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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 1, 2005)
  • ASIN: B003BGCI32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on March 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I received much more than I expected from Too Small to Ignore: Why Children's Are the Next Big Thing, written by Dr. Wess Stafford, in collaboration with Dean Merrill. As president and CEO of Compassion International, Dr. Stafford knows firsthand how important the children of the world are, being raised in a missionary family stationed in a West African village.

First, I learned why our investments should be in the children of this world. How we can, as Dr. Stafford puts it, "change the world - one child at a time." Second, I was educated in what we really need to understand about poverty, in order to make a difference in it. Third, I received a good cry-well, actually I cried uncontrollably--when Dr. Stafford shared the horrific experience he had at a boarding school at the hands of wayward missionary teachers. I cried for all the children in this world who have had their own awful stories or experiences that are yet unspoken. Fourth, I saw how God can use children instead of adults at times and about the "ripple of influence." Lastly, I was touched that Wess Stafford asked that all royalties from the sale of the book go to Compassion International to minister to impoverished children around the world.

This man, Dr. Wess Stafford, is a children's champion and we can be, too. We need to wake up and take a hold of tomorrow through the world's children. This is the tomorrow that our own children will live in. We can do this. - Debra Murphy, Christian Book Previews.com
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on November 1, 2005
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As president and CEO of Compassion International, a Christian child sponsorship agency, Dr. Wess Stafford is naturally passionate about children. But in his book TOO SMALL TO IGNORE: Why Children Are the Next Big Thing, Stafford goes beyond heartfelt excitement to build a compelling case as to why investing heavily in children will not only transform the face of Christianity but also our world.

It's well known that the majority of people who embrace Christianity do so while still young. In fact, two-thirds of people who give their lives to Christ make a personal faith commitment before the age of 18. Yet children are literally dying around the world as a result of the effects of poverty. Sickness, disease and starvation are stripping the world of one of its greatest resources. Stafford notes that every major movement in world history --- from the Nazis to the Communists to the Taliban --- has strategically mobilized children. If such a force can be used for darkness, it can also be used for good. Yet Christianity has not done an outstanding job of investing in and raising up younger followers of Jesus.

That's why Stafford argues that it's time for the church and believers around the world to wake up and begin investing their time and resources into the lives of children. He champions four sets of freedoms that every child deserves: a freedom from drivenness, materialism, competition and fear. He argues that these are some of the most precious gifts that we can give to the next generation in order to equip them to reach their full potential.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Houghtaling on October 25, 2005
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I read this book to increase my knowledge of how to help those who are poor - especially poor children. While this book met this goal, I was amazed to see how useful these same lessons are to my relatively affluent family and to the children that I see everyday. This book will change your vision of children - almost as radical as looking through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars. Children can seem so small when you look at them the wrong way; Wess Stafford shows us how to turn our binoculars around so we can see how large they really are.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Weigold on November 18, 2005
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If your heart is weak it will be strengthened. If your heart is strong it will be broken. Reading this book could change your life if you let it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Johnson on November 5, 2005
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I finished "Too Small to Ignore" yesterday and found it to be one of the very best books of it's kind I have ever read. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow were brought forth by the touching story of Wess' life. So many of the child enhancing ideas he puts forth can be used with your own children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends. It really makes you want to be a champion for children. They are the NOW generation. It will change our life (and hopefully the lives of many children.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on October 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wess Stafford's new book, "Too Small To Ignore" is described as a "manifesto" on the back cover, and that it is. It is a wake-up call for the whole world to realize that children matter.

But the book is more that that-it is an amazing story of Wess's life, from the worst pain, to becoming an advocate for children everywhere. Read it-your life, and the world, may never be the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Musgrove on January 1, 2006
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I had heard an interview with Wess Stafford on the radio, and so when I saw that he had written a book, I thought that I would give the book chance enough to read the reveiws. Skimming over the cover, I saw, in very fine print, that all proceeds were going to Compassion Intl. That's when I opened up the cover and began pouring over every word right there at the book store.

Mr. Stafford colorfully walks us through his adventures on the Ivory Coast. His writing is engaging and just descriptive enough to turn on your imagination. Nothing is overdone in this book. He pulls the reader into his childhood as a story teller weaves an audiences attention.

There are intermissions from his personal story telling that teach the reader how to be a better parent, and lover of children in general. Without pointing his finger and condemning, he urges the reader to find worth in children and shows us how to apply this in everyday ways within your own life.

Five stars! I wish that we all could feel the way that Mr. Stafford does in regards to children, and this book will open up your heart to want to try. The writer reminds us that Christ told us that we must first have the faith of children before we can enter the kingdom of heaven. He reminds us just how important that children are.
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