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Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment ... Can Last Forever Hardcover – December 22, 2011

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I distinctly remember the first 'minute' when I met Wess Stafford and was encouraged by the heart of Christ in him. For this reason, I can't imagine a better person to write on the subject of maximizing our minutes to show the love of the Father in heaven to children all around us in the world.
-David Platt, Senior Pastor, The Church at Brooks Hills, Author of Radical 

Over the years that Wess Stafford and I have become good friends and ministry partners, one thing has become crystal clear: Wess' unbridled devotion to children, especially those in deep poverty, knows no boundaries. That's why Just A Minute is so pivotal. It will remind you who it was that launched your life-and who deserves your thanks. And more importantly, it issues an impassioned plea to make "Just A Minute differences" in the lives of the children all around you. I know of no better man to proclaim that today. . . right now is your moment to change a life forever.
-Michael W. Smith, Singer/songwriter

My dear friend, whom I lovingly call "Uncle Wess" has written a treasure of a book called Just A Minute. Full of incredibly moving stories, Wess' writing inspires us all to realize that every interaction with a child has the power to change his or her destiny. Wess' integrity, compassion, and love for Jesus has had a profound impact on my life. One cannot encounter him in person or in writing and not be changed. Prepare to be encouraged and moved!
-Rebecca St. James, Singer, writer, and actress

Knowing how "in tune" Wess is with children, it doesn't surprise me that Just A Minute came straight from his heart and his experience. Wess has always been a champion for children and in Just A Minute he makes us champions as well. Whether it is a special encounter or a lifelong commitment to child development, Just A Minute helps us all shape kids who will create healthier families, communities, and countries-not to mention finding their own special place in the world.
-Dr. Gary Chapman, Author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages

Jesus called children 'my little ones,' and gave a stern warning to anyone who would cause a child to stumble. This book is a challenge for every follower of Jesus to take notice of the little ones in our midst, and to show them we love them because He first loved us.
-Bob Lepine, Co-Host, FamilyLife Today

Every kid needs at least one person who is crazy about them. As an internationally recognized child advocate, Wess Stafford has given his life to helping children all over the world break free from poverty, in Jesus' name. In this fascinating read, Just A Minute, Stafford takes us on an incredible journey into the divine appointments and life-giving opportunities that God gives us every day. Enter its pages and you'll be forever changed!
-Dr. Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

About the Author

WESS STAFFORD From the poor of Africa's Ivory Coast to President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion International, Dr. Wesley K. Stafford - Wess - has maintained one simple belief: God's children are priceless resources. To that end, Wess leads Compassion's efforts to break the cycle of poverty for children everywhere. Wess joined the staff of Compassion International in 1977 and has worked with the ministry, both overseas and at headquarters, for 34 years. He has served as president since 1993. Wess lives on a small ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Donna, of 32 years who was a Compassion sponsor even before she met Wess! They have two daughters, Jenny and Katie - the two children in the world for whom Wess is the greatest advocate of all.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802404723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802404725
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr Conrade Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a book of inspiring stories about how a minute can change the life of a person forever. It stems from the author's basic conviction about the value of every child.

"I have become convinced that if God stands a child before you, for even just a minute, it is a divine appointment." (14)

It is one thing to see a child as an ordinary child. When seeing from God's perspective, every child is extraordinary. As the President of Compassion International organization, Stafford travels far and wide all over the world, to reach out to ordinary people, especially children. Bringing together many touching stories of hope, faith, and love, he strings together the stories to highlight the importance of one minute that can change a child's life forever. He tells of how children are physically rescued, and allowed that moment to change them and to rescue others as well. He talks about inculcating self-worth in children, so that they can develop a healthy self-esteem, especially in a world that puts children down. He mentions powerful stories of successful individuals like Colin Powell, Tony Dungy, Zig Ziglar, Abraham Lincoln, and many others to show us how these people have been formed from a very young age. Encourage them and assist them when young, and they will become big influences to help others next time.

Stafford brings together not only personal stories, but from the individual testimonies from biographies, sharing, and popular books in the market. What distinguishes Stafford's collection of stories is that it helps us trace the beginning of a successful person back to the very beginning state of a child. There are many valuable lessons on integrity, ethics, generosity, gratitude, and good moral upbringing. In fact, anyone can inspire a child.
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Good book. Really makes you think.

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Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment ... Can Last Forever

Life can change in an instant. Some folks say that while waiting for the other shoe to drop, or in response to unforeseen circumstances. But this book challenges readers to be intentional about creating those moments, where you can with a word, touch or deed, change someone else's life for the better.
In this inspiring book, Compassion International President and CEO Wess Stafford strings together poignant stories like beads. Perhaps the most beautiful and heart-wrenching of the tales he tells is his own--sufferings that might have made another man bitter have made Stafford compassionate, yet a warrior for justice, especially when it comes to children.

He asks the searching question: "Who believed in you before you believed in yourself?" Remembering moments when someone encouraged us or believed in us, Stafford writes, should inspire us to do the same for someone else--especially a child.
There are no chance encounters, Stafford writes, noting that "if God stands a child before you, for even just a minute, it is a divine appointment." A small word or deed of encouragement to a child might change the trajectory of their life, he argues, telling "key childhood moments" stories of famous people from John Wesley to Albert Einstein. He also shares some beautiful moments where he found himself at a "divine appointment." (He shares one of the best stories from the book in a YouTube video -here's the link, as it is definitely worth "just a minute" of your time:[...]
Stafford's message is simple: it only takes a moment to show love and compassion to a child, and that moment might be a significant one--perhaps changing a child's destiny. He encourages readers to look for opportunities to change a life in "just a minute" of their time.
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Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International, has spent most of his adult life developing ways that would encourage people to understand their impact on children. He believes that just one minute in the life of a child can affect that child for a lifetime. This is true whether the minute gives a positive message or a negative one. Unfortunately, adults are often unaware of how great either message can be.

Stafford immediately engages his readers by asking: So who was it? What did they say to you? What did they do? Who believed in you before you believed in yourself? We are forced to stop reading and are carried back in time to one of our own "divine appointments." It may be uncomfortable, reliving a critical word or a harsh rebuke that we experienced as a child. Or it may be a heartwarming memory of a grandmother who was always there with a smile and a word of encouragement no matter how much trouble you were in.

Today, there seems to be a greater awareness of children's needs than there was 30 or 40 years ago when "children should be seen and not heard" was the norm. Yet the focus is mostly on physical needs: clothes, shelter, hot lunches and freedom from abuse. Stafford draws more attention to the emotional and spiritual needs that are often neglected. He also includes examples of how negative comments can wound a child's spirit and cause serious problems later in life.

Everyone needs affirmation in order to have a healthy self-image and a relatively positive outlook on life. JUST A MINUTE is full of wonderful short stories about lives that were given a gentle nudge in the right direction by an adult who cared enough to share a few kind words of encouragement.
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