! May God continue to guide you and give you favor among men! God bless you and your family and all those by your side.
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  • Lindsay Hickman
    January 1, 1970
    I very rarely give five stars to any book, but this one checked all the right boxes for me. If you are not familiar with charity:water and Scott Harrison’s story he spends about the first third of the book giving a great history. One learns about his childhood, his family, life events that shaped him and how he ended up being a nightclub promoter in New York. I thought this section was fascinating because I’ve heard Harrison speak before, but never in such detail. The next part of the book is ho I very rarely give five stars to any book, but this one checked all the right boxes for me. If you are not familiar with charity:water and Scott Harrison’s story he spends about the first third of the book giving a great history. One learns about his childhood, his family, life events that shaped him and how he ended up being a nightclub promoter in New York. I thought this section was fascinating because I’ve heard Harrison speak before, but never in such detail. The next part of the book is how he stumbled into founding one of the most unique charities in the world. I specifically enjoyed learning about his time with Mercy Ships and how that really shaped his life. (I won’t give anything away but this might be my favorite part of the book. The details, descriptions and places he goes are wonderfully described, and the stories pull on your heart strings.) Finally the last third of the book is the story of charity:water from the very beginning. What I loved most about this book was Scott’s ability to weave a bunch of different stories together to tell his own story: family problems, questioning beliefs, the rebellion, the success in New York, questioning his future, giving a year to charity, creating a charity, finding his wife, speaking of his kids’ births, and the failures and successes of the charity itself. While this is definitely not a religious charity or book, but it is hard to not think that Scott has had Someone’s help from above, or just amazingly good timed luck-from childhood through the current time. Great read-specifically because he talks about his doubts, failures and shortcomings. Scott is open, raw and completely human-something that is hard to find in a memoir or autobiography. I for one completely believe that Scott and charity:water could end the water crisis in my lifetime.
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  • Hadrien
    January 1, 1970
    Thirst is a feel good, inspiring read. Scott Harrison is a fantastic story teller who exemplifies how one person can inspire countless others to get behind something they believe in and take action. Scott's stories paint a clear picture of what life in water deprived parts of Africa is like and make you feel connected to the people there.This book is not a technical read and did not go into much detail on the causes behind the water crisis such as politics, climate change, or the long-term susta Thirst is a feel good, inspiring read. Scott Harrison is a fantastic story teller who exemplifies how one person can inspire countless others to get behind something they believe in and take action. Scott's stories paint a clear picture of what life in water deprived parts of Africa is like and make you feel connected to the people there.This book is not a technical read and did not go into much detail on the causes behind the water crisis such as politics, climate change, or the long-term sustainability of acquifiers as a water source. Each of those subjects deserve their own books, so it's probably a good thing Scott didn't try to cram everything which relates to the water crisis in this 300 page book but I certainly do hope he will write other books on the subject because his first one was such a joy to read.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    Was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of Thirst, which is truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I came in knowing a lot about Charity Water, as I’m a monthly donor and have had a profound respect for the work they do ever since hearing Scott Harrison on Bill Simmons’ podcast a few years ago.This book not only taught me more about Charity Water and the impact my contributions have made, but challenged me about the idea of charity and the audacity of hope. Most surprising to me was ho Was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of Thirst, which is truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I came in knowing a lot about Charity Water, as I’m a monthly donor and have had a profound respect for the work they do ever since hearing Scott Harrison on Bill Simmons’ podcast a few years ago.This book not only taught me more about Charity Water and the impact my contributions have made, but challenged me about the idea of charity and the audacity of hope. Most surprising to me was how much I enjoyed learning about Scott and his wife Vik, whose relationship I felt significant parallels with the relationship I have with my fiancé. I could not recommend this book highly enough. I also feel compelled to mention that pre-orders of this book before 10/4 can unlock $30 in clean water by sending your receipt to [email protected]
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  • Trevor Marks
    January 1, 1970
    There isn't a stronger or more personal connection between humans then the art of storytelling. Great stories are full of hope. Great stories define who we are. And great stories empower the audience. The book Thirst and Scott's story will leave you inspired, appreciative and motivated to not only tell your story but to make part of your story about giving to people in need so one day those people can tell their story too. Visionaries like Scott change the world and it's because of people like S There isn't a stronger or more personal connection between humans then the art of storytelling. Great stories are full of hope. Great stories define who we are. And great stories empower the audience. The book Thirst and Scott's story will leave you inspired, appreciative and motivated to not only tell your story but to make part of your story about giving to people in need so one day those people can tell their story too. Visionaries like Scott change the world and it's because of people like Scott that in our lifetime everyone in the world will have access to clean drinking water. - Trevor Marks
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  • Alexander Rivas
    January 1, 1970
    First off I was not aware how much of Christianity played a vital role in the author's story. It is always good to read a story about someone who was walking a life that was of emptiness and unfulfillment then gets awoken and changes his trajectory. It seems to me that the skill sets he obtained as a nightlife promoter did not go to waste because they helped him get clean water to the people who struggle daily to get the minimum amount to survive. I amazed by authors journey and appreciate that First off I was not aware how much of Christianity played a vital role in the author's story. It is always good to read a story about someone who was walking a life that was of emptiness and unfulfillment then gets awoken and changes his trajectory. It seems to me that the skill sets he obtained as a nightlife promoter did not go to waste because they helped him get clean water to the people who struggle daily to get the minimum amount to survive. I amazed by authors journey and appreciate that he took the time to document it.
