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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 ...
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. PDF includes end-of-chapter questions for personal study or small-group discussion.
1 About the Author 11
2 First Things Last 21
Power Is Powerless to Change the Heart
3 What Does He Want From Us? 35
We Never Would've Guessed What God Is After
4 This Is Personal 47
Love Is Something You Do
5 Insignificant 63
We Serve a Servant God
6 What Only God Can Do 79
Dependence Is the Path to Power
7 What Only You Can Do 97
Our Gifts Are Meant to Be Given
8 Whatever You Do 113
Any Moment Can Matter
9 Welcome Forever 129
Generosity Is a Call Not to Miss Out
In Christ, You Are Significant
Discussion Questions 151
Posted September 3, 2014
Posted June 22, 2014
The teacher , in his own view had bit off more than he was expected to chew. But because of his persistance, amid the crtualty of the students, Gaind confidence in the class, and felt as time draged on he was making headway. I think that anyone that is prepariing to become a teacher, realy needs to read this book. No matter what field they are planning to ork in, this story will give support to the individual who thinks this is going to be a piece of cake, and find a mouthfull of mud. So be prepared.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2014
The first 44 pages were good, then the book developed blank pages. I brought this to the attention of tech support. They were to research, fix it, and get back with me.
I had forgotten about it until I received this review form. I have yet to hear back from them.
Posted June 13, 2014
Posted June 13, 2014
Posted October 9, 2012
Each of us have our days when we would rather give than go on. We have our days when we would rather, if given the choice, quit instead of continue. I think that most of us at one time or another have thought about just dropping off the radar of life because we felt as if our lives don’t matter and we’re not making a difference. If no one else can identify with the above, I certainly can. Sometimes you just feel insignificant. “Insignificant; Why You Matter in the Surprising Way God is Changing the World” tells the story of Chris Travis, a successful pastor who gave up his pastoral position and moved to New York City to become a middle school math teacher in one of the toughest schools in the entire city. This book is an honest look into the journey and struggles that Travis and his family dealt with in his transition from the comfortable suburban life to the uncomfortable life of the inner-city. It is the honest look of his transition from the certain significance to seemingly insignificance. The book takes place in his classroom and he writes with great honesty about the dealings and conversations with his students. He speaks of his times of wanting to give up, while at the same time sharing the God-given victories along the way that allowed him to keep going. These victories showed him that he was truly making a difference in the lives of his students and that he mattered in the kingdom of God. This book teaches a very powerful lesson. A lesson that I believe I knew but needed to be reminded of. The lesson is that is significance must be found in the everyday things we do, understanding how all we do works into God’s plan for our lives. What makes this book powerful is that Travis uses his story and scripture. He does not pull in a lot of other outside quotes. He just tells his story of how God worked through him and his students those two years in that classroom. My favorite quote is found on page 58. Travis writes, “Some days I would go into that awful school and deal with the stress for the sake of the kids. Some days I couldn’t. On those days, I did it for Jesus.” Powerfully simple and engaging, Travis challenges each reader to stare success in the face and ask, “If no one knows my name, is Jesus enough for me?” This book sparked something inside of me. I’m not sure if it was the story, his journey, his courage, his faith, or God’s faithfulness. A great book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 23, 2012
We all have times when we feel like we don’t matter. We can be going through relationship problems, health issues, or a life that is hard. All of the hardships in life can make you feel so small. In the book “InSignificant” by Chris Travis he shows us how we can be find our significance in the worst part of our life and how we actually measure how significant we are.
Most people measure significance by their possession or occupation. We don’t realize that those two things are the least important items in our lives. Travis talks about how he was a engineer major in college simply because he was good in math and science. Little did he know he would instead become a pastor and eventually a middle-school math teacher. God definitely had plans for him.
He was teaching in one of the worst public schools in New York City’s public school system. There was violence, graffiti, items being thrown at him, and this was all on a daily basis. But, he was helping kids that truly thought that they would never matter, that THEY were insignificant. So, by showing them the mattered he found out that he was actually significant.
Travis realized that his significance lied in God. He must be a servant for God before he would matter to God. Teaching might not be the most affluent when it comes to profession (how can a teacher be significant) but, it’s not about your profession when it comes to how much we matter.
Travis was working in one of the worst schools, living in a poor neighborhood, and dealing with violence on a daily basis but, found that he was important to God. He was doing God’s will.
