Sep 29, 2009

What difference do it make?

A few months ago, I read Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. It was a great book and renewed my desire to volunteer locally. I just finished this book yesterday and was probably a little over excited when I read in one of the chapters about the woman who developed Blessing Banks! Did you read my last post on here?! Had I read the "About Us" section on the website, I would have been expecting this, but I didn't. I admit that I was so excited about the concept, I posted it to share with you all and didn't even do my research. Sorry friends! The good news, is that it's still a SUPER great wonderful thing and you should still totally buy one for a friend! Or you own child. :)

Back to the book, it also mentions a family that adopted a little boy from Ethiopia. Turns out, I remember visiting this family's blog because they had their blog designed by Nikki, the same person I who did mine!

All this to say, it's not only a small world, it's a tiny one! I truly do believe in six degrees of separation. Oh the stories I could tell you about how Hope Aid's directors in Uganda met with a man from Duke University while he was visiting Kampala and how this Rev. Duke Professor apparently knew our assistant rector very well! Or how in the middle of a rural Tanzanian village, I met up with two mzungus from Raleigh... but I digress.

What Difference Do It Make isn't a sequel or second book to the original story, however it is a follow up to the rest of the story. It chronicles some amazing tales of people who were motivated to do more after reading Same Kind of Different As Me. It is a quick read with short chapters and it's a great book to pass along to friends. While you wouldn't have to read the first book to understand the second, it would be good to do...

Same Kind of Different As Me is by far one of my favorite books.... check out both of them!


Abbie H. said...

Ohhh, I'm going to have to pick it up. I didn't realize it was out already. That and Crazy Love still.

Love all your thoughts lately. Sounds like your hitting some deep spots!

GinSpaghetti said...

You still haven't gotten Crazy Love?! You DO realize that I only recommend really good books, right? :P ha!!!! I think Jill would agree with me on CL. Did you see the balance beam clip on YouTube? SO good!

Jill Foley said...

cant' wait to read both of these...


Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law just called me and told me to look at your blog...she found it through a book review for What Difference do it Make? My name is Mandy and I am so flattered you used our banks in your blog!! I can't even believe it! Email me back at and I will send you one and a blessing bag, too!

PS we must be on the same book rotation:) Crazy Love was AMAZING....

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question."
You don't change the world by trying to change the world; you change the world by changing yourself.
-Gerry Straub