Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review: Love Skip Jump

Love Skip Jump chronicles Shelene Bryan's journey of saying yes to God and watching Him use her and her family in extraordinary ways. After sponsoring two children from Uganda, Bryan was challenged to take a trip there to see exactly where her money was going each month. Little did she know that her life would be turned upside down, as she saw firsthand the extreme poverty that her sponsored children lived in and realized that God had given her the resources to help.

Bryan's determination to help eventually led to her founding a charitable organization called Skip1, which encourages people to skip something (such as a meal or a luxury like a manicure or latte) and donate the money instead help provide clean water and food to children in need. Throughout the book, Bryan shares how God has grown her faith and used her to help people all around her.

While Bryan's wealth and Hollywood connections have certainly played a major role in helping so many around the world, her biggest asset has been her willingness to say yes to God's invitations. I think that is the biggest takeaway I got from the book--that when we are willing to say yes to God, that's when He allows us to join Him in adventures beyond our wildest dreams. As someone who has a hard time saying yes sometimes, I needed the reminder that, scary as it may seem, the adventures God has in store are worth the risk.

All in all, this was an interesting read that encouraged me to be more open toward accepting God's invitation to adventure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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