Goodwill Tour

Paying It Forward

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
140 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2014
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Author Biography

Keith Maginn was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of four kids. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as an Evans Scholar. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Keith relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for AmeriCorps (a service organization like the Peace Corps, but within the United States) and for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.

Keith recently moved back to Cincinnati after living nearly ten years in Tennessee. He likes to be around family and friends and has eight nieces and nephews that he adores. He loves playing and watching many sports and also enjoys live music, writing, meditation, yoga and reading.

In December 2012, Keith self-published an inspiring self-help memoir, Turning This Thing Around. Maginn's second book, Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward, is about a philanthropic experiment on the road. Released in January of 2013, the author hopes it will be his second book of many more to come. He feels writing is his life's purpose and that he has a message to share that will help others.

A few things about the author:
1. My favorite books are Tao Te Ching, On the Road, Into the Wild, The Alchemist and The Motorcycle Diaries. My favorite authors are Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Paulo Coelho.
2. Driving around the country in a small RV or Airstream trailer for a few months tops my bucket list.
3. My biggest pet peeves are arrogance and inconsiderateness.
4. The Dalai Lama is the person that I would most like to meet.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

Getting a crazy idea to do something completely out of the box, Keith Maginn and his friend, Emily, plan a road trip through the southern United States. Their memoirs from the planning, the trip and feedback from the results are chronicled in Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward, written by Keith Maginn. Emily, having done an excellent job at promoting Keith’s book, seemed like a wonderful person to help organize and carry out a trip that just kind of fell into place. As they toured the southeastern states, they talked about the people they encountered and the things that they experienced as they enjoyed an unforgettable fifteen-day trip. Along the way, they gave money to people who seemed to be deserving and would be likely candidates for paying it forward and continuing a chain reaction. Finally, Keith records the responses and feedback from those who had received the money and how it multiplied itself in ways far beyond what they had planned.

Though the interesting things that Keith and Emily enjoyed on the way made for a good story, the highlights to Goodwill Tour: Paying it Forward are the reactions and the feedback that they received. What they discovered and what Keith Maginn records is that people are always eager to help out their fellow man if given the opportunity. Encouraging, inspiring and at times entertaining, Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward will not only leave you with a smile on your face, but a warm feeling in your heart and the desire to want to follow the example set by these two crazy people.