Get Money Do Good

A True Story How-To

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Pub Date 12 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 21 Dec 2020
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Twelve Children. Four Countries. Two Capitalists. One Story.

Debut author J.D. Vermaas confronts autism, human trafficking, capitalism, and conventional methods of "doing good" in this brutally honest adoption memoir. With the spirit of The Blindside and the “love does” heart of Bob Goth’s Dream Big, Get Money Do Good tells this family's epic journey to a dozen children. Having become successful in business beyond their wildest dreams, Drs. Garry and Jodi Vermaas embraced a deeply felt responsibility to do the most good possible. Having a son with autism spurred them to rescue 11 more children out of slavery and sexual exploitation. From Southern India, across China, and to the Philippines, they endured government opposition, financial ruin, broken bones, and children who-they were told-might never love them back. Face-to-face with fierce opposition, wild success, and unthinkable heartbreak, J.D. Vermaas takes you on a life-altering journey that challenges everything you know about altruism. Her action-packed memoir illustrates a life of relentless faith while opening your eyes to the possibility of changing the world one messy story at a time.

Twelve Children. Four Countries. Two Capitalists. One Story.

Debut author J.D. Vermaas confronts autism, human trafficking, capitalism, and conventional methods of "doing good" in this brutally honest...


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Advance Praise

“This delightful book is must reading for successful business people who wonder if they are "giving enough back" to the world. It contains a ton of inspiration (and oodles of love). I commend it and hope other wealthy men and women follow in the admirable footsteps of its author J.D. Vermaas and her husband.”
—James O’Toole, Best-selling author of The Enlightened Capitalists, Professor Emeritus at USC’s Marshall School of Business, founder of Neely Center for Ethical Leadership.

“Through moments of blood, sweat, and tears, Dr. J.D. Vermaas reveals the broken, global issue of lost and orphaned children. Brilliantly written memoirs through the eyes of one powerful woman on a mission to change the world--one messy story at a time.”
—Tom A Dutta, #1 International Best-Selling Author, BestCEO KRE-AT®

“It is a rare and wonderful experience to read a book that discloses the highly personal, highly candid inner family life of relentless change-makers seeking persistently to find their life’s purpose. This inspiring journey, colorfully and creatively written, touches the heart and quickens the imagination for ways normal, middle-class American families can change the world--one child at a time. Powerful.”
—Robert D. Lupton, PhD, veteran urban activist, Founder of Focused Community Strategies Urban Ministries, and author of the revolutionary Toxic Charity and Charity Detox

“J.D. Vermaas brings the beautifully messy world of adoption, missions, and real-world challenges to life. It is beautifully written—even more is the amazing legacy she has created by remaining faithful in her pursuit to help just one at a time, (and sometimes a few more). From the perspective of one who has experienced and worked with the "unadoptable," I fully resonate with the journey, pain, hope, and restoration that comes from the unconditional love of those who come alongside. Truly, a wonderful accomplishment and a beautiful story!”
—Amy Joy, MPA and author of Human Trafficking 101

Get Money Do Good is an inspiring read about an amazing family, alternating between the voices of four of its family members. There is honesty, heartache, and above all—love. Their home can be summed up as: 'You are loved. You are wanted. You are safe.' This was such an amazing, powerful, and inspirational read.”
—Julia Wilson, Christian Bookaholic

“This delightful book is must reading for successful business people who wonder if they are "giving enough back" to the world. It contains a ton of inspiration (and oodles of love). I commend it and...


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Get Money Do Good has something for everyone. It’s a backseat pass to the Vermaas’s worldwide whirlwind adventure as they build their family in an extreme, non-traditional way, with the intention of doing good in the world. In Get Money Do Good, Jodi and Garry begin their journey on the traditional road of donating to charitable organizations and working through the ‘normal’ philanthropic channels, only to find it doesn’t work well for accomplishing their goals. The ensuing ‘we’ll do it our own way’ path is an inspirational example of creating a family, while doing good. The memoir unfolds using alternating voices of both Jodi and Garry, their birth son and adoptive daughter. The varying voices give beautiful insight into the challenges and rewards of building a super-sized international adoptive family. Ms. Vermaas doesn’t gloss over the painful losses, difficulty of the lifestyle they’ve chosen, and the physical and medical challenges of most of the children, making the successes seem even sweeter. This unflinching openness brings credibility to the Vermaas’s interesting and inspirational journey. The backdrop of capitalism and the need to work hard for the money that’s necessary to attain the things we want to accomplish in life is inspirational for anyone who aspires to a monumental goal. The exposure of the dire needs of children around the world provides tough but necessary insight for every reader. How this book affected me: Inspirational narrative nonfiction is my favorite genre, so I was looking forward to reading Get Money Do Good. As a former foster mom, I could feel for the children coming from dire conditions who needed families. I particularly enjoyed hearing the adoptive daughter’s side of the story, but the various voices of the parents and birth-son gave a well-rounded perspective. It might seem impossible for two working parents to give twelve children the time and attention they need, but for children who need a loving home, it could be a Godsend, as this story conveys. Who would enjoy this book: Narrative nonfiction fans who enjoy inspirational adoption or family stories would enjoy this book. People searching for purpose in their own lives would be inspired by Get Money Do Good. This book covers business-minded ground, traditional and nontraditional parenting, global missionaries, non-profit organizations, and finding your unique path in life. Our Christian Book Reviews: The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books – adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. Our specialty is books on faith and new Christian book releases. We’re proud to be included in the Top 50 Christian Book Review Bloggers. Our publisher partners include New Growth Press, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and Revell and BakerBooks, divisions of Baker Publishing Group. I chose to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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