Day 10: A reading challenge and our first-ever blog giveaway!

Yesterday for day 9 of our 31 days of compassion, we spent some time watching a movie or documentary highlighting issues of poverty or another culture from around the world. We would love to read your thoughts and experiences, and we will post our reflections soon as well. Today’s post is for those of us who love to read. We are also very excited to have our first-ever blog giveaway available. Please read on for further details on how you could win!


Today, we are choosing to read and review a book about issues of poverty, God’s heart for children, and spreading the love of Christ through kindness and compassion. I will be reading “Too Small to Ignore” by Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International. I look forward to reviewing this wonderful book here on the blog when I am finished reading it.


Join us by taking the reading challenge!


Will you join us to read a book about compassion, poverty, and/or spreading God’s love around the world? After reading your chosen book, will you take some time to review it and let everyone know your thoughts and reactions? How did the book you chose to read impact you and encourage you to show compassion to others? What will you do in response to reading this book to spread the love of Christ locally or around the globe?


Are you looking for a book to read and review?


Go here to explore some recommended books. Please also share your book recommendations in the comments. We look forward to adding more books to our reading list.


Enter to win “Just a Minute” by Dr. Wess Stafford


As our first-ever giveaway here on this blog, we are excited to offer “Just a Minute”, the second book written by Dr. Wess Stafford. In light of international shipping costs, we ask that only readers from the United States participate. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post sharing a time in your life when someone took a moment to show compassion and the love of Christ to you. Please also mention that you wish to win this book, so we can distinguish between those entering the giveaway and those simply sharing their stories with us. If you are under 18 years of age, please obtain your parents’ permission before entering to win. We will pick someone to win a copy of this wonderful book, and all entries must be in by no later than Sunday, October 13, 2013 to be considered. We look forward to reading everyone’s inspirational testimonies of compassion!



31 Days of Compassion

6 thoughts on “Day 10: A reading challenge and our first-ever blog giveaway!

  1. I recently read: Sheba’s Song by Joe Harbison (recommended by someone on the OC page). It was a book about a girl from India who was a sponsored child (didn’t say which organization) and it showed letters from her sponsor and then she answered the letters/questions again in a book format when she was an adult to explain her life growing up. It was interesting reading about her struggles (arranged marriages were common), especially since I have a sponsored child in India. It made me think about what she might go through if she wasn’t sponsored and loved by her family. I recommend this book.

    I’ve also read about 3/4 of Too Small to Ignore (but haven’t finished it yet, since I keep reading other books too!).

    As far as when someone has shown the love of Christ with me, I’d say that anytime a friend or neighbor helps out, that is a good example of Compassion. I have several neighbors offering to help me with plowing my driveway this winter (husband is working out of town) which is a huge act of compassion from them. I’d like to be entered in the drawing if possible. Thanks!

    • Thanks for the book recommendation, sharing your story of compassion, and for your contest entry! I’ve never read this book, but I do remember someone recommending it on OC as well. I loved your story of compassion, and can tell you that we have some neighbors just like the ones you’ve described. We have a couple that lives right next door to us, and we each watch out for one another. When we travel out-of-town for more than a weekend, they house and cat sit, and we each help with yard work. They help us with yard maintenance in the summer months, and we shovel their driveway in the winter. Thanks again for your comment, and you have been entered into the contest!

  2. Great post! I love finding new reading material.

    My entry: I remember a moment, my freshman year of college, being very upset over a class and ending up hiding in an out of the way bathroom in our student center, crying. A woman who worked in a nearby office came in and saw me, and although I don’t remember exactly what she said, she took the time to tell me that everything would work out in the end. She was sympathetic and kind, and I remember being comforted by her words. I attended a small, Christian university, and I am convinced that God had our paths cross for a reason.

    • Thanks for your entry, and for sharing your story of compassion! As a college student myself, I can relate to the struggles you experienced and how the Lord provides those divine encounters to keep us going. I have had some God-ordained encounters like that, as recently as last week. Thanks again for sharing, and you have been entered into the contest.

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