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Tomorrow: Go and Do Book Release Event at Pepperdine

Go and Do was released last week and, on day 1, we sold out Amazon!  Thank you to all who purchased it!  It should also be on the shelves at Barnes & Noble this week.

As with all books, you have a launch party–and tomorrow is the launch event at Pepperdine.  If you’re in the area, you are more than welcome to join us on Tuesday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. in the School of Law Appellate Courtroom.  (If you’re in Minnesota, stay tuned for some events we are planning in May.)

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This is not just to launch a book, it’s also a celebration of 5 years of the Global Justice Program at Pepperdine Law!  We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time, so we will recognize those who piloted original programs in Uganda, Thailand, and beyond, as well as commission those leaving in the next few weeks.

Oh, and did I mention we will be serving Howdy’s — good finals break!!

Hope to see you there!

Here’s the official invitation:

Go and Do: Celebrating Five years of Global Justice at Pepperdine

Please join us to celebrate the global efforts of Pepperdine’s students and the release of Jay Milbrandt’s new book, Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time. 12:30pm in the Appellate Courtroom- Howdy’s for the first 50 people!

Several former and current students will share their experiences seeking justice around the world. We’ll also recognize those who have participated in past years and who will serve this summer. Jay will share some reflections from Go and Do, which features the work of Pepperdine’s Global Justice Program.  Learn more about the book at http://JayMilbrandt.com/GoAndDo.  The book is currently back ordered on Amazon, but copies will be available for purchase at the event. Jay will sign copies at 1:30pm.


Applying “Go and Do” Locally

In the month that my book, Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time has been available, I’ve received some inquiries into what this looks like if you cannot travel to Africa and other far-flung places.  Admittedly, many of my stories are international as I’ve developed global emphasis in my area and I have been fortunate to be in a phase in life where I can travel.

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Without a doubt, we all go through different phases in life where the application of the ideas in “Go and Do” look very different.  Its certainly different for my friends who just graduated from college without debt and moved to Asia than it is for my friends who are starting to raise a family.  It also looks different for my friends whose kids are in high school or our of the house–the kids can travel or the parents can spend months abroad.

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Book Release Events in Minnesota Next Week

Lisa and I are heading back to Minnesota and South Dakota this week for events related to the release of Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time.


On Monday morning, I will be speaking in chapel at Bethel University in St. Paul (my alma mater).  In the afternoon, I am speaking at a program at Bethel geared toward philosophy majors on the top of “Justice, Law, and Philosophy.”

On Tuesday, we are hosting a book release event at the Historic Dayton House in Worthington, MN, from 7-9 p.m.  Anyone is welcome.

If you are in Minnesota, it would be great to see you!


The Rise of Private Diplomacy: Pierre Prosper and the Extrication of Iranian Prisoners

In Go and Do: Daring to Change the World, I wrote about the rise of private diplomacy.  I argue that governments and multinationals are becoming less effective–too ensnared in politics and trading favors.  What I see happening is the rise of “citizen ambassadors”–private individuals who feel empowered to work in complex global disputes, even at the highest levels.

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Pepperdine alumnus Ambassador Pierre Prosper is on the front line of this movement.  In a recent article in California Lawyer, Ambassador Prosper says “As a private citizen, I have latitude diplomats do not.”

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Go and Do on sale THIS WEEK!

My new book Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time goes on sale this week!

As many of you know from my previous posts, I have been writing a book for two-and-a-half years and it is finally available this week!  Go and Do will hit shelves this Thursday–ahead of original projections.


Go and Do is a message that I needed several years ago.  I remember a series of moments during law school where I wondered what the purpose of it all was–what did I want?  I couldn’t find the answer until dared myself to join a more important adventure: Discovering what it means to respond to a hurting world.

I knew I wasn’t the only one feeling the same way.  As a student at Pepperdine, I knew dozens of my peers searching for the same answers.  They felt alienated from the heroic–the heroic ideals that drew them to a profession like law in the first place.  But, it wasn’t just law–I saw it in our undergraduate students and a growing groundswell beyond, especially in my generation.

When I started direct the Global Justice Program, I saw students light up when they imagined themselves breaking down the doors of brothels or rescuing children from prison in Africa or serving in refugee camps.  What did was all share about this experience?  I wanted to find out–I wanted to express the “why” behind this.

But, there was much more once I started to dig.  It was one thing to answer: “Why I am drawn alleviate suffering in the world?”  But it was whole other thing to actually get there.  Go and Do is in part, the “why,” but more important, the “how” and “what.”  How do I get out of my routine?  How do I pull the trigger to go somewhere or do something that scares me?  How do I tell my friends and family?  And then: What do I do once I’m there?  What if I don’t accomplish anything?  What if I have nothing to offer?

These were the questions I asked.  And I wish I had this book to answer them.  I wrote Go and Do because I know I’m not the only one who had these questions.  I wrote the book I needed to read.

If you’re asking these questions too–even sense the hint of them–I hope this might be the book for you.  Or maybe you know someone else who needs this message.  I’d be honored if you ordered it–especially now as the book rolls out to market–but, more importantly, I hope it resonates with you.  I hope it dares you to do something.


Pre-Order the Book Now

Go and Do will be available on April 19—pre-order the book now from these online stores or a bookstore near you.


Announcing my upcoming book: “Go and Do”

I am thrilled to share that I have a new book coming out this spring: Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time will be published in May by Tyndale House Publishers.  Inspired by all we’ve learned through the Global Justice Program, Go and Do has been a 2 1/2 year journey that is finally coming to fruition.


Go and Do is a dare.  It’s a dare to go out into the world, witness the raw edges of humanity and respond to what you see.  We stand on the edge of a great mutual exchange where our desire for purpose matches someone else’s need for survival.  Maybe this book will find you in the same place this message found me a few years ago–wondering what I was doing here and what my purpose was.  Or maybe you’ve taken this leap of faith and you know someone who needs a change in their life as well.  I hope you’ll join me in this journey.


Learn more about the book on the Go and Do website.


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Pre-Order the Book Now

Go and Do will be available on May 1—pre-order the book now from these online stores or a bookstore near you.


From the Back of the Book:

“What am I doing here?”

Ever find yourself asking that question?  Of course you do – we all do.

Well have I got a challenge for you – one that might just change your life!

I dare you to go out into the world, witness the raw edges of humanity and then do something about what you see.

I dare you to “go and do.”

As Christians, every day we are called to take a step of faith for Christ, to change our world and in doing so, to change ourselves.

Go and Do is an invitation to join in the adventure of God’s story and understand the part we are each meant to play. As we step out on this journey, we discover an incredible truth: Our need for purpose matches someone else’s need for survival.  And there is nothing more fulfilling than that.

I dare you to join us.

–Jay Milbrandt


How You Can Help:

  1. Naturally, I would be deeply honored if anyone I know orders the book.  It’s already available for pre-order.  True to the theme of the book, I will be giving away personal proceeds (if any!) from the book to various global justice projects featured in the stories I share.  We are currently making some strategic plans for this, which you’ll hear more about these in the upcoming months.
  2. I would love to have your help in spreading the word.  Go and Do is a great message for our time–a message that I believe desperately needs to be shared–and word-of-mouth is the best tool.
  3. Check back often for updates.  I will writing regularly as we approach the release of the book.  I’ll be organizing various events related to its release, so stay tuned!  And, if you have suggestions, I am willing to be available anytime, anywhere to promote it.
  4. Follow along on the blog over the next two weeks as I travel back to the Thai-Burma border with students from Pepperdine.  You’ll get a flavor for what “go and do” truly means.

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