Book Review

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

An unlikely friendship formed between Ron and Denver, at the urging of a woman listening to God. Ron is an art dealer and hobnobs with high society. Denver was an uneducated black man from the cotton fields of the south who hopped a train one day. The woman was Ron’s wife, Deborah, who to Denver became known as Miss Debbie.

When “Same Kind Of Different As Me” first arrived at my house, my ten year old son snatched it up and took it away to read. He kept trying to tell me all about it, but I told him to wait until I had a chance to read it and not spoil the surprise. Let me just say that he loved it.

When I first picked up this book to read, I had a hard time getting into it, but as I pressed on. The story pulled me in and by about half way through, I couldn’t put it down.

This book was raw, real, and revealing. In places, it drove me to tears. This book inspired me, challenged me, and caused me to think deeply about a great many things. It drove me out of my comfort zone by the words of a black man with a heart of gold. True friendship was forged through struggles and tragedy, and polished by heartache.

If you are looking for a good read or need to be shaken out of complacency like I was, then I would highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby

Mary-Ann Kirkby shares her recollections about life growing up on a Hutterite Colony in Canada with amazing candor and explicit detail.  This book is an autobiography of her life and experiences inside the colony as well as her struggles adjusting to life in the outside world. I was transported through time and actually felt like I was experiencing the journey with her.

Personally, I was inspired by the benefits of colony life and the longings that I have for simpler times was revisited. While I was able to recognize the many benefits of colony life and simpler times, light was also shed on the difficulties and challenges that were to be had sharing all things in common.

I Am Hutterite was an absolutely fascinating read for me. From the very first moment that I picked up the book, I was drawn into the story and held captivated. This was a well constructed story and I would highly recommend this book as I found it to be an excellent read.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The Spoils of Eden

When I first heard of the opportunity to review “Spoils of Eden” by Linda Lee Chaikin, I was intrigued and eagerly anticipated the book’s arrival.

This unique piece of historical fiction is set in Hawaii in the late 1800’s and one of the main topics covered in this book is the leper colony on the island of Molokai. My knowledge of Hawaii and leprosy was extremely limited at the start of this novel, but the author provided excellent historical background for the characters to play out their story.

Eden is driven by her passion to work alongside her father and Rafe patiently waits for his love, but for how long, as the author weaves this compelling story through it’s many twists and turns.

I was just a wee bit frustrated by the ending, but only because this is, “The Dawn of Hawaii Series,” and the story is not over. I need to know how the story ties everything together so I will be purchasing the rest of the books in the series as it becomes available.

Download and read the first chapter, but you might need to run out and purchase the book once you get started.

You can visit the Spoils of Eden website for more information or you can purchase Spoils of Eden directly from Moody Publishers.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Moody Publishers via Christian Work at Home Moms.

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