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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209963
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You Matter More Than You Realize


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

About the Author

Chris Travis is the bestselling author of Unnamed, and the pastor of Everyday Christian Church in Manhattan. Before that he taught math at the most dangerous middle-school in the New York City public school system. Chris is a former atheist who met Jesus in the pages of Scripture and never looked back. He lives with his wife in New York City and blogs at christravis.wordpress.com.

More About the Author

Chris Travis lives in New York City with his wife, Lindsay, where he works as a writer and the pastor of Everyday Christian Church (www.everydaycc.com).

You can read more from Chris Travis here: www.christravis.wordpress.com.

Customer Reviews

Thank you Chris Travis for writing this inspiring book!
Marilyn Burrows
This book will make you examine your own life and your own faith and realize that just maybe the little things are actually the big things...
P. Powell
God wants our love for him, and he wants us to share love with others.
Eva P. Scott

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Imagine Studios on August 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Like a lot of people, I was blown away by Crazy Love and other books and teachings by Francis Chan. In fact, his books sort of ruined me. As a book reviewer, publishers expect me to offer an honest review of the new releases they send me.....while I continued to do so - in the back of my mind- every book was compared to Crazy Love.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jessik on September 3, 2012
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Insignificant is a book about finding significance in the everyday things you do and how they work into God's plan for you. Chris Travis, the author of the book, is the pastor of Everyday Christian Church in Manhattan but before that he was a middle school teacher in the toughest school in NYC. He writes about his teaching experience and how it affected his walk in faith. I, for one, really appreciated his honesty. One of the big things in my faith is to be honest. If you're having a tough time, admit it. If you're having trouble believing, admit it. And Travis does. His honesty was very refreshing to me. He struggled in his years of teaching and he wrote very openly about it. He also wrote how he felt like he was truly doing God's work in that middle school classroom. Which I also found refreshing. That's not really a job title that you would associate with "doing God's work". In the book he explains how he truly felt that he was doing significant work for the Lord instead of just showing up for work each day and going through a lesson plan. He goes on to explain how you can change your mindset from "just doing your job" or "just getting through this day" into doing intentional, significant work for the God that created you.

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.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on August 20, 2012
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Insignificant struck a chord for me, and I imagine for many others who wonder why the daily grind matters, who wonder where meaning can be found. In the midst of incredible difficulty and personal soul searching Chris Travis writes with an honesty that is refreshing and humbling. Sometimes personal writing is indulgent or patronizing, this was neither and I cannot imagine a book more appropriate for the those who wonder if they matter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jdubs77 on August 20, 2012
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Not only is inSignificant a fun and entertaining read, but Chris Travis does an amazing job using his difficult professional experiences to show all of us the surprising ways God's kingdom is being restored. I greatly appreciate the personal and candid moments Chris allows his readers to see. After reading inSignificant I can't help but wonder what hidden passages and unexplored avenues God uses in my own life. inSignificant is worth the read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Kinney on August 15, 2012
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This is the most significant book I have read all year. Since I read an average of 2 books a week, that it significant.

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.
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