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inSignificant: Why You Matter in the Surprising Way God Is Changing the World Paperback – August 1, 2012
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If you're looking for a life of meaning, take hope. God wants to use you in his surprising plan to change the world. Who would have guessed that Jesus would conquer evil not through force or victory, but through defeat? He makes the weak strong, the foolish wise, and the insignificant matter.
Author and pastor Chris Travis shares powerful, soul-stirring true stories--including his own gritty experiences teaching in one of the most dangerous public schools in New York--to cast a vision of how much we matter to God and his work in the world. True significance will cost you everything, but you will get more than you ever dreamed in return.
Includes end-of-chapter questions for personal study or small-group discussion.
"InSignificant is the story of a man who has been stretched by the extent of God's love for 'the least of these.' Whether you are in the middle of a similar journey, or preparing to take a step of faith, this book is for you."
--Dave Stone, Senior Pastor, Southeast Christian Church
"Through his experience as a teacher in a very rough school, Chris Travis has done a tremendous job of answering the question 'Do I matter?' to kids who have every reason to think that the answer is no. Sometimes we just need someone like Chris to remind us that God says yes!"
--Dr. Tim Harlow, Senior Pastor, Parkview Christian Church
"Chris Travis has written an incredibly honest book that speaks to issues all of us wrestle with but few have the courage to talk openly about. Let his words challenge you, encourage you, and provide you with a new framework to understand your significance in this life."
--Aaron Brockett, Lead Pastor, Traders Point Christian Church
"I someday hope to be an author. If that day comes, I'd love to be able to say I came close to matching Chris Travis's ability to take his readers on a journey. This story will not leave you untouched. Every teacher, pastor, communicator, and parent should read this book!"
--Bert Crabbe, Lead Pastor, True North Community Church
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Top Customer Reviews
The bar was simply set too high.
....and then came inSignificant.
Finally a book that I can wholeheartedly recommend. In this fairly small book - 150 or so pages - easy to read - humble tale of a pastor turned middle school teacher - Chris Travis offers an approach to life that is not only biblical, but relevant to the average person.
There so much to love about this book. I received it yesterday and couldn't put it down....but I am far from "done" with it. I plan on going back through it to soak up the lessons again. (and then pass it on - this book is too good to keep to myself)
And now for the review - Chris Travis taught math in the most dangerous middle school in the New York City School system for two years...and that is the main background of this book. Through this experience he learned how to navigate life focused on God.... and live a life that is truly Christ like - even if that means staying almost completely insignificant and irrelevant according to the world's standards. (and even if he really didn't WANT to some days, most days actually
Unlike many other Christian books, Chris Travis does not spend time helping you figure out how to find your life purpose - in fact, he addresses that and other commonly held "religious" notions in a really interesting way. His take on some of the parables is refreshingly real.Read more ›
I enjoyed reading this book. While some of the concepts were not earth shattering there were a lot of reminders for things that I too often forget. It was nice to stop and mull some of these points over (for instance; changing diapers and reminding kids about their manners will pay off and I am serving a higher power) and hopefully I won't forget those but keep them tucked into my memory. I recommend this book for anyone searching for significance in their life or someone who needs to be reminded that the small things do matter.
(I received a free copy of Insignificant from Bethany House and agreed to read and review the book online.)
Chris Travis shares his story about teaching for 2 years in the toughest school in the country. He was a successful pastor who made the decision to teach in the most dangerous school in New York. It was an challenging experience in which he doubted himself and questioned his abilities. Through this time, he discovered how the meaning in life is found in being insignificant.
I recently finished student teaching at a not so good school. It was not nearly as bad as the one described in the book, but the experience affected my desire to teach in public school. I totally understand Chris's perspective and found a renewed strength to do what God is leading me to do, even if it does not make sense.
Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Down to earth" and "easy going" are just 2 phrases that describe the writer's prose. At times, I even found myself wanting to cry with him as he unraveled an anecdote. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
i watched or read or used the item. You can look at my "star" review. I have nothing else to say about the product. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jo Ellen Morris
An unlikely story about a blond/blue straight very square ex-preacher who becomes deeply involved and real in an inner city school of every color but his. He fears for his life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lily Amanda Brown
Honestly, this is one of the most important books I've read in recent memory. But it's hard for me to quantify exactly what makes it so wonderful. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Elizabeth
I've never reviewed a book before but this one is worth it! Chris Travis speaks truth is a fresh and challenging way. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Linda C. Zaepfel