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Love Skip Jump by Shelene Bryan tells the amazing story of how she founded her non-profit organization, Skip1, which encourages people to “Skip Something and feed a child.” One day during a gathering with friends at her home, someone asked Shelene about the photos of the children on her fridge. Specifically, how did she know they were real? The question inspired Shelene to take the first step in a series of life-changing steps that would change the lives of other people both here in the US and in developing countries as well around the world. By saying, “Yes” to God, she found herself at the center of a ripple effect that would allow others to change their direction as well.
Love Skip Jump is a great collection of experiences and lessons that many can relate to as well as find inspiration in. Shelene’s relationship with God and her spiritual lessons integrated throughout the book allow readers to view their own lives from a new perspective. If there was ever a book out there to make someone feel like they can make a difference in the world, this is it! I can honestly say that there have been a few times in my life that I chose to skip something so that I could help someone else, and the amount of joy that I felt was so much greater than if I hadn’t skipped anything. After reading this book, I’m inspired to continue to seek out opportunities to help make a difference, even if it’s a small ripple that starts a chain of events that will develop into something much greater. God can use anyone, anywhere and make something great!
I also feel like I definitely want to take a trip to Africa someday to visit one of the villages where help is needed. I can’t say I’m able to do it right now with a newborn and a toddler, but I can say that’s marked on my bucket list and I plan to check that box someday.
I am grateful to Shelene for opening up her heart and sharing her story with the world because I truly feel inspired by all of it. I am reminded of how fortunate we are to live in America, even with all of the political differences that cause people to try to separate rather than unite. There is always room for improvement, but having electricity, clean drinking water, a roof over our head, food on the table, health care, and so many more opportunities are things almost every American takes for granted. It’s amazing how people are living in other parts of the world and even more amazing that we can make a huge difference in their lives by just skipping something (a meal out, coffee, a new outfit, etc.).
I highly recommend this book to everyone and hope you also feel inspired to do something to make a difference. You don’t necessarily have to go to Africa, but you can definitely help change the world, even in your own backyard!
About the Author:
Shelene Bryan’s career as a successful Hollywood producer took a dramatic shift when she said yes to a whole new life adventure. Shelene’s relentless passion to care for children and families in need came to life in 2009 when she launched Skip1.org, a charity that brings food and clean water to impoverished children and families around the world. And now Shelene is the author of Love, Skip, Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Yes, where she turns her extraordinary speaking ability to the written word, encouraging us to take uncomfortable journeys and rich adventures.
For more info on the author, please visit www.SheleneBryan.com
For more information about Love Skip Jump and a FREE CHAPTER, visit www.LoveSkipJump.com
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.