Although I can’t remember who, there was someone who had mentioned this book to me a while back. Â I recently picked it up as a diversion from some of the other types of books I’m currently reading. Â Great decision!
The book is a sort of memoir written from the first person perspective of two men. Â Broken up into short chapters recounting the journey of their lives and eventual friendship, I was quickly drawn into their individual stories. Â I really enjoyed the writing style as it seemed to genuinely reflect the stark differences between these two guys. Â Making it all the more powerful for me was the fact that this is a work of non-fiction.
The essence of the story is one of friendship, faith and belief in the value of people. Â You couldn’t have selected more unlikely characters to find their way into each others lives. Â A successful white businessman and a homeless, uneducated black man from the plantations of the South and an era that seems as if it should have been at least 100 years ago. Â Destiny reached into their worlds and changed them both forever.
There were several moments in the book that moved me deeply. Â Some of the profound observations grabbed me and may never release my soul from the truth within them. Â Reading their story has reminded me of how comfortable I’ve chosen to live and challenged me to look again at what I am and am not doing to love everyone in my path.
An easy read and an easy recommendation. Â Give this book a go…you won’t be disappointed.
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.
An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.
A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.
It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.