In these days of partisan politics, angry mobs, shouting congressmen and rising racial tension, “What Difference Do It Make?” offers an oasis of peace and good will. Although Hall told me this book seemed more difficult to write than “Same Kind of Different as Me,” the struggle was not in vain.
You needn’t have read “Same Kind of Different as Me” to appreciate “What Difference Do It Make?” Hall and Moore share updates of their lives, retaining the format used in the first book, with each man speaking in his own voice and style. Hall details the journey of his relationship with his alcoholic father. Moore delights readers with his keen recollections of his visit to White House, a kiss from former First Lady Barbara Bush and his meeting with her son, President George W. Bush.
Hall told me the two men have raised over $32 million for homeless projects, telling their story over 500 times in 200 cities during the past three years. They also witnessed the completion of the expansion project of the Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth, where their incredible story began after Hall’s late wife, Debbie, had a vision of the future – a future than included the forever friendship between the millionaire couple and the homeless man who would bring a great message of hope and healing to their city.
Woven between the updates are inspirational stories of people who are making a difference in their communities. Sorting through the thousands of e-mails from readers must have been a chore for the book’s editors, but they did a good job in selecting moving stories that make the reader want to get up off the couch, roll up their sleeves and get to work making a difference themselves.
Hopefully, “What Difference Do It Make?” will touch the lives of a whole new group of readers, sell a million copies, stay on the New York Times Bestseller list for 75 consecutive weeks like its predecessor and help advocates for the homeless to raise another $32 million across the country. The world needs more stories of courage, determination and the true meaning of unconditional love.
Well done, Ron and Denver, our good and faithful servants.
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