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Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor Paperback – December 23, 2011
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"This book will open your eyes to the people around you and the huge impact you can have on them through small acts of love." (Significant Living, May 2012)
"Small Things with Great Love will equip and inspire all who read it with the grace and knowledge that they can follow Jesus for real." (Sarah Scherschligt, The Presbyterian Outlook, April 2, 2012)
"Delivered with wit and humour, this remarkable book compels readers to become world changers through small things with great love, instead of just wishing they were." (Lailani Mendoza, Living Light News, March/April 2012)
"This book is perfect for a Bible study or just a group that would like to make the neighborhood they live in a little nicer. . . . The common sense of this book reminds us how important it is to reach out to others in our community and enrich not only their lives, but our own as well." (Connie Maier, CBA Retailers + Resources, January 2012)
"With unparalleled humor, honesty and grace Margot lays out the truth, that most of us care but are often too busy to know what to do. . . . She is absolutely spot on, the little things add up so very big. Packed with wisdom and insight from a brilliant writer, this book will not guilt you into action. Rather, you will come to find out that each day our lives add up to a million ways to make a difference. . . . As an activist and author who has tried desperately to forge this conversation I'm giddy to know that Margot has absolutely succeeded! I highly recommend this read to anyone who ever comes in contact with another human being. . . ." (Tracey Bianchi, pastor, activist and author of Green Mama)
"Dorothy Day said, 'Don't call me a saint; I don't want to be dismissed so easily.' Small Things with Great Love is an invitation to look Jesus head-on and ask what it means for your life if he really meant all that stuff he said―not just for saints, but for you. It's an important question. And you can be grateful that someone as funny and gracious as Margot Starbuck is asking it." (Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of The Wisdom of Stability and Common Prayer)
"Margot Starbuck is fun, creative and sassy. She reminds us to dream big and live small. And her words will dare you to connect your gifts to the brokenness of this world and do something beautiful for God. This book reminds us that God is preparing each of us for something really, really . . . small―and it's small things done with great love that move the world." (Shane Claiborne, author, activist and recovering sinner)
About the Author
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Margot is a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Theological Seminary. She served with Urban Promise ministry in Camden NJ before being ordained in the Presbyterian Church. She's served as a chaplain among folks living with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Margot and her 3 fabulous teens, by birth and adoption, live in Durham, NC, in a community built around their friends with disabilities. Learn more at www.MargotStarbuck.com.
Margot's first book, The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail, was awarded Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, 2011, from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her recent Not Who I Imagined was a finalist in the 2015 Selah Awards. Margot's other books include: Unsqueezed, Small Things With Great Love, Permission Granted, Overplayed and Not Who I Imagined. Margot is a regular contributor to Today's Christian Woman and the Confessions Editor at Geez Magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
Rather than making "do-gooding" something burdensome to add to the great to-do list of life, Starbuck presents loving our neighbors as a grand adventure. And she constructs the book that it is a choose-your-own adventure sort of read. Both of which make this a satisfying, inspiring, entertaining read.
At the end of every chapter you could choose your own adventure. Starbuck suggested different chapters based on various criteria. I appreciated that she broke down personality types and gave specific tips on how extroverts and introverts might choose to reach out and the strengths each "type" brings. Her acknowledgment of the challenges she and her husband have navigated was great too, especially her realization that she blamed him for holding her back..until she figured out that was a big excuse. This was funny and real.
"Small Things" is practical and inspiring, a great combination.
I have recommended this to all my friends.
If some Pharisees in Scripture were known for laying on heavy burdens without lifting a finger to help, Starbuck is just the opposite. Her whimsical, humorous viewpoint makes the work of reaching those on the margins less frightening. Perhaps unknowingly her style echoes that of Jesus when he said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and burden is light” (Mt. 11:28-30 ESV). I appreciate her gentle spirit, which does not burden readers but seeks to release them into a richer, fuller life.
She lightens the load by being transparent about her own struggles and showing through stories how readers can take baby steps. It is a wonderful primer for those who want to know God’s heart for the poor and move from an insular environment to one that is more open. It is far too easy to become separate from the ones that God loves. This book is a start to bridging that gap.
Along the way Starbuck addresses the many different places in which we find ourselves. One of my favorite chapters is “Introverts.” I found it liberating because it affirms the type of person that I am by temperament and points to ways of loving God and neighbor appropriate to it. It makes a point reiterated throughout the book.Read more ›
To see the full review go to www.doinglifebetter.org/2013/05/23/smallthings_greatlove
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great ideas, but the layout of the book seems a bit ADD, making it odd to read.Published 5 months ago by karen denison
The book is ok and the study guide at the end is helpful, but it was clearly geared to people in larger congregations and more urban communities than mine. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C.D.
An imaginative way of realizing how you are in Christ and the best ways to serve others. No reading from cover-to-cover, but skipping all around depending on how you answer those... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jenifer L. Irwin
This is a well written book with great ideas each of us can use to make a difference in our world. You're not required to make big sacrifices or completely change your life, just... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Donna G
Really straightforward advice. I bought it in order to work on a discipleship relationship. The format and the dialogue are very personal and practical.Published on July 15, 2013 by George Abraham
We are reading this with a book discussion group at our church. This book has sparked great conversations and activities.Published on May 20, 2013 by seenewme2
Enjoyed reading this and seeing how much we each need to reach out to others more in our own little patch of this green earth!Published on March 30, 2013 by Denise Sanders
This book is a resource and a study in bringing Jesus principles of living into your life without taking a mission trip. Highly recommendPublished on February 22, 2013 by Cynthia Hamilton
Fabulous author! Margot Starbuck writes in a way that is understandable, humorous, and very relatable. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer