Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: What Difference Do It Make?

I have been eying this book, What Difference Do It Make by Ron Hall and Denver Moore for quite some time, but knew it could never live it to its predecessor, Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, so I chose not to read it. When I was offered a free copy, how could I say no?

Like the first book, I read this one in a day, but for different reasons. The first book, Same Kind of Different as Me, captivated me. I could not put it down. This one was a bit different. Though engaging, I could put it down. This book is ideal for a person that enjoys reading but only gets to read in small chunks of time, because each chapter can pretty much stand alone. This book is more like a compilation of stories than a single one, which makes it easy to read a few pages, put it down, and return to it later.

The book is not very big, it is a small hardbound copy of about 200 pages. I have read that this book isn't as good as the first and seems disjointed. I'd disagree on those points. If you read the first book, you might be very interested to hear more of Ron and Denver's story and life since their book. Because they feel like old friends, I enjoyed reading these stories about their lives and a bit more details about things that happened. Interspersed between some chapters are little vignettes of how others have made a difference or how their lives were changed because of Same Kind of Different As Me. It is amazing how far-reaching an effect that book had on people, how it has inspired so many others to reach out and put compassion as a priority. It has healed marriages, opened awareness and taken away the fear of doing something or even conversing with the homeless. I found myself in tears several times while reading other's personal stories of hope and transformation, this common bond of one book and its "characters" that every reader now considers their friend.

There are some issues addressed that made me pause and think if I believed in the solutions the book does, regardless, this is an enjoyable read. If the first book impacted you in any way, I think you'll find this one enjoyable.

This quote on page 112 sums it up well. Ron Hall writes, "....loving God means loving people, and loving people means making a difference for God."

It was inspiring to read about the differences God is making in others lives and through other's lives.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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