A Thousand Small Sparrows: Amazing Stories of Kids Helping Kids

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 4, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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In 1992, Jeff and Kristi Leeland’s infant son, Michael, needed a bone marrow transplant. It cost $200,000 they didn’t have. That’s when Dameon, the most picked-on kid in the junior high where Jeff taught, emptied his bank account and handed Jeff twelve $5 bills to help save Michael’s life. Other students rallied behind Dameon’s $60 donation of hope--and a community rallied behind them. In less than four weeks, they raised over $227,000 for Michael’s life-saving transplant.

Sometimes it’s the small who are mighty and the young who are wise.…

Kids will do heroic things when they have heroic things to do. Out of the Leelands’ experience came Sparrow Clubs USA, an organization of kids helping kids in medical need. Each child helped by Sparrow Clubs faces a battle for life, and yet each of these sparrows lives with a vibrant courage.

Taking you into the communities that became sanctuaries of love for families in need, A Thousand Small Sparrows will revive your hope in the Father heart of a God who cares. This is a book about the power of compassion that can change the world–one sparrow at a time.

One hundred percent of the author’s proceeds from this book will benefit Sparrow Clubs USA



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Contents

An Unexpected Hope
5
Jacob the Boxer
17
Sami Soars
25
One Call
37
Alex Is Important Here
51
A Normal Kid
60
Good Days Will Come Again
71
Defining Faith
78
Tde Lone Steer
135
Iound What I Was Looking For
141
The Gift
150
SPARROWS or PURPOSE
157
What Seek Ye?
166
An Unexpected Purpose
174
For Keeps 183
185
Everything Ive Done Right
195

SPARROWS OF INSPIRATION
85
Qur Forever Sparrow
92
Together
99
Miles for Miles 111
109
A Gifi to the Family
118
What Parents Give
127
If You Get Cancer
201
SPARROWS or
208
Qur Fathers House
217
Thats Kinda Cool
224
just Living Through the Middle
235
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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.


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