Wine To Water by Doc Hendley with a Giveaway copy!!!

What does wine tasting and clean water in Sudan have in common?

Doc Hendley. 

Doc Hendley was born into a Christian family.  His father a Pastor, his mother a devout follower, and his siblings following in their footsteps.  Yet while Doc believed in God… he was more in his Harley, drinks with friends, and making a living bar-tending.  He preferred to lay low in life, Doc just wanted to do his own thing and be left to himself to do it.

Then one night after having a dream that left him with the words “wine to water” in his head… he spent some time on Google and was shocked at what he discovered:

  • One in every six people do not have access to clean water
  • In developing countries, women and children walk 4 or 5 hours to get water each day
  • Unclean water kills a child every twenty seconds

An idea was born.  With a little help from his friends, Doc organized the first Wine to Water charity event.  In a nightclub with a Deejay and many donated cases of wine, they opened up the event on Saturday February 4 , 2004 to more than 300 people attending.  They made over $6,000 dollars… and that was just the beginning…

Little did Doc know at the time that he would be traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan, in the name of clean water.

If you have spent any time frequenting this blog then you probably know a little bit about me.  My first trip to Honduras was in February 2004, the same month and year that Doc Hendley would be having a fundraiser called “Wine To Water”.    While what pulled at my heartstrings to bring me to Honduras was kids who lived in the streets, Doc was drawn to areas where the water was undrinkable and used as a weapon just as dangerous as a nuclear bomb. My heart for those in need… was what initially drew me to this book.

How can I describe this book?  Mostly I found it interesting.  I loved the descriptions of Sudan, and what Doc experiences, from my own time in a impoverish country, I could imagine quite well what is must have been like.  And it was also heart breaking.  When Doc describes going out to the one shack of a restaurant one day with one of his team members and each eating a whole chicken before they see the small boy inching towards their table, bone thin and half-starved with tears in his eyes… I had to sit the book down and compose myself.

Can you imagine never having enough to eat?  Never having experienced a restaurant?  Can you imagine seeing someone come to where you live in the world… with things you never have had – clean clothes and the means to eat when hungry?

This book really touched me.  Not only did it give me a closer look at a country that struggles to have clean water, but also a look at how we can make a difference.  I sit in a home as I am believing all of you do as well, where the water is clean and unlimited.  It’s easy to forget that is not the case for everyone… and I appreciate what Doc has written here to remind me that in whatever way I can…I need to make a difference either small or large, in some way in our world.   What a powerful calling to give families in need the life saving gift of water.

As of November 2011, I have traveled to Honduras 10 times, one a year since 2004 and a couple of years I went twice.  As surely as I am drawn to those children, I can understand Doc’s draw to clean water to save lives. 

Doc grew as a person from the beginning to the end of this book.  I did too as I read it.


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I have been offered one copy of this book to give away to one of my readers!  To enter this giveaway please let me know in a comment below a place you would like to go to make a difference/ or where you have gone to make a difference and what that difference would be .  It does not have to be out of the country, shoot… it doesn’t even have to be out of your town!  😀   I will choose a winner this coming Saturday and then forward their information on to the publisher.

Thank you to TLC for allowing me this opportunity to read and review this book

25 thoughts on “Wine To Water by Doc Hendley with a Giveaway copy!!!

  1. While there are so many places overseas that I would love to go to help out, I can’t help but think of the needs in my own community. In our local paper I recently read an article about an elementary school near my own home that has 98% of the student population receiving free lunches and of that percentage 85% of those kids rely on school for their only source of food. It really got me thinking during our recent Christmas break when schools here were closed for nearly 16 days. What did those families do then? Besides food drives and helping out our local food banks, there has to be so much more that I can do. There are so many things that we take for granted in life. Doc Hendley and so many others remind me of how truly blessed we are.

    1. Wow Sarah, those statistics are frightening. And you are right – there is much we can do in our own backyards… when you tell me what is going on I think Soup Kitchen, or adopting a family, a potluck banquet night to invite those in need to come and be a guest….

  2. many thanks for this lovely giveaway. I presently am involved with the elementary school literacy arena which is so important for children and their future.

  3. I work with an orphanage in Mannar in Sri Lanka. Mannar was one of the worst effected areas during the civil war in Sri Lanka and the children in this home are scarred as a result. Every child has lost a parent due to aerial bombing and many have lost siblings, extended family as well. There is no counselling available for these children and to get them to trust the world is a huge task. They have lost not just family but also their homes as well as there is nothing to go back to. Demining is taking place but it is naturally a very slow process. For me going to Mannar from Colombo (a journey of ten hours) is the best thing I personally can do – just to show the children that someone cares about them. My last visit was before Christmas with gifts for all.

  4. I work in Early Childhood, I know I make a positive difference in the lives of the children everyday. They are indeed the future.


  5. Sounds like a great book! As far as helping others…where do you start? Haiti-where kids are required to have shoes to go to school and many do not, Appalachia- where the poverty right here in America saddens me, and working with children who have been sexually abused. The lost innocence just breaks my heart,

  6. I just read an article about Matt Damon who supports clean water as one of his main philanthropic efforts. So many places in the world that need the basics, so sad.

  7. I loved reading your take on this one, especially with your experiences in Honduras added in. I am reviewing it next week, and I really was blown away by the book. I was mostly in awe of Doc as I was reading the book, the things he experienced and the willingness he had to go into these terrifying areas of Darfur amazed me!

  8. I am making a difference in the work I do with breast cancer advocacy…not the answer you were expecting or thinking of probably but there it is…if you are interested, here is the link to my story trulysimplypink it is to much to type here…I was diagnosed on NYE 1994 and since then I have been active in putting a stop to the insanity that is Breast cancer.

  9. First, this book has been on my list since I first saw it. I’m not sure about where I would go (I do plan to go SOMEWHERE to make a difference once Bebe Boy James is up and out). Maybe South America where my brother interned through college, maybe Africa. I try to do my best here at home in the meantime. I took an active role as a media spokesperson and in getting out the vote for Ohio’s minimum wage campaign. I also participated in the federal minimum wage campaign (I got to share a dais with Ted Kennedy and co-chair a workshop with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed – those were exciting and proud moments). Even now, I try to make a difference where I can. I serve on the board of the Center for Reducing Racial Health Disparities, volunteer at the kids’ church down the block on Saturdays, still do some speaking and volunteering at social justice events, and volunteer at my son’s school (not in his classroom, but in the 4th and 2nd grade classrooms) because having that extra hand helps the teachers work with children who may need that extra attention.

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