Provoking. Motivating. Influencing. Galvanizing. I felt like I was using the adjective “inspire” too often, so I opened up my handy-dandy thesaurus. Which is a figure of speech. I googled one. Above are the four words I felt best fit my impressions of Erin and Ben Napier’s Make Something Good Today. This book, like Capital Gaines, is nonfiction and a memoir, and similarly, it made me think about my life choices. The Napiers and the Gaineses have both chased their dreams. They’ve made new dreams. While reading both books, I felt encouraged to move forward on some of my own.
Make something good today. It’s a simple phrase - a simple idea, really. But it’s more than that for the Napiers; it’s a lifestyle. Make Something Good Today goes through their lives both apart and together. Those of you who watch their HGTV show Home Town can attest to their easygoing charm, but Make Something Good Today gives you a deeper look into their pasts and what makes them the way they are. It’s both thought-provoking and heartbreaking.
I started this book by reading it, but I eventually decided to use an Audible credit to buy the audiobook version. I’m so glad I did. There’s something incredibly personal and intimate listening to someone’s life story in their own voices. As I sat and listened to their story, I felt like they were sharing with me personally. It made the experience all the more powerful.
The Napiers fill their book with stories of faith and overcoming trials. I didn’t expect the faith part, even though somewhere in the recesses of my mind I was able to pull the memory that Ben had been a youth pastor. As a firm Christian myself, I must say that their testimonies were some of my favorite parts of the book. They don’t just tell their readers what they believe; they explain the why. They tell stories of what led them to where they are.
Their stories aren’t all faith-related. Many of them relate the progress of their business and show. As someone who has watched and loved their show, it was fascinating to see what led them to where they are today.
Intertwined with tales of their past and hope for their future is a call to their readers: make something good today. Focus on the good. Positivity matters. You can make a difference in the world, even if it’s just your world. This book moved me more than any I’ve read in a long while. If you’re struggling with where you are in your life right now, I recommend this book.