Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tonight I finished this book. Most people would call this a "fast read". I think I am officially stating I don't like the term "fast read". For me there is no such thing as a fast read, I am a slow reader and that is it. I am a slow learner, slow runner and slow mover (in the mornings). I am just slow and am claiming my "slowness" What a weird word, slow, slow, slow.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book even though it took me half way through to really get into it. Here is a great video clip about the book along with the last paragraph of the book spoken by one of the two authors - really great words and worth a lookie look.

When I read I turn up the bottom pages if there is a quote I want to go back to. There were a few for me in this book, but I thought that this was a great pondering one around Thanksgiving time.

this quote is from the author who was homeless for the first 70 years of his life.

"Most people don't want the homeless close to em - think they're dirty, or got some kind disease, or maybe they think that kind of troubled life gon' rub off on em. they come at Christmas and Easter and Thinksgivin and you a little turkey and lukewarm gravy. Then they go home and gather round their own table and forget about you till the next time come around where they feeling a little guilty 'cause they got so much to be thankful for. "
Denver Moore

So if you want what most call a fast read during the week of Thanksgivin' this is a great one.

Has anyone read or heard of this book?


Holly said...

I've heard goooood things about it and it's been sitting in my to-read stack waiting patiently for me to notice it. After your review I think I'll make a beeline for it.

Hey, fast or slow--it DOES NOT MATTER (just like running, ya know).

Lauralee said...

oh just reading that one quote, I need to read this book... it will have to wait till the end of this term though I will put a request on it right now at my library! thanks!

Jill said...

Even when I have books that I think will be fast reads, they never are!

I haven't heard of this book, but I'll check into it.

Stacy said...

I'm a long-time lurker (we talked on the phone about sewing a few years ago) and LOVE your blog.

This book is enough to bring me out of lurkdom :)

I had the honor of attending a luncheon where Ron and Denver were the speakers in Durham, NC. They were kind, warm and passionate about the plight of the homeless. Denver said he didn't understand why people were involved with so much Bible studyin' and not more Bible doin'. I could go on and on...

(Take your time, too :)

stacy{s} said...

I read it for a couples book group. Very interesting and a great discussion. It did change how I view homeless people, realizing that they are people just like me. Loved reading it while I lived in Dallas too. Made it all the more real. Glad you kept at it...just like a marathon, right?

deidra said...

One of my dearest friends while in DC was a homeless man. He brightened my walk from Union Station to the Senate Office Buildings, met my family, shared his life, followed my goings-on and enriched my life. I loved that man, even though he often smelled and was incoherent.

It's strange that I still turn away when I see homeless people. Looks like a book I need to read.

michelle said...

This is also on my to-read list!

And that comment about Bible readin' vs. Bible doin'. How's that for some heavy food for thought?

michelle said...

p.s. You're a READER, Kristi!! And it makes me so happy.

Shelly said...

I saw this post this morning and bought the book this afternoon.

HOpe it doesn't sit in my "read me next" pile too long.

Heather said...

Stacy, your long time lurker, who commented above sent it to me for my birthday last year. It is an amazing that I have passed on to many friends.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorites!! I loved it. Read it in three days and cried. Jenn. F