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


This book is a non-fiction book that tells the stories of two men and how their lives became intertwined just because of one remarkable woman. The story begins with each man’s childhood and some of the trials (or lack thereof) they faced. Denver is your typical slave. Growing up in a life that includes lots of hard work and very little earthly possessions. Ron begins life living in a home in which they paid people to do work like Denver. Life continues for each young man. Ron marries a young lady who is a fascinating woman. She gets him to volunteer at a food shelter with her. Together they work and help feed some of the homeless people in the area – one who is Denver. Denver is a very hard man who seems to balk at these people trying to help out. Debbie (Ron’s wife) encourages Ron to become friends with Denver. Ron does it to appease his wife, but it leads into something more. The story continues with their lives as friends as they go through various trials including hardships, cancer, and death.

 

This book was a very good read. I would highly recommend it to anyone. It is written in first-person. As you read the book, it feels as if you are in the same room as these men and they are telling you their stories. The book makes you emotionally attached to the characters and I found myself crying and laughing throughout the book. Overall, a very good book I would recommend.

The Shack by William P. Young


This book by William P. Young is about a man named Mack who takes his family on a camping trip. It is just like any other camping trip until something life-changing occurs – Mack’s daughter gets abducted by a murderer who is notorious for killing his abductees. After a long period of searching, Mack, his family, and the police all believe his daughter to have been killed. Mack and his family go back home and try to live life as normal as they can. One day while his wife is visiting a relative, he receives an unusual letter in the mail from “Papa.” (“Papa” is what his wife calls God.) The letter tells him to come back to the cabin where they believe his daughter was murdered. Mack goes to the cabin and has an unusual experience – he meets God there. The meeting at the cabin changes his life forever.

This book was a very easy read and kept me captivated the whole time. While I appreciate a few of the things that is tells about God, there are a lot of things that the author describes God as or has God do that does not seem to fit with the Biblical God. In the book God listens to “funk” music and tells Mack that it is not the music that matters but the “heart” behind the music (p. 89). The book also describes Jesus as a dependent, limited human being who was trusting God completely while on Earth (p. 98). God was limited through Jesus Christ (p. 99).  These are only scratching the surface of some of the aspects of God that do not describe the God of the Bible. I would not recommend this book to anyone to read due to its inaccuracies of God. If one were to read this book, I would highly encourage him to read it with caution.