Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Review of sorts...

I recently read this fascinating book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.  It was recommended to me first by Angie Smith over on her blog Bring the Rain
but I of course, did not pay attention because I'm stubborn and really need to watch my spendings on books.  I could go over budget on my sweet book collection! I love you book collection.

Anywho! I digress! (Don't I always?)  So I heard about this book, then found out my best friend Kelli had bought it (she's so smart about listening to Angie) and then gave it to me this past weekend to borrow.

This book in one word, stimulating!  It stimulates your brain, your laughter, your tear ducts, your heart and your feet towards others.

Let me explain: It stimulates your brain by simply addressing the topic of homelessness and materialism by telling this tale.  It opened my eyes to the reality of life for some people even here in the United States.  To put it simply, one of the main characters and narrator Denver Moore tells his story of growing up in Louisana and the kind of slavery that he endured although it was the mid 19th century.  I was shocked by pictures of what "normal" was considered in his childhood.

Your laughter is stimulated because you simply cannot read about these two men, completely different lives, and laugh at their interactions together.  My favorite line was when Denver describes to Ron how the bus "slid like a hog on ice" during a snowstorm.  It simply reminds me of how people who are different than us can actually bring joy and light into our lives.  Why are we sometimes so scared of people who think, act, were raised, or look different than us?  We all need our lives shaken up a bit!

Your tear ducts will be glistening if not overflowing by the end of this book.  It's a beautiful story about these two men but also about the woman who brought them together.  Debbie comes into this story as a rich socialite who chooses to engage with homeless people, refers to them as "God's people" and won't allow the "hard to reach ones" to remain hard to reach.  She loves with no limits, no expectations and no boundaries.  I have so much to learn from this woman.

Your heart should already by moved by what I've said. :)

Your feet will be stimulated to move towards people who are homeless, childless, family-less; people who are different, who smell different, look different and just are different.

I loved this book.  It also took me about two plane rides to finish it.  Do yourself a favor and buy this lovely read!

*p.s. if you purchase this book, go through my link cause it'll help out this site!! Just an experiment I'm trying!!*

6 comments:

kyle and jennifer said...

sounds like a great read! i'm going to see if the library has it! :)

how did iowa treat you??? i'm so glad you got to visit kelli! hope it was refreshing :D

love you!

emily said...

I made the mistake of finishing this book on the plane. I was a MESS!!! I'm sure I got weird looks!!

Kelli B said...

I'm glad you liked the book. Share it with someone else! Let's keep handing the book off to others.

I should've signed my name, so we could list our names inside of who's read it.

Sign my name, then yours then pass it ON!

Love you Jo.

Joanna Kay said...

Ohhh good idea Kelli!

Jennifer, Iowa was great. SO refreshing. I only wish I had had more time to see all my fine friends who live there!

Jodi said...

Hi Joanna!

Thank you for reviewing Same Kind of Different as Me on your blog! I work with Thomas Nelson, and we would love to follow your blog and hear what readers think of this moving book. I also want to let you know that Ron and Denver have just released a new book What Difference Do It Make? which updates readers on their activity since the first book came out. Please contact me with your mailing address if you are interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the new book for review on your site at your convenience.

Thanks!

Jodi Hughes
JHughes@thomasnelson.com

Ed said...

Thanks Jo. We watched 'Blind Side' night before last, and your comments reminded me of the Touhys and how we live for others if we are alive at all in Jesus Christ.

The Truth upon which Christianity stands is the incarnation; and to think about how different from God the people are to whom He came invalidates any any excuse we give to withhold from others that same Love by which God has reached us.