I am taking Josie and JP to the movies this morning. We need to be out the door in 45 minutes, but instead of getting out of my pajamas or waking up my sweetie pie, I have got to tell you about the last book I read.
I finished The Same Kind Of Different As Me in three days. It was so good.
I'm not exactly sure what about the story reeled me in, but I loved it and it inspired me to get back on track with reaching out to the people who need it most.
I know I can't do the book justice in a paragraph review but it is basically about a rich white husband and wife who have made it big time in the art dealing business. The wife is not into all the materialistic things that come with being well off and feels that the Lord is calling her to serve at the homeless mission in the city.
They start off volunteering once a week and that turns into a full on ministry.
The story is about the husband reaching out to one hard to reach homeless man who was raised as a modern day slave.
The things they teach each other and the way the family accepts the man, Denver, into their own family is heartwarming.
The story has a lot of ups and downs. And it's a true story.
I love true stories.
I guess I liked it because it was real.
Andrew and I used to go feed the homeless at least a few times a year.
We'd get a big group of people, usually the kids in the youth group, and spend the morning making bagged lunches and decorating the bags with Scripture.
Then we'd head downtown to the parks where we knew the homeless made their home and hand them all out.
We'd talk with them and pray for them.
I was always scared and usually stood back a ways watching the girls to make sure they were safe.
After reading this book, I wonder how many opportunities I missed to impact someones life.
Or to have them impact mine.
I am now pumped up to get back out there and actually get involved this time.
I highly recommend this book. It was an easy read that really shows the importance of reaching out to people.
Even the ones you don't really want to.