It's hard to find a book that's whimsical, humorous, and thought provoking all at the same time, but Love, Skip, Jump, (authored by Shelene Bryan) is just that. God has called us to do three simple things: love--Him and others, skip--the things we honestly don't need that would be a far greater blessing to those in need, and jump--to take action. Christianity is not about living a safe, comfortable life, but it's a crazy, joy-filled adventure to be had... that in turn means God asks us to do crazy things.
If you enjoyed Bob Goff's awesome book Love Does and Francis Chan's (equally awesome) Crazy Love, then you'll definitely want to check out Shelene's work, as her writing is like a combination of the two. Each chapter tends to follow a pattern of a story from the author's life that changed her in some radical way along with a truth or story found in scripture where men and women of God said "yes" to his call on their lives. The book begins with Shelene traveling to Africa to meet her sponsored kids, which then sends her into a totally new life adventure and path in her faith journey. Since that trip Shelene has now started a non-profit that feeds undernourished children living in poverty as well as building school kitchens: Skip1.org. Their motto is skip one thing--a Starbucks coffee, a night out to dinner, another manicure, etc.--and use that money to buy a child a meal. You'll be sure to giggle at Shelene's crazy stories and jokes while reading the book, but then, in the best way, challenged to start saying "yes" to God. And crazy adventures come out of that response.
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