This memoir presented some really good discussion, especially about religion (viewpoints, stereotypes, hypocrisy, and image).
The novel is written in a back and forth chapter manner in order to link the reader with the main characters, Ron and Denver. The beginning of the novel presents some confusion for the reader, as she figures out the characters and their connections to each other and society. However, this confusion is worked out quickly, and many readers enjoyed the emotional, albeit a bit stereotypical, story.
This inspirational novel shows the growth of a white man, Ron Hall, that is brought about by a black, homeless man Denver. Their unlikely friendship began through the prodding of Hall's wife, Deborah, whose excruciating battle with cancer brought readers to tears.
Readers also discussed the prejudice that was evident in the novel and that prejudice is not just a skin color issue, but involves all type of areas such as religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and economic status. Many times, prejudice is bred by hatred, but it is also taught--sometimes not purposefully. At times, prejudice is also ignorance or a lack of exposure. Finally, fear is a huge motivator of prejudice because self-preservation outweighs all other considerations.