Tuesday, February 17, 2009

March Reading Selection

What in the world could I possibly choose for March when we read such an amazing book for February. I have had this dreaded feeling because anything we read right after Redeeming Love will seem so poor in comparisson even if it is a good book. So I am not even trying to top it. I chose a book that we would be reading at some point that I thought was good and we get to mix it up a little with a true story. I know not everyone will like it because of the high we are coming off of from Redeeming Love, but I am asking you to give it a chance. The March Selection for our book club will be a non-fiction novel written by two authors. The book we will be reading is Same kind of different as me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

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, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love. (The above is from the back of the book cover.)

I read this book this past fall when a friend recommended it and it was also one of the books suggested to read at our Jan. meeting. I found a review of the book online that is a good pre-view of the book. It was by Jennifer Bogart and I felt it was a well written description of what I want you to know before you read it. Here is a portion of what she wrote:

"While God’s importance in this work is never minimized, no clear presentation of the gospel is present. There are also some experiences related that some readers might feel uncomfortable with; spirit visitations and visions are clearly a part of who Denver Moore is and his understanding of God. While these may appear as superstitious to many, it’s likely that these beliefs are common to those with Denver’s upbringing. That being said, books like these aren’t read to inform your theological position. Read it to see the joy and fruit of being Jesus’ hands and feet in this world. Read it to learn about striving to serve Him with love and spreading that love to those who have fallen through the cracks. Read it to experience the deep love between a husband and wife, the power of God to soften and change hearts and His ability to take grief and use it as a seed that will grow, flower and touch the lives of many. A beautiful story that warms and wrenches the heart; you’ll want tissues on hand for this one. When asked if they had any additional thoughts on the book the authors responded:

“Ron: Most of our thoughts were included and the book was never meant to be a self-help or instructional book. Ours is merely a story about how a Godly woman with a dream followed it to the point where a city was changed. Denver and I are not preachers or teachers, but sinners with a story to tell.

Denver: I didn’t have any thoughts for this book, I just told my story. I just want to encourage folks to be more like Miss Debbie.”

To read the full review you can go to http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/10/30/074214.php.

You can find this book at the local libraries and Books-a-million. Kathy will be doing a pre-order of the March book on Thursday February 19th. The price for the book is $10.19. She will order the books and have them for pick up at our February Meeting. If you are interested in the pre-order please contact Kathy so she can order one for you and you can give her your money.

I look forward to our February meeting and reading the March selection with you. Please as always remember to post questions or thoughts. I look forward to seeing you soon. I'm so pleased everyone has enjoyed Redeeming Love so much. Don't forget to check out the monthly polls I am posting on the right hand side of the blog. Go and Rate Traveling Light and Redeeming Love!

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1 comment:

Jody Beth said...

Thanks for including the candid review. You can't argue with someone else's understanding of an experience in a true story, but we can all grow in the understanding of our own beliefs as we consider someone else's reality.