Why This Book
There are a few reasons that I was drawn to read Love Skip Jump. First, was a Facebook video link of Shelene sharing the testimony of her trip to Africa – she has a magnetic personality. I was also motivated by the positive press from readers that have begun to Skip or Jump – I wanted to read the book that had motivated them. Lastly, I will be going on my first mission trip (to Bangladesh) in November. I wanted to read and be inspired by some else’s journey. When Booklook Bloggers offered the book for review I snatched it up. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
In Love Skip Jump author Shelene Bryan encourages her audience to live a life of love, skip something for the sake of someone less fortunate, and jump into action to serve God and the people around you. Shelene recalls her first visit to Africa to meet her sponsor child. The remainder of the book details the works that were inspired as a result of that trip. Through her candid and often times humorous retelling of events Shelene proclaims how God took her from a pampered, successful, American-dream-living woman to an advocate for the less fortunate both here and abroad. Confessing her insecurities, fears, and prejudices Shelene begins to say “yes!” to God. The rippling effect of her obedience inspires those around her to do the same.
Love Skip Jump says what so many American Christians need to hear – get off your couch and take action for Jesus. God blesses those who are faithful to do His work and once we take a step we will want to take another, then another, and before you know it we will be walking out our faith! Our busy lives are filled with activities that have no eternal consequence. We tend to be ignorant of the plight of others or complacent, deaf to their cries due to our desire for comfort or making excuses because of our fears. We need to start behaving in a way that makes others wonder “By what power or what name did you do this?” It’s time to be doers of the word and not just hearers.
In addition to the commentary, the prayers that Shelene includes at the end of each chapter are little treasures. Many of her weaknesses and insecurities echo our own. Readers can use these one breath prayers to profess their need for divine strength, wisdom, and guidance in their decisions to Love Skip Jump.
I had just two sticking points with this book. While every little bit helps and little sacrifices today could lead to larger steps of obedience in the future; I believe God asks us to give sacrificially (see Mark 12:41-44 & Luke 18:22). I wish that she would have addressed that forgoing entertainment or our morning latte should not be the sum total of our giving. Regretfully, there were occasions when I felt that the book was written in large part to boost awareness and support for the non-profit organization Skip1.