To be significant you must become insignificant first. I know that sounds weird but, to matter you must first be a servant to others. Really, can our possessions make or break us? Or is it our character that matters more. If we don’t have any physical possessions, are we still the same person?
I have to say that when I first started this book I didn’t get it. It was a hard read for me in the beginning but, once I got past the first half it all clicked. The book started making sense and got me thinking. Yes, I feel like I don’t matter some of the time but, why is that? Is it because I don’t have what I want out of life right now….YES. Is that how I am supposed to measure whether I am important or not…NO. Maybe this was hard for me to read because it hit too close to home. Even though it was hard to read once I definitely plan on reading it again. It set my proprieties straight and got me thinking about what I am doing with my life. I think I will get even more out of it a second or third time going through it.
I want to leave, you the reader, with a couple of thought provoking questions. What makes me significant? How do we judge whether we are significant or not? This book have changed my thinking and I am sure it will change yours.
I received this book free from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
Posted September 4, 2012
In this book, Chris Travis talks about the real power that God is using to change the world—His love; and He is doing it through the lives of those who are willing to love the way Jesus loves. It calls for a life where we see our days through God’s perspective, being kingdom focused instead of self focused, and partnering with Christ to bring that kingdom here on earth. Travis states that loving the way Jesus commands can sometimes make one feel insignificant.
After teaching for two years in Harlem at what the New York Post called “School From Hell”, Travis himself felt the slow death of his significance yet at the same time, he was compelled to love the way Jesus loved, which in retrospect meant dying for others and feeling the pain of loving a sinful world. He found that loving others God’s way makes our life more meaningful, no matter what we find ourselves doing day after day and sometimes longer than we desire.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who feel they do not matter in their little corner of the world or feel they have lost their purpose. This book is truly a practical approach to help anyone understand that they are significant to God and to the people He longs to reach.
Posted August 11, 2012
As someone who has personally experienced a truly horrible job - the kind that makes you dread the coming day and feel physical anxiety, fear and sadness every Sunday night - I could really relate to this book. This book is for anyone who has ever had to endure a tough - or downright miserable - experience. The type that keeps you asking, "why am I here?" and "why does this part of my life have to suck so bad??" This book shows how an everyday guy was able to get through some of the darkest days of his life and inspires hope that even in the worst of times, we too can find meaning and purpose in our lives. I really loved this book and recommend it to anyone who has ever questioned why bad things happen to good people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2012
Chris Travis's book, inSignificant, is one of the most inspiring and encouraging books I've read this year. Chris's conversational and descriptive narrative make your reading experience feel much more like a conversation over coffee with a good friend. Even though the book is an easy read, it is immensely powerful. This book tells the story of Chris's experience working at the most dangerous public school in Harlem. There are moments in this book that will make you cry and make you laugh, but most importantly, there are moments in this book that could change how you see yourself and those around you. I highly recommend this book. It's an easy read, powerfully simple and full of insights that will stick with you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2012
Chris Travis is a real guy who encourages other real people. His style draws you in, his stories come alive, and his punchline makes a difference in how you think. If you've ever wondered if you were making an impact, or have known someone who doubts their own value, here's a simple remedy that is not a quick fix. But InSignificant is profoundly direct and eminently helpful. Really.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Chris Travis takes us with him on a two year journey into the most dangerous middle school in New York City, and then shows us how God taught him many lessons through that experience. Chris is an outstanding story teller and I could not wait to read each chapter. Through Chris' amazing story, God used him to also teach you and me lessons about our significance. I am already looking forward to reading book #3!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2012
Chris Travis has written a beautiful little book. I was reminded of some great films like To Sir With Love, Stand and Deliver and Freedom Writers. In other words, this book inspires. But it goes beyond mere inspiration and challenges us. You may feel insignificant. You may be insignificant. And God may be planning to use your insignificance to change the world. I had to stop reading several times to let my tears settle. It is hard to see a grown man cry and in this narrative, he hurts and cries. It is also moving to see how children strive to just get by in one of America's most dangerous middle schools There are a myriad lessons here. Sometimes life hurts and sometimes we learn the most about ourselves and what our lives mean through pain. Sometimes we have to be completely humbled before we can be completely used by God. I'd like to see a movie of this book. But the end the inSignificant story is still being written. We still don't know how it ends. Chris is changing the world and inspiring us to join him. And I, for one, would like to see inSignificant made into a film.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2014
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