One Small Barking Dog

How to Live a Life That's Hard to Ignore

One Small Barking Dog

Small Is the New Big

In this humorous, insistent book, Pastor Ed Gungor demonstrates that the world is changed most by ordinary people—the "small dogs" of the human race. Small dogs may not run the world, but neither can the world tune them out. If it weren’t for small dogs, the world might be a quieter place, but it would certainly be a needier one.

With chapters like "Dare to Be Small," "Fight the Big-Dog Lie," and "The Bark of Faith," Gungor challenges the notion that earthly prominence, status, and power are essential to significance. Reminding us that small is the new big, he inspires us to fall in love with life—the everyday, normal kind—and shows us how to make an eternal difference.

Living a Life That’s Hard to Ignore

The thing about small, barking dogs is that they can’t be ignored. They may not be show-dog material or win outstanding awards, but through their persistence and insistence they make themselves known.

Only a handful of people ever achieve notoriety and "greatness," but the energizing truth of One Small Barking Dog is that every single one of us can change the world. New York Times bestselling author Ed Gungor debunks the big-dog lie and clearly teaches "ordinary" people how to live out their faith in a way that not only changes the world we live in now but that affects lives for eternity.

By the time you finish this book, you won’t be worried about being small. You’ll be ready to take on the world. You’ll know how to live a life that can’t be ignored.

Whether you’ve just graduated from school or you’ve been at this life for many years, Ed Gungor’s concrete principles and simple life wisdom will show you new ways to make a big impact on your world.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for One Small Barking Dog includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Ed Gungor. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 



Author Ed Gungor focuses on the small things in life, like his dog Frank, a Westie. Though Frank is just a small dog, in small ways he’s a very motivating personality. And with that idea in mind Gungor explains how being small—living a regular, normal life— can still make a big difference in the world. You don’t need to be famous, beautiful or talented to be used by God. Instead, you can be one of the small dogs of the world that have a big impact.

Questions for Discussion

1. The basic theme of the book is that leading a simple, normal can be better than trying too hard to stand out. Do you believe this to be true? Have you seen examples of this in your life?

2. The author quotes Jesus’ saying “the greatest among you will be your servant” (7). How is this idea built upon throughout the course of the book?

3. Why does the author use the comparison to dogs and their personality traits? Does this help you understand t see more

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Ed Gungor

Ed Gungor is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, There Is More to the Secret, as well as several other books. Lead pastor of The People’s Church in Tulsa, Gungor also makes regular media appearances and speaks in churches, universities, and seminars nationwide.