President and CEO of Compassion International, Wess Stafford has written a unique book, one of interwoven stories all related around the theme of how “In The Heart Of A Child, One Moment…Can Last Forever”. Each story is told by various individuals from many different countries and many walks of life. The stories are inspiring, some are heartbreaking, but they all have something in common: They challenge the reader to live a life that will make a positive, lasting influence on the life of a child.
I appreciated Wess’ answer to the frequently given excuse of “Well, children are just not my thing- I don’t ‘get’ them. I don’t know how to handle them, act around them, or relate to them.” His reply: We all deserve an honorary doctorate in “childhood” because we have all done a minimum of eighteen years of “field research” in this complex subject (p. 14). We are who we are today because of those experiences we had as a child, whether our childhood was one of security and happiness or one of tragedy and neglect.
One moment can make a huge difference in the life of a child. This book has reinforced my desire to be a positive, encouraging influence not only for my own 7 biological children, but also in the lives of the children I come in contact with outside of my own family boundaries.
Moody Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.