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  • Rachelle
    January 1, 1970
    Thirst... an inspiring journey one entrepreneur took on a mission to connect people with clean water. Although some chapters dragged on with details of parties and backstory, the book contained valuable yet heart wrenching information about the world's water crisis. Drilling wells to hit fresh water, campaigning for a charity that spends 100% of money received on the company's mission, and finding new resources of revenue and staff are among the challenges encountered by Scott.
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  • Maura
    January 1, 1970
    Fast read. Kept me engaged the whole way through. The author is an over-the-top kind of personality so everything he does he does beyond reason, but that's a part of why the book was compelling. He also turned his life around from "over the top decadence and self-indulgence" to an over-the-top drive to bring clean water to humanity all over the world. I was a contributor to charity: water before the book but I'm even more secure in my belief that this organization is doing it right.
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  • Jesse Hale
    January 1, 1970
    My work is water. Water is simple to me and it shows up in 20 gpm or 1200 gpm without hesitation. To watch Scott go from his life of selfishness to a life of bringing life to others at 0.3 gpm is humbling and awe inspiring. I would be lying if I said I didnt break down countless times while reading this book. I put it down...only to eat and drink water. My heart fills with joy at his work and is crushed by those that still need something as "mundane" as clean water.
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  • Andrew Hurley
    January 1, 1970
    *I was given an advance copy of this book from the publisher*I first heard Scott's story on a podcast he did with Bill Simmons a few years ago. I was immediately drawn to Scott's mission and purpose. Scott's change of heart was literally miraculous.This book is well written, engaging, and provides additional stories for the reader even if they are familiar with Scott's tale.It's an inspiring must read!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I was touched by Scott Harrison’s story. The beginning was so surprising to me, and I kept thinking to myself: “How is this guy going to end up founding a charity for clean water?” Let’s just say that I was amazed how the story got there. So inspirational, and this book is full of hope. What an experience.
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  • Peggii
    January 1, 1970
    I relate to the comment from another reader: who am I to rate someone's life "his biography"? Scott is a story teller and definitely did an amazing job describing his own journey to self discovery and purpose. His drive and ability to inspire others is put to good use. I trust this book will move many people.
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  • Brenda Koinis
    January 1, 1970
    Truth really is more compelling than fiction. Scott Harrison's book gives his readers two stories in one as it describes how his life changed dramatically and how he is--with the help of thousands of contributors--changing the lives of millions across the globe. Masterfully woven into an inspiring tale, this book is a winner. You'll want to read from start to finish without a break.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a long time since something could inspire me personally, professionally, spiritually, and emotionally all at once. This is a remarkable story that I cannot wait to share with everyone I know. I just finished an advance copy and encourage everyone to buy it when it comes out in October.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book! I am already gifting it to others. It is inspiring in the way that 1. he is literally a prodigal son story and 2. that anyone can be a part of something big if they choose to be. Life-changing. I've got big plans and dreams after reading this book.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This book is truly inspiring, I’d Learned about Scott Harrison a few years previously on the Rich Roll podcast and already donate to the spring every month, but I enjoyed learning more of his backstory, childhood, and the struggles that charity water faced.
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  • Brynn
    January 1, 1970
    Thirst is an incredible book!!! The stories that Scott Harrison shares within these pages are so captivating, inspiring, and eye opening. If you’re looking for a good book, you’ve found it! Thirst is a must read!
  • Dean
    January 1, 1970
    Very inspiring!
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    This was an awesome book and such a great reminder that God can redeem anyone no matter our sins. Thank you Scott for being so real and encouraging us to get out and do something to help others.
  • Kathy V.
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED IT!! Inspirational. empowering, redemptive and honest. An authentic voice. Required reading for all of us living on this earth together.
  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely one of the most inspirational stories I’ve ever read. Every chapter got me choked up.
  • Alisa
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this book! Transformation is real. Your life doesn't have to mirror Scott's life to want to make a change and to know that each person can make a difference.
  • Ben Fraley
    January 1, 1970
    Just a great readThe ups and downs of the beginnings of a charity that impacts millions, bringing water and life to those who need it desperately.
  • Ali Nasser Almuallem
    January 1, 1970
    مع لغته البسيطة وتصرفات الكاتب التي تبدو أحيانا عجولة وبلا حُسبان للعواقب، نجح سكوت هاريسون في إثارة الكثير من الفوضى بداخلي
  • Dawn Engler
    January 1, 1970
    Great story about the path that led to the creation of charity:waterLove the raw exposure and humility of the author.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic, highly recommend.
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