Living Fulfilled...The Infectious Joy Of Serving Others

ABOUT Carlisa Thomas

Carlisa Thomas
I run a small non-profit food bank in my hometown. I am been in the service of others all my life.



In 2005 Lisa Thomas asked God what she needed to do to help make people aware of the plight of the hungry. God responded by asking her to walk 110 miles to deliver a letter to the Governor of Alabama, telling him about the poverty and the devastation afflicting their state.

Thomas completed the walk in six days and delivered the letter to the office of Governor Bob Riley. When Riley refused to accept it, a media firestorm ignited and Thomas knew she had found her truest calling.

In her new spiritual memoir, ‘Living Fulfilled…The Infectious Joy of Serving Others’, Lisa Thomas tells of that journey to Governor Riley’s office, and of her longer voyage – the walk from Brewton, Alabama to Washington, DC to deliver the same letter to President George W. Bush.

928 miles and fifty-three days later – a heroine was born.

Told in day-to-day journal format, ‘Living Fulfilled…The Infectious Joy of Serving Others’ follows Thomas on her walk to The White House. With each step, Thomas recalled her early life hoeing Butter Beans with her Mother and picking cotton with her Father. She realized that every moment had led her to this – the ‘road-trip’ of a lifetime, meeting ordinary people who did extraordinary things and carrying a letter for the President.

“Often, people don’t believe they can make a difference,” says the author. “Especially Baby Boomers – they feel their time has come and gone. That simply isn’t true. Age doesn’t limit our capabilities, and in fact, it can make us even more resilient. I urge folks to read this story and believe they can do whatever God asks of them.”

Rooted in Divine faith and love, this book will make anyone believe in the enduring power of compassion, kindness and bravery. 

Living Fulfilled: Bold Memoir Invites Readers to Experience “Infectious Joy of Serving Others”; a Life Shaped by the Ever-Present Care of the Heavenly Father Lisa Thomas-McMillan’s latest release, ‘Living Fulfilled: The Infectious Joy of Serving Others’ walks readers through the author’s early life of working-class poverty, to her nomadic lifestyle in Los Angeles and – after a calling from God – back to her hometown in Alabama to dedicate her life to the poor and hungry. Above all, Thomas-McMillan’s life story serves as a powerful testimony to the ever-present care of the Heavenly Father; inspiring sacrifices the author is only too glad to make. For Immediate Release Brewton, AL – After studying in Holland, Michigan, Lisa Thomas-McMillan thought she had escaped the grip of her working-class Alabama upbringing after settling for a nomadic type lifestyle in Los Angeles. But, before she knew it, Thomas-McMillan was back – a move that has established her as one of the State’s most selfless and charitable residents. But McMillan doesn’t want praise; instead turning attention to the sacrifices and ever-present care of God. In her fascinating new memoir, McMillian bares her soul to call readers everywhere into action. ‘Living Fulfilled: The Infectious Joy of Serving Others’ will wake the world up to the hungry, showcase how anyone can help, and push people from all walks of life to make some sacrifices of their own. Synopsis: In this worthy book Lisa Thomas-McMillan shares with us her journey of giving, beginning with her early years as the middle daughter in a large family of struggling workers in the poor neighborhood of Brewton Alabama back in the sixties, a period that instilled in her a strong sense of empathy for her fellow strugglers. We learn of her young love and experience of God and her attempt to escape her modest environment in her late teens and early adulthood, during which a stint at college in Holland, Michigan was followed by a few years of feverish work that enabled her to settle into a happier lifestyle in the City of Angels. However, she was dramatically yanked out of her comfort zone by a call from God, which led her to return to her hometown, where her continued struggle to attain the American dream was slowly transformed, by the grace of God, into a life totally dedicated to serving the needs of the poor she loved so dearly. Thomas-McMillan also details her two long walks, one of 110 miles from Brewton to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery and the second of 900 miles to Washington DC to bring to the public’s and the politicians’ attention the dire need experienced by so many of her fellow Americans. She details her reflections during the second walk, and her conversations with God, who seems to speak through her to us, reminding us of His constant care in the face of our weaknesses and His desire to transform us all into the human beings He intends us to be – those who live not for ourselves, but for others. “I’m not sharing my story to garner praise, but to instead prove God’s immense ability to lead us down the road of loving our neighbor, help us overcome our weaknesses and use Him a model example that personifies tender care,” explains the author. “I can vouch for the fact that any sacrifices we make are miniscule in comparison to the joy we will attract and enjoy as a result.” Continuing, “Ultimately, my testimony will call each and every reader to put their weaknesses aside for good, submit themselves to the needs of the poor, homeless and hungry – and embrace the new joy and wellness this will bring them.” ‘Living Fulfilled: The Infectious Joy of Serving Others’ is available now. All proceeds from the book will go to help build a kitchen to prepare meals for the needy. For more information, visit: About Carlisa Inc.: Hunger Activist Lisa Thomas-McMillan lives in Brewton, AL with her husband Freddie. She has been involved in the hunger movement for almost twenty years. A Baby Boomer born to poor laborers Lisa knows what hard times feel like. She owns and operates a restaurant in Brewton, AL (Drexel & Honeybee’s). Lisa also operates a food bank Carlisa, Inc. since 2002. Contact: Lisa Thomas-McMillan / (251) 727-2411 /