“What Difference Do It Make?” by Ron Hall

In essence, What Difference Do It Make is a retelling of the first text, with expansions and additions of “stories of hope and healing.” I don’t want to give too much away, but this guides us through the lives and pain of Ron and Denver, seeing part of their original text, with much more information added in, after the fact, that helps complete the story. Overall, this book is, more than anything else, about hope.

 

This book was quite a challenge to accept in many ways. Before I started reading this book, I had a discussion with some men I am discipling. We were talking about our concerns helping the homeless because they may use what we give them for sin addictions. After reading this book, I cannot say the same. Y’shua said that we are to give of anyone who begs, and for those who would ask a coat, give them also our tunic. I have learned that we need to give to the least of these, as if entertaining angels. Secondly, it isn’t helping them. It is blessing them. To help them would get them out of there entirely, but requires us to get quite dirty on our own end as well.That, and the fact that if the church stepped up and did what they have been called to do, there would be no homeless situation.

 

Biblically-based, rooted in scripture, and of sound foundations, I support this book for those either looking for a hopeful tale or need a serious wake-up call about how we are to help the homeless.

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“The Noticer” by Andy Andrews

“The Noticer,” by Andy Andrews, is a simple fictional story about a man named Jones. Not Mr. Jones, just Jones. He calls himself a Noticer, someone gifted in noticing things in life – very much so from a different perspective than those in the situation. He travels through several individual’s lives during the book, narrated by the first person mentioned in the story. While we never get to see Jones’ perspective at every situation, or truly discover who he is, there are suggestions that lead you to a story similar to the Holy Bible…

 

Excellently written, this story includes a “group study” section in the back for use in small groups. That being said, this is a great read that is simple to understand and brief, while allowing a deeper understanding for those looking behind the scenes. Overall plot, characters, scenery, etc., permitted me to visualize the story taking place, as if I were a participant. Not many books give me the perspective of the narrator, however, at times this one did.

 

Overall, the message was inspiring and excellent. Andy writes this book as if it was him at an earlier age, and at some points I wonder if it is fiction at all…in fact, with the resources provided for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers, there was the statement, “based on a remarkable true story.” This is something I would love to investigate more in the future.

 

Written in a manner that contains the Gospel, without direct references to the Gospel, this book also allows perspective for those not connected in the church or Christianity – even with the provision of the Love Languages Gary Chapman presents, yet in a simpler, easier to apply, format.

 

I give this book the green light for people to read, and I have been recommending this book to several individuals. The idea that I started reading on my Kindle, and found myself having difficulty putting it down…that is a very good thing.

 

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