"Love Skip Jump" by Shelene Bryan is a great book that has the potential to be a catalyst for a great deal of change in your life. When I decided to read this book I had no idea that the author lives in the city next door and is involved in some of the same organizations I'm familiar with and have worked with. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that she attends a wonderful and well known church nearby and has partnered with Children's Hunger Fund. Children's Hunger Fund is absolutely my favorite charity so that gave her instant credibility in my book.
"Love Skip Jump" details Bryan's journey into the life path that God was calling her to take. She made some big changes in her life, and as a result of saying "yes" to some scary and exciting things, she is helping people all across the world. After traveling abroad and witnessing firsthand the vast poverty and need, she founded the charity Skip1.org which is dedicated to providing food and clean water to children around the world.
While our individual scope of saying yes may be on a smaller scale than hers, she challenges us (in a very effective way) to examine our own lives and the things God may be asking us to say yes to. She gives many examples of circumstances in her life where she was led to say "yes" and the ripple effect that "yes" had on the people around her. The joy and fulfillment she has found in this new life is contagious. So contagious that I finished the book in less than 24 hours.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be inspired to make a difference in the world around them. It could be the people you work with, or the family next door. I believe we are given opportunities to love others on a pretty frequent basis. Being open to saying yes to peoples' needs, or even be a listening ear to someone who needs a friend is a great start. Read this book.
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