Saturday, July 17, 2010

Book Review: Same Kind of Different As Me

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.
An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.
A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.
It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Oh my goodness if I went on for days I would not be able to tell you how much I loved this book. I GOBBLED this up. It wasn't a "OMG this is so suspenseful I can't bear to put it down because I have to know what happens next!" sort of thing, but I just hated to put it down! This is the third book in a row that I've read that tells the story from more than one perspective: this time from both Denver's and Ron's points of view. It was so interesting to read about the same TRUE story from such different--and yet somehow similar--vantage points. And both authors/narrators have lived lives so different from mine, it was just a fascinating read.

I laughed; I cried (big, crocodile tears--good thing I was at home for those chapters and not in the lunch room like I usually am when I read!); I cheered; and I stood in awe of the work of God so evident in these men's lives. This was just an awesome book.

This book is definitely one about the grace and goodness of God, and about the difference Jesus can make in the hearts and lives of those who are open to Him.

I just can't say enough good things about this book. It made me want to find ways to give back to my community...ways to make a difference. I'll be attending the KARM Encounter with a handful of friends next month. I can't wait.

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Have you read Same Kind of Different as Me? What did you think about it?

Next up: The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis (yes, a children's book!)

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CJ Sime said...

Read it. Loved it.

Do you like multiple POVs? If so you most definitely DEFINITELY need to read The Help. It is phenomonal!!!!

Miss Janice said...

Enjoyed your review. Sounds like a very inspirational read!