Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: inSignificant

It's probably safe to say that we all, at one time or another, have questioned whether or not what we're doing with our lives has any real impact on the world. That's been something that I've struggled with off and on for a long time, particularly when it comes to my job. Most days lately I've forgotten that my job is a place of ministry for me and that God has me at that office at this time for a purpose that is higher than what's on my to-do list. 

It's fitting that, in the midst of questioning my future, my latest book review for Bethany House Publishers is for a book called inSignificant by Chris Travis. Subtitled "Why You Matter in the Surprising Way God Is Changing the World," the book consists largely of stories from Travis' stint as a math teacher in one of the poorest, most dangerous public schools in New York. He shares his own struggles to find purpose in a seemingly thankless job and wonders whether he is making any kind of real, positive impact on his students. 

In addition to sharing his own stories, Travis offers hope and encouragement for the rest of us who have the same questions about our own lives. This was a quick read but an enjoyable one, and it left me feeling encouraged that God IS using me for His purposes now whether it feels like it or not.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers book review bloggers 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.”

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