Book Review: "What Difference Do It Make?"

by Anna Blanch on February 16, 2010

What Difference Do It Make? is the follow-up to the Best-seller, Same Kind of Different as Me (2006).

The press materials for the book begin with this precis:

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana… and an East Texas honky-tonk… and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda… an upscale New York Gallery… a downtown dumpster… a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

If you want heart-felt stories about those who choose to give to those in need then this might just be a book for you. I have to admit I shed a few tears while reading short stories about small children who see or hear about need and respond.

It is also the story of Ron Hall’s childhood. Hall, an international art dealer, and his late wife Debbie, committed to the friendship with a homeless man they met in Fort Worth. It is a story of finding ways to bridge the gap between poverty and extreme wealth in focusing on basic needs.

It is the story of the poor in Texas. It is a narrative designed and written to provoke an emotional response. It shows humanity at its best and worst. It is real and raw. The first story Same Kind of different as Me was focused on the development of the friendship between Ron and Debbie and Denver Hall – this one looks at how their lives have changed and the impact of the first book including the responses of readers, meetings with George W Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush, and other experiences resulting from the publicity surrounding the book.

The official website has a raft of information including calendars of speaking arrangements, supporting materials including video interviews with the authors. This book was on the New york Times bestseller list for some time and may serve as a nice gift.

** The book was provided free to Goannatree for review **** No other compensation was provided. Here’s a link to the What Difference Do It Make? Publisher page.

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