Item description for Small Town, Big Miracle: How Love Came to the Least of These (Focus on the Family Books) by W. C. Martin...
Overview On one memorable day, while Bishop Martin and his wife, Donna, were in prayer together, God gave them a one-word message: "Adopt!" Over the next five years, the Martins would adopt four kids. Others in their church community have heard the call and have now adopted 72 children.
Publishers Description On one memorable day, while Bishop W. C. Martin and his wife, Donna, were in prayer together, God gave them a one-word message: "Adopt " They were called to carry out literally James 1:27: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans . . . in their affliction." Over the next five years, the Martins would adopt four kids, including two with special needs. And though they didn't make adoption a "cause" at that time, the members of their church of 200 soon caught the same vision. The church has now adopted 72 children and counting. Includes an 8-page black-and-white photo insert.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Focus on the Family
ISBN 1589974433 ISBN13 9781589974432
Reviews - What do customers think about Small Town, Big Miracle: How Love Came to the Least of These (Focus on the Family Books)?
Life Changing! Nov 3, 2008
It's been months since I read this book, but I still think about it all the time and am constantly recommending it to people. My mother-in-law sent it to me and I opened it not knowing what to expect. It was my son's first day of leaving him at pre-school and I sat down in the waiting area and cracked open the book. I had two hours to wait and was done with the book before that time was over. It was an easy read, but so powerful!
I don't even know how to describe the inspiration the people in this book offer. Their unconditional love shows us how we all, especially Christians, should live our lives and care for others.
I loved the book so much that I loaned it to a friend. She, in turn, passed it along to another friend who is in the process of adopting two children! I'm not sure where the book is now, but I am confident it is in someone's hands changing their life.
My sons are adopted and I thought we were probably finished. But after reading this I don't know how we can NOT reach out to more children and give them the home they dream of.
Amazing Story Sep 8, 2008
I love the stories in this book. I expected it to have more on the scripture references to adoption. However, it is primarily testimonial & an introduction into the lives of the children & the families who took them in. Great book!
Great Adoption Book Apr 29, 2008
This book was recommended in Focus on the Family's magazine. I immediately purchased it and loved it. I took it when I served jury duty! :-)
Possum What? Apr 14, 2008
We'd all make fun of a place called Possum Trot and why not? What a silly name for a tiny little no-where place. But wait, this is just the type of place that Jesus shows up through people that believe Him and give their lives away in service to others.
Small Town, Big Miracle is a commendable effort to document the selfless acts of incarnational Christian living that we must all rise too. Too oft we sigh about the world's woes. "Who, oh who can come calm the storms of the lives of the broken in our midst"? Big Miracle, a Focus on the Family resource, offers the answer but I won't even make you read the entire book to find out the answer.
Its you and me and the Martin family and their loving friends and church family show us how.
Its easy to read and very encouraging. Adoptive families will see a model of stick-to-it examples in parenting tough kids. Others will see the great need of the orphans all around us and perhaps take the initiative to get involved.
Great, inspirational story Apr 4, 2008
This book is amazing. The Martins and their town and church have adopted the most needy children in Texas, and have built a beautiful community because of it. Their story is amazing, I found their website which tells more about the community. [...] I definitely recommend this book!