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Overview Readers have been deeply moved by the unfolding true story of one small "sparrow" named Michael Leeland. One Small Sparrow restores faith in the watch-care of God and in His power to reach through powerless people to bring healing and hope in life's darkest moments. This award-winning volume by Jeff Leeland chronicles his little boy's life-and-death struggle with leukemia and the heroic efforts of young people and their community to save him. It also tells how the heartwarming sacrifice of a disabled boy's $60 life savings, which sparked the drive to help Michael, has grown into the Sparrow Foundation.
Publishers Description Readers have been deeply moved by the unfolding true story of one small "sparrow" named Michael Leeland. Soon to be released in revised and updated paperback, One Small Sparrow restores faith in the watch-care of God and in His power to reach through powerless people to bring healing and hope in life's darkest moments. This award-winning volume by Jeff Leeland chronicles his little boy's life-and-death struggle with leukemia and the heroic efforts of young people and their community to save him. It also tells how the heartwarming sacrifice of a disabled boy's $60 life savings, which sparked the drive to help Michael, has grown into The Sparrow Foundation, a national organization of kids raising funds for kids in medical need. One Small Sparrow is a book that keeps alive the spirit of grace that saved a little boy.
Jeff Leeland shares the joy and trials associated with having a child undergo aggressive cancer treatments. Jeff is currently working in schools and communities sharing a new vision for youth and teenagers. He is committed to encouraging parents and leaders to provide positive "life changing experiences" for teens and enable them to become beneficial contributors in their own schools and towns.
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Jeff Leeland is a popular speaker and founder of the national youth-based charity Sparrow Clubs USA. His first book, "One Small Sparrow, "won the 1996 Christopher Award for literary works that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. Jeff and his wife and their five children live in Redmond, Oregon. Marcus Brotherton is a newspaper editor and freelance writer in Vancouver, Washington, and he holds a master s degree in practical theology from Talbot Seminary."
Jeff Leeland currently resides in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about One Small Sparrow?
A Must Read. . Very Inspirational! May 30, 2002
First of all, this is more than a review about the book but also about the man Mr. Leeland. This book is the story of Mr. Leeland's son at a very young age, needing a marrow transplant, not only did the students at his school come together and help him out so did the whole community.... FROM THIS: Mr. Leeland has founded the Sparrow Clubs in schools around the country and has raised over $750,000 for "broken sparrows". . .and he believes in kids helping kids.
This book is not only inspirational for those who know cancer, and sickness, but for those of us who never dealt with that issue this book is VERY inspiring . . . and very full of hope and love. Mr.Leeland writes a easy to read, human, full of true feeling and very much full of his insight, and HUGE AMAZING heart. I recommend this book to anyone!!!!! Do yourself a favor, read about GOOD people doing GOOD things....
I couldn't put it down... Aug 29, 1999
What do you do when you've just moved to a new school and a new job and your 6-month old baby is diagnosed with leukemia? What do you do when the operation costs $205,000 and the insurance company won't pay for it? This is the story of the Leelands, a Christian family who goes through a nightmare, and of the junior high school and community that reaches out to them to save the life of one small sparrow.
I was reviewing this book while creating a library for our middle school. It caught my attention immediately, as one of my former students has leukemia. As I read it, I began to understand the terrible struggle that my student and his family were going through. And I was touched by the honest description of the Leeland's ups and downs, by the sacrifices made by the kids in Kamiaken Junior High, and by the faith the Leelands showed in a God who sustained them as they went though this tragedy.
An inspiring and moving glimpse into reality Feb 10, 1999
I was one of the students that attended Kamiakin Junior High when the Leelands went through their test of faith. This book accurately depicts the real life events that surrounded the events leading to the life saving bone-marrow transplant of Michael Leeland. It is refreshing to hear about a community pulling together and turning a desparate situation into one filled with pure hope and faith. Read this book if you ever feel there is something you can't accomplish in life@