I enjoyed the book, but at the same time it was a little difficult for me. I really liked how it was compiled, it kept it interesting and it really helped you fully understand all the characters (do you still call them characters if they're all real people?).
My favorite parts of the book were all the excerpts of the Reb's sermons. He was truly an inspired man. My favorite was