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Monday, August 20, 2012

Insignificant - Chris Travis

Why you matter in the surprising way God is changing the word.  This book tells the story of how the author left the church he was teaching in to work for two years as a teacher in one of the most dangerous schools New York City.  The author states "The real story is about significance, so this book is for everybody."
Everyone wants to matter, whether you are teaching in a school in Harlem,  working in an office, or raising children at home,  what you do everyday may seem insignificant,  but the small things really do matter.
  I was encouraged to know that this book has more substance than simply Chicken Soup for the Inner City Teacher's Soul.  The author was a former atheist who found God's love through reading Scripture.
The situation forced him to rely on God like never before.
This book tells of his ups and downs, stories of his interactions with students and other teachers, some gritty, some very personal, but all tell of others searching, and sometimes finding a ray of hope.  A lot of people would not choose to work in this type of environment, but Chris felt that he should work here first before doing any other type of ministry.
With chapters such as, What Does He want from us, This is Personal,  What Only God can do, and Welcome Forever, he describes his struggle to use his gifts for God's kingdom. 
This thought may sum up the book. He states
 "There is one thing we can do with our lives that is so significant, everything else is insignificant. That is to love God with all your heart."
The About the Author section is Chapter one, which is unusual, but does give background to the story.
There are also discussion questions for each chapter, and an index for references.
Whether you have gone through a struggle such as Chris's, have yet to, this book will bring significance to your life by showing how dependence on God can get you through.
The author blogs at christravis.wordpress.com and the church website is everyday.cc.com.
I have been provided this book at no cost from Bethany House Publishers.  www.bethanyhouse.com

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