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Travel on Purpose
2023 Book Club
What is the Travel on Purpose Book Club?
Join us on a trip around the world through books! Through fiction and non-fiction, visit different regions of the world, learning about people and culture. And we won't stop there! Because this is a book club of purpose, each book is paired with a local organization that is making an impact in that area. Your participation will help fund a special project in 2023. Enjoy author chats, local meet-ups, food sampling, and quarterly gift boxes delivered right to your door!
What is the Cost?
As we begin our third year of the Travel on Purpose Book Club, we're scaling up to make an impact in the world. In the same way we plan our trips for purpose, the Book Club will also be an opportunity to learn and grow personally as well as an opportunity to come alongside a local organization of change-makers.
Your Book Club fees will go directly to funding a special project! 100% of your fees to the Book Club will be gifted to the non-profit we learn about. Curious about the organizations that have been selected? Scroll down to find out which four non-profits have been paired with our four books.
Choose Your Payment Option
Option 1: $160 for the whole year ($20 savings) - SOLD OUT
What if you can't participate in every Zoom Meeting or Local Meet-up?
That's okay! Join when you can and still enjoy great books,
quarterly gift boxes, and make an impact for good!
Zoom meetings will be scheduled on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Local meet-ups will be scheduled on weeknight evenings.
If there isn't a local meet-up in your area, we'll help you create one!
Option 2: $45 per Quarter
Don't want to pay for the whole year? That's okay!
Pay by quarter and just participate in the books that interest you.
What are the Books for 2023?
Book 1: January, February, March
The Girl with the Louding Voice
The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams. Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself – and help other girls like her do the same. Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show) even as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams…and maybe even change the world.
Do-Good Connection: Tirzah International
The Girl with the Louding Voice reveals the plight of many girls throughout the developing world. From childhood marriage to forced prostitution to a lack of access to education, many girls and women worldwide dream of dignified opportunities to step into their potential and thrive. Tirzah International works in 35 countries around the world providing microenterprise opportunities and leadership development for women.
The Travel on Purpose Book Club will make a donation toward microenterprise opportunities for women in the Francophone region of Africa. Hear directly from global leaders how these opportunities are changing lives.
Book 2: April, May, June
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain. Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten.
Do-Good Connection: Hope for San Diego
The Beekeeper of Aleppo takes us on the arduous journey of a refugee, fleeing home in search of safety. Today there are more than 100 million displaced people in the world as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. Hope for San Diego is a faith-based non-profit providing services, supplies and friendship to people who often arrive with nothing.
The Travel on Purpose Book Club will partner with Hope for San Diego to help fund a special project related to refugees or immigrants.
Book 3: July, August, September
Manifesto for a Moral Revolution
In 2021 The Travel on Purpose Book Club read The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz, and it has remained one of our favorites! Now Jacqueline has a new book...
Drawing on inspiring stories from change-makers around the world and on memories of her own most difficult experiences, Jacqueline divulges the most common leadership mistakes and the mindsets needed to rise above them. The culmination of 30 years of work developing sustainable solutions for the problems of the poor, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution offers the perspectives necessary for all those - whether ascending the corporate ladder or bringing solar light to rural villages - who seek to leave this world better off than they found it.
Do-good Connection: Acumen
The Travel on Purpose Book Club will partner with Acumen to fund a special project related to community development and sustainable poverty alleviation.
Book 4: October, November, December
Garden of the Lost and Abandoned
A beautifully written, thought-provoking look at an extraordinary person. Gladys is a journalist in Kampala, Uganda, who writes a column for the local paper identifying children who are lost or abandoned, in the hope that someone will claim them and either bring them back home or give them a new home. At least 5,000 children live on the streets of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Some forget the names of their villages. The youngest may not know the names of their parents. But Gladys Kalibbala—part journalist, part detective, part Good Samaritan—does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to aid a child. Author Jessica Yu delivers an acutely observed story of this hardnosed and warmhearted woman, the children she helps, and the twists of fate they experience together. Garden of the Lost and Abandoned chronicles one woman’s altruism, both ordinary and extraordinary, in a way that is impossible to forget, and impossible not to take to heart.
Do-good Connection: The Kibaale Community Centre, Uganda
The Travel on Purpose Book Club will learn about the vibrant community of Kibaale where children are lovingly and holistically cared for. We will fund needs at the medical clinic including treatment for malaria.
Join us in 2023 to learn, connect
and make an impact for good!