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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Living Fulfilled: The Infectious Joy of Serving Others by Eleze Lisa Thomas-McMillan is a memoir with a timely and powerful message of hope in a world characterized by greed, consumerism, and outright egoism. In this beautiful memoir, the author chronicles her journey toward the service of others and describes how service can turn lives around, communicating hope and life to the poor, and giving joy to those who give. She describes her upbringing in the impoverished areas of Alabama, a black girl born into a poor family where they learned the value of sharing by sheer instinct. She shares inspiring episodes of her life’s journey towards service, the long treks, the encounter with poor people from different backgrounds, and the kind of response that society needs to give to poverty for the world to be a better place.
This is not just a story told to entertain you; it’s a powerful invitation to have the courage to give and the message that you can find meaning in your life by positively influencing the lives of others through service, and everyone has something to give. Eleze Lisa Thomas-McMillan writes with simplicity, confidence, and her words are filled with authority because she walks her talk and lives by a powerful set of principles. Reading Living Fulfilled: The Infectious Joy of Serving Others reminded me of the message of the Gospel, of great figures like St. Francis of Assisi and his words spoken hundreds of years ago: “It’s in giving that we receive.” It seems like the author of this memoir understood this message and has dedicated her life to transforming it into a reality. Beautifully written, easy to read, and laced with insights, this book will come across as a huge challenge to those who suffer from the new form of slavery — clinging desperately to what they possess. Eleze Lisa Thomas-McMillan shares a message that will revolutionize our capitalist society. A must-read for anyone seeking meaning and a way to give life.