Walk In Their Shoes

Can One Person Change the World?

The best selling story of thousands of people stepping
up to make a difference.

A Walk in Their Shoes book cover

Walk in Their Shoes is a powerful, inside look at the buildOn movement. It’s the inspiring personal story of Jim Ziolkowski’s mission to change the world one community at a time by building schools in developing countries and empowering inner-city youth through service learning programs in the U.S.

As an international chronicle of faith and the boundless potential of the human spirit, Walk in Their Shoes tells the story of Jim’s movement and the young people who have decided to step forward, step up, and make a difference.

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As featured in Walk in Their Shoes, Jim Ziolkowksi tells the story of returning to Misomali Malawi, the site of buildOn’s first school in Africa – nearly twenty years later.

  • “Walk In Their Shoes tells his moving and unique story with heart, humility and even a touch of humor. Perhaps more importantly, Jim’s tenacity in the face of many hardships and doubts offers an illuminating example of the human capacity to transform faith into action.”

    Cheryl Strayed, “Wild”

  • “Walk in Their Shoes is an inspiring tribute to the power of compassion and education; the keys to leading a meaningful life.”

    The Dalai Lama

  • “Ziolkowski’s life and work give testimony that service is the hallway that leads to the ballroom of kinship and exquisite mutuality. This is a heartfelt and brave account of gulfs being bridged and offers the hope that the illusion that we are separate can be obliterated.”

    Gregory Boyle, “Tattoos on The Heart”

About the author

Jim Ziolkowski, buildOn’s founder and CEO

Jim Ziolkowski started the nonprofit organization buildOn to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. buildOn has become a movement that reaches American cities and developing nations throughout the world. All of Jim’s proceeds from Walk in Their Shoes will be donated to buildOn.

Read more about Jim’s journey to buildOn

4.8 Star Rating

“It is easy to say what we can’t do, but there are individuals all around the world who are showing that one person can indeed make a difference. Take Jim Ziolkowski. In his book WALK IN THEIR SHOES we are able to see how he was able to make amazing strides in the world around him just by making the decision to try.”

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