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Get Money Do Good: A True Story How-To
J.D. Vermaas, author
Get Money Do Good Twelve Children. Four Countries. Two Capitalists. One Story. Disruptors, entrepreneurs, and unconventional do-gooders, Drs. Jodi and Garry Vermaas are not the people you would expect to parent twelve children. From the child-trafficking slums of Manila to the barren corners of China to the baggage compartment of a long-distance train to Mumbai, each of their children has a tale to tell—if only they could find the words. Follow Dr. Jodi Vermaas and her husband, CEO and multi-millionaire Dr. Garry Vermaas, on a ten-year journey across the globe to discover what really matters. After living the American success story, they traded in all of their belongings to embrace a life of true purpose. But their race to adopt a dozen children wasn’t won easily. Governments opposed them. Children vanished. Persecutors campaigned against them. And how could they have anticipated encounters with the Taliban, deadly snakes, and—worst of all—alarmingly misbehaving kids? Face-to-face with fierce opposition, wild success, and unthinkable heartbreak, author Dr. Jodi Vermaas takes you on a life-altering journey that challenges everything you know about altruism. Written from the perspectives of herself and her husband, their first-born son with autism, and their eldest daughter from the Philippines, this action-packed memoir shows you one family’s attempt to change the world one messy story at a time. Get Money, Do Good is the inspirational true story of one family’s epic story of hope, resilience, and love. If you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone and strive for more, this fast-paced and heart-rending book promises to push you beyond your borders.
--Amy Joy, MPA and author of Human Trafficking 101

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!

--James O’Toole, Best-selling author of The Enlightened Capitalists

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.

--Julia Wilson, Christian Bookaholic

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.

--Robert D. Lupton, PhD, veteran urban activist and author of the revolutionary

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.

--Tom A Dutta, #1 International Best-Selling Author, BestCEO KRE-AT®

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.