An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel...
A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream...
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it...
It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana and in 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, and a Texas ranch.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.
©2007 Ron Hall; (P)2007 Thomas Nelson
I try to stay away from abridged editions and should have with this one. This book was a selection by my bookclub...it's an easy listen, mostly because there is A LOT cut out of this abridged version. There were references to people that were never mentioned earlier and had me asking "who are they referring to?" I had to go out and actually buy the print edition and skimmed through to catch up on what I missed...which was quite a bit. Inspirational story (enjoyed even more by the religious members of our group.)
What a bittersweet story. I was enthralled from the get-go, my favorite way to start a book. This true story is told from two points of view. One, a 20th century "slave" in the deep south; the other, an affluent art dealer. After years working for "the man," the black man just walked off the plantation sometime in the 1960s. He did not know how to read or write. He did not know the US had been involved in several wars during his lifetime, including two world wars. He did not know he could have enlisted with the service, that he could have received an education, or anything else. To him, it was still slave times. He thought he was doing well when he lived in a two-room shack without heat or running water or electricity because he was at least able to provide for himself. However he never received a paycheck. Everything he received was on credit through the company store, to which he was forever in debt. He could never pay the debt off. Long story short, he meets the art dealer at a homeless shelter. Because of the art dealer's wife, he befriends the homeless man. The two have a profound life-altering effect on one another. But who is to say which one has the most profound effect?
I loved this audiobook. I loved the narrators. I loved the different points of view, and I love what I learned from it. I highly recommend it to just about anyone. But be forewarned. You won't want to stop once you start it.
Part of the reason I pick the books I do from Audible. com is so that I can be uplifted. I truly felt like I was changed after this book. I can certainly say I won't look at homelessness in the same way. I liked the relationship that Denver and Ron had and I feel liked I learned a lot from the relationship Denver had with God. Certainly a book that makes you think a little about our prejudices against Black/white, homelessness, and frankly even God. I liked the book.
The narrator did an excellent job. The story is amazing and true. It will touch your heart and make you see people and things a bit differently.
This is my first review on any book. The book is really moving and inspiring. The narrators were excellent. Its a must read! You will take a look at your own life and will see people in a different way. Please purchase and download ASAP.
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because it is an abridged version. The narrators do an excellent job of personifying Ron and Denver, and the story is moving and profound. You will be riveted, and if you let it, this memoir can make you a better person. I have also read "Same..." and don't understand why an unabridged version is not available, since the book is short.
Phenomenal story, perfect narration, life-changing experience. My daughter is a freshman at Mississippi State and the whole class was given this book to read this summer before starting classes this fall. I'm thankful to realize the depth of character of the administration to have chosen such a solid, heartwarming, real life book.
No matter what you believe about the big things of life, this story will greet you politely and then gradually hit you beside the head. I will give it as a gift to as many as I can. The audio is the best way to "read" it.
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