Thursday, August 21, 2014

Love Skip Jump By Shalene Bryan

I have an amazing book to share with you!  I just finished reading Love Skip Jump: Start Living The Adventure of Yes by Shalene Bryan and I want to recommend that you read it too!  I am trying to be more intentional about the books I review for publishers...there's nothing worse than trying to get through a book you don't like just so you can post a review about it!  And I'm a busy gal so I just don't have time for that!  This book caught my eye because I am boring.  I am not an adventure-lover or risk-taker.  I like playing it safe and playing by the rules.  But it's boring.  In an attempt to want to be more adventurous, I decided to read and review this book!  I am so glad I did!  It really was a remarkable one that I want to keep on my bookshelf for a long time. 

The author, Shalene Bryan, lives in California.  I could tell from the stories in the book that her family is well-off financially.  Her life dramatically changed when a lady at a dinner party she was throwing, saw the picture of the Ugandan girl her family was sponsoring and asked Shalene if she really believed she was helping this little girl and it wasn't some scam.  Shalene had never really thought of it before, but the more this comment got to her, the more the urge to find out for herself grew.  Next thing she knew she was on a plane to Uganda to meet both kids that her family sponsored.  She not only got to meet them in person, but she was able to see firsthand what living conditions they endured and how the money she sent each month really did make a difference in those kids' lives.  This trip changed her life.  And out of it her organization Skip1 was born.  The organization is centered around the idea of us skipping one thing....buying a new shirt, passing on a Starbuck Latte, not getting take out one night...and using that money to donate to needy people.  Even though the amounts seem small, they really do make a difference. 

Each chapter in the book tells a story of loving others, skipping to help others, and jumping in with both feet when God tells us to jump, and the effect it has for God's kingdom.  God has come through for her time and time again simply because she chose to say yes.  She urges us to ask God to show us what we need to jump for/in so that we can experience those same great miraculous stories in our own lives! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for this honest review. 

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