Saturday, January 30, 2010

52 Books in 52 Weeks: Same Kind of Different as Me


Wow. I don't even know how else to begin my thoughts on this book. I read this because it's the Bloom Book Club pick, and Angie and Jessica rave about it so much I knew it had to be great.

You know how sometimes you hear so much about a book or movie that when you finally delve in yourself, the build-up was just too much and you're left disappointed? Well, I wouldn't go quite that far with this book, but the first 100 pages I was kind of like - eh, yeah, it's good. But dang, it's not THAT good!

Then. Ohhh man. It gets GOOD, friend. It really did become a book I could not put down. I was lying in my bed sobbing. Literally, I got up to go to the restroom and my eyes were red in their sockets. Alif finally came to bed at 12:19 and I didn't want to keep him up all night with my bawling and everything, so I closed it up and went to sleep. I finished it the next morning, bright and early. LOL

The basic storyline is two lives become entangled - Denver, a modern-dady slave, and Ron, an art dealer with loads of money. It's the kind of relationship that could only be ordained by God, and the story - which is all true! - plays out as only a divinely appointed story can.

Inspiring? Soulful? Entertaining? Heart-wrenching? Lovely? Moving? Check - and so much more. I loved it so much that I finished it three days ago and I haven't picked up a book (except the Bible) since. It needs to just resonate with me a while. Read it.

6 comments:

  1. Well, you've convinced me! It's going on the to-read list.

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  2. There are 19 holds on that book! Holy Cow. Do you own it? Because if you do, I might be begging to borrow it.

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  3. I felt that way (the beginning of your post) about The SHack. It was one of those "eh, it was ok, but....." sort of books for me.

    Glad to hear this one turned out to be good. I haven't read it yet, but want to!

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  4. so glad you enjoyed the book!

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  5. Thank you for mentioning Same Kind of Different as Me on your blog! I work with Thomas Nelson, and we would love to follow your blog and hear what readers think of this moving book. I also want to let you know that Ron and Denver have just released a new book What Difference Do It Make? which updates readers on their activity since the first book came out. Please contact me with your mailing address if you are interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the new book for review on your site at your convenience.

    Thanks!

    Jodi Hughes
    pubintern@thomasnelson.com

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