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Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor

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Margot Starbuck is back with as much passion and energy as ever. In thirty brief chapters, she invites you to choose the adventure that fits who you are in authentically loving those around you.

Yes, she knows: just the thought of adding something more to your life sounds exhausting. But here's the fantastic truth she's discovered in her own journey: "We don't have to add l

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Paperback, 239 pages
Published November 23rd 2011 by IVP Books (first published November 1st 2011)
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Bob
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
When my son was young, he used to read "choose your own adventure" stories where you could select one of several different paths through a book that led to different endings. Starbuck's book is organized in this way except that all the paths lead to one end--joining God's adventure of loving the world around you.

Her title is inspired by Mother Teresa who said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Starbuck's "choose your own adventure" format allows the
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Michelle Weston
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An authentic, honest, & practical book to help you live out love in your everyday life so you can effectively “move toward a world in need.”
Kaitlyn
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
May be biased because I know and love Margot, but I loved this book. It inspired me to lead a life of love for others where I am now. Unlike some other similar books by Christian authors that leave me feeling guilty, this left me feeling empowered.
Tim
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having read her book, having accepted her joking encouragements for thirty chapters, having recognized her stories as both simple steps and potentially profoundly life changing, she feels like a good friend (though I have never met her). The kind of good friend who will get you caught up in their cause and help you do it with joy and anticipation. It is a modest book, following its title, and it does not demand much (at least at first) to begin loving your neighbor as she describes. But give Jes ...more
Emily
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Highly recommended! And that Susan character near the end sounds especially awesome... :)
Tami Fuest
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I began this book months ago as a church group reading. I couldn't finish it at the time because the tone of voice of the author was difficult to tolerate. I don't love the assumptions that everyone reading the book is middle class or upper class or well educated or not working in low paying jobs, etc. etc. For a book that is intending to integrate society, there's a lot of assuming about "us" and "them", even though the author specifically states that she is not doing this. I also don't enjoy t ...more
Carolynn
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book. I think EVERYONE should read this book, it is so spot on at a time when the country is very divided and there is just a lot of negativity out there. Everyone needs to get to know those around them, christian or not, and really try to understand where others come from as a way of finding common ground rather than finding ways to separate ourselves.

I'm going to do the Adventure challenge at the end of the book with my family, instead of cramming everything into a 5 week study, I
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Monica
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the positive enthusiasm Starbuck had for interacting with our world practicing small acts of love toward everyone we come in contact with.The book is clearly written for people with means, and did not seem to address questions of the social structures that contribute to difficult situations. I found it to be encouraging but too simplistic.
Eric
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
There really are a number of great ideas herein, and the business of letting the reader pick and choose based on their situation (young/old/single/married/etc, etc) could probably be done in any number of "how to" sorts of books. ...more
Leslea Abshire
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book with practical ideal and challenges to get you to put into use and practice the ideas put forth in this book
Tina
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
With a foreward by Tony Campolo and a back cover recommendation by Shane Claiborne, you know that Margot Starbuck has good credentials and you're pretty sure you're going to be convicted while reading it. She's funny and her wit comes through in the book. The book is written in a choose your own adventure type style, so that at the end of each chapter you can skip to the next chapter that best suits your needs. I chose this option in the middle of the book, but for the most part, read the whole ...more
Joline Atkins
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Want to love the world? Both globally and locally?
Prepare to be inconvenienced.
I resonated with this book.
Especially the chapter "Spend More".
Looking forward to meeting Margot Starbuck this weekend and hearing her flesh out the actions she shares in her book.
I had planned to highlight at ton . . . but instead, I just found myself nodding.
Am I all that? Do I have it all together?
No.
Do I KNOW what I am called to do?
Yes.
Is it often an inconvenience to do so?
Yes.
But I am called to do justly, love me
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Kim
My big complaint with this book when I started it was the sarcasm of the author. I understand how sarcasm can drive a point home, but I found her use of it annoying in the beginning. I walked away from this book for a bit, and when I did come back to it and forced myself to finish it (I was reading it for the UMW Reading Program), I still didn't find much redeeming in this. The ideas in this might be better presented in a blog format. ...more
Chad
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think that Margot Starbuck does an incredible job explaining how to move into the next step as a follower of Jesus. I think it is a good read for anyone who is wanting to move beyond the Sunday worship experience into something more meaningful that reflects the love that Jesus has for everyone.
Hailey
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Margot Starbuck writes a compelling (and funny) call to follow Jesus to the marginalized in our local and global society, those whom Jesus loves. It's a quick read with prompts for skipping to chapters most relevant to your current situation in life. ...more
Timber
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot of ideas on how to help my neighbors and community. I've already gotten to work volunteering more with local programs and I am trying to keep a better eye out for those who live on the fringes. ...more
Jennifer
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Good book with fun format. I picture using this for a small group study.
Debbie
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
A challenging read, not in terms of reading level, but in terms of how you live your life. If you want to be pushed on your thinking, this is a good one.
Melissa Ford
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the writing style and practical content. Really made me think about all the resources I have to offer and how to best share them. Great read.
Gabby
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the interesting format of this book as well as the inspirational content.
Susan
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!! Great practical inspiration for engaging with a work that needs us!
Jennifer
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. The ideas in it are changing my life.
Bethany Dukehart
A joy to read!
Christine Grant
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: umw
This book gave me some things to think about--am I spending my money the right way, am I truly loving Jesus, and do I actually care about my neighbor and if so how am I showing him?
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