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You Can't Do EVERYthing ... So Do SOMEthing: Small Ways to Change the World [Kindle Edition]

Shane Stanford
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The real need for our world is not that we do EVERYONE'S part; just that we do OUR part. And with all of us working together, we will transform the world.

Shane Stanford says: “On my office wall is a picture of a small child who lives in a remote village in sub-Saharan Africa. She is an orphan, having lost most of her family to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Each day, the little girl eats only half of her meager lunch. She takes the other half and puts it into her travel sack, so that she can take the leftovers to her dying aunt. The world might look at this child and assess that her little life has little to offer. But don’t tell the child’s aunt. Without this child’s sacrifice and maturity, her aunt would have no food and would die. In spite of this child not being able to do much for her dying aunt, she does something, every day. The real need for our world is not that we do every part; it’s that we just do our part. And working together to do that something God calls us to do--all of us working together--we will transform this world.”

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About the Author

Shane Stanford is the senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and the author of several books, including The Cure for the Chronic Life, which he coauthored with Deanna Favre, and You Can’t Do Everything . . . So Do Something (both from Abingdon Press).

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  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426705905
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (July 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really two books, not one.... September 8, 2011
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I couldn't help but think while reading that Pastor Stanford has written two books here.

One is the book you would expect from the title and the Amazon description--wonderful descriptions of REAL people engaged in truly making a difference. The stories are beyond inspiring - the African nurse taking in 20 nieces and nephews orphaned by AIDS; the housekeeper who sends 6 children off to top-rate schools then leaves $400,000 her church and community, etc. I enjoyed reading the details on the Gates Foundation and Warren Buffet's contributions, the legacy of Ryan White's ordeal, the tragic history that plagued the family who chose so generously to gift their land to the Lighthouse ministry... I was entertained by the amusing (but sadly familiar) tale of the Pro- and Anti-painters and astounded by the $50 billion dollar Zimbabwean bread.

I found the second "book" equally well-written but on a completely different topic. Those parts of the book NOT focused on case stories of people willing to Do SOMEthing, read more like an in-church tutorial for growing Christian churches and congregations. While sermon like (and unabashedly Christian, which some readers may want to know before purchasing), it is still incredibly well written.

Pastor Stanford is clearly a very gifted writer with the ability to both involve and inspire the reader. But this book still wasn't quite what I expected. I wish that he'd chosen to separate his two themes. I think the result would have been two outstanding books instead of one book that that seems written for two different audiences.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your pupose: do your part! September 7, 2011
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I love the part in this book where the author says that you may feel expendable in your church. In today's mega church we may feel that if we don't pray for our pastor, someone will. If we don't volunteer for nursery, someone will. If we don't lead a bible study someone will.

It's hard to feel as if you matter. But this book is your marching order. You are someone and it's time for you to march. Stanford uses just the right blend of personal experience and testimonies to push the reader forward.

This is the amazing testimony of an HIV Pastor who is doing something when healthy people refuse.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good December 27, 2012
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This book has some good reminders aboiut priorities and centering oneself; helpful anecdotes to illustrate points. Gets a bit redundant...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! March 11, 2012
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This a wonderful book that I would recommend for anyone interested in a new devotional for your prayer life. Very easy read and interesting.
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More About the Author

Shane Stanford is a teacher, speaker and author committed to connecting people in significant relationships with
Christ and each other. Shane is committed to helping people make life matter.

He is the Senior Pastor of Christ UMC in Memphis, TN-- a congregation committed to sharing God's love, truth and grace through Biblical teaching, small groups and serving.

He is also the co-host of "We Believe in Memphis", a 30 minute interview, TV program at the crossroads of faith and everyday issues.

Shane travels extensively sharing his journey as an HIV+ Hemophiliac and Christian minister. Shane recently
spoke, at the invitation of Rick and Kay Warren, at the Global AIDS Summit for Saddleback Community Church
in California..

Shane is also the author of 13 books including When God Disappears (Regal), A Positive Life (Zondervan), and The CURE for the Chronic Life (co-authored with Deanna Favre), and The Five Stones (with Brad Martin) (Abingdon Press).

Shane is represented by the MacGregor Literary Agency and by Command Performance Speaker's Bureau.

However, if you ask Shane, he will tell you the most important job in his life is being a husband and father. Shane is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford, an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.

They are the parents of three daughters, Sarai Grace, Juli Anna and Emma Leigh


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