Just as ripples from a single raindrop in a pond spread into infinity, simple acts of kindness can turn into ripples of altruism and giving that last throughout eternity. A Journey of Ripples is a series of stories as told by Matt, an eyewitness to the power of paying it forward as he chronicles the experiences of his friends in Oregon. The first story begins in 1986 when Paul reaches out to help Jo Ann on the darkest day of his life: the day he buries his wife of more than fifty years. In turn, Jo Ann promises him that she will do the same for someone else. The rest of the stories tell of the extraordinary responses to that promise. This moving collection is about sacrifice and most importantly, about giving and receiving beyond our fear, pride, and circumstances.