Let me begin by saying that this review is long, long overdue. I have had “What Difference Do it Make” (Thomas Nelson Publishers) in my possession for many months without ever breaking the binding. The reason for this delay was that I wanted to first become acquainted with the story that the authors offered in their prelude to this book “Same Kind of Different As Me”.
“What Difference Do It Make” is a savory blend of narratives colored by brief interludes that underscore the significant impact that one woman; Debra Hall had on the lives of thousands of people. The narratives bring greater depth to the meaning of Ron Hall and Denver Moore’s friendship, their personal trials and triumphs, and prove beyond doubt, that God will use anyone who opens their heart to Him to perform His work.
The book is a continuation of sorts; picking up where “Same Kind of Different as Me” left the reader. We follow Ron and Denver from the pits of despair where Ron is left wondering if anyone will ever read Debra’s story, to the wondrous truth that if you accept His will and leave your burdens in His hands, He will do incredible things. Peppered with short-stories about the many lives touched by “Same Kind”, the book does not fail in delivering this truth.
Debra Hall’s story is remarkable. Throughout both books, I journeyed through places of great joy, tremendous compassion and immense sadness. “Same Kind” moved me in such a way that upon finishing it, I simply left the book on my wife’s pillow with a post-it note attached saying “Please read. Perhaps one of the best books I’ve ever read.” My judgment was deemed correct two evenings later when she agreed with my assessment.
In no way do I want to spoil any part of either “Same Kind” or “What Difference” for you. So I will simply recommend that you obtain a copy of these two books, settle in with a nice hot cup of whatever it is you prefer to drink, and prepare to be there for a while. Because once you begin reading, you won’t want to stop.
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