I recently finished reading Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan. I really enjoyed this book! Shelene is great a telling the stories of her life and how God led her on such a great journey.
Who is Shelene Bryan?
Shelene Bryan is a California girl through and through. She is a former Hollywood producer who learned to listen to God and just say “yes” to what He offered.
Shelene was sponsoring kids in Africa, which she called “refrigerator kids” because their pictures hung on her refrigerator in her kitchen. One day a friend asked Shelene if she actually fell for that; how did she know the kids were actually real and not some forty-year old people taking her money. This bother Shelene to the point that she got on a plane and traveled to Africa to find her “refrigerator” kids. What happened next completely shocked and changed her, as well as the people she came into contact with.
I really enjoyed the way Shelene told the stories of what she came across. It is a book that is written in such a way that you cannot put it down because you want to know what in the world is she going to get into next!
Love, skip, jump
Love is because she “learned to see God as He really is and, as a result, live a life of love.”
Skip is because she learned to skip certain things in her life, such as Starbucks, in order to give. The money saved on a coffee can go to help the poor. She says in her book, “If I skip lunch to feed a hungry child, the child gets fed. That’s fabulous. But even more, an attitude and a lifestyle of giving can make life truly thrilling.”
Jump is because she learned that “the sense of saying yes to God is jumping – using your God-given gifts to affect others. Jumping is an action, a choice in your life to do something to serve God and the people around you.”
My family and I have sponsored a child through Compassion for years. I have never thought of her as not being real and it has never crossed my mind to hop on a plane to go see if she is! I like to think that I can trust the people of Compassion. This book made me realize that I don’t have to wonder where my money is going. I know I am making a difference in a child’s life. She writes us letters and tells us how she is doing and how her family is. I hope that by sponsoring her she will become someone really great in her village.
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