Too Small to Ignore: Why Children Are the Next Big Thing, the highly acclaimed book by noted child advocate Dr. Wess Stafford, has won the Year's Best Outreach Resources Award in the Evangelistic Biography category from Outreach magazine.
"Too Small to Ignore is a life-changing book," said Lindy Lowry, editor of Outreach. "It is a message about the importance of children that must be heard. This award shows the strong impact this book has made on its readers."
Outreach magazine, one of the fastest-growing periodicals for church leadership, aims to share ideas, insights and stories that encourage and equip the local church in its outreach efforts. This year marks the third year that Outreach magazine has given the awards. Each winner is determined by a combination of reader votes and an expert panel.
"Winning this award is a great honor," said author Wess Stafford. "My deepest desire is for this book to help change the way the people think about children. I would love to see it used as a tool to start a grassroots movement to make investing in the lives of children a priority."
The son of missionary parents, Dr. Stafford spent his childhood in a small West African village and knows firsthand the devastating effect poverty has on children. Drawing from his experiences growing up in Africa, as well as spending the past 13 years as president and CEO of Compassion International, Dr. Stafford has a deep passion for reaching out to children in poverty and is an internationally renowned expert in child advocacy.
Stafford's powerful story about growing up in the Ivory Coast was featured in the January/February '06 issue of Outreach magazine. Too Small to Ignore, published by WaterBrook Press, is available at bookstores nationwide, as well as online retailers. Visit www.toosmalltoignore.com for more information.
Compassion International is one of the world's largest Christian child development organizations, working with more than 65 denominations and thousands of indigenous church partners in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Since 1952, Compassion has touched the lives of more than one million children. It has been recognized for its financial integrity with top ratings and recommendations by several of the nation's leading not-for-profit "watchdog" organizations. Recently Compassion was recognized by Charity Navigator for its fifth consecutive four-star rating, putting it in the top 1 percent of 5,000 charities. For information about sponsoring a child, contact Compassion online at www.compassion.com or by calling (800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.