Book Reviews, Reading

Book Review – What Difference Do It Make?

A word of caution to myself for the future – if  you review a book that has a clear connection to a previous volume, read said previous volume before reading the review book.

Why this word of caution? Because when I started reading What Difference Do It Make? by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent, it was immediately clear to me that I had missed the first inning of the game. Most of the book is connected to some unread previous book called Same Kind of Different As Me. Portions are letters written in respond to this other book and the authors make constant reference to passages in it – passages I have not read.

Without the background of the previous book, it is hard for me to review What Difference Do It Make? Trying to ignore the missing bits of information, I journeyed with Ron and Denver in their quest to end homelessness through understanding and community involvement.

Certainly, I can agree with their premise, and I found myself saying ‘amen’ to many of the calls to action in the book. The style was very personal, possibly even too personal because it really becomes about Ron and Denver and not about the larger problem that they are trying to draw attention to. Denver’s passages are written in a style I take to be a transcription of his actual speech patterns, although at times I felt it was a little overdone.

All in all, not a bad book but also nothing life-changing.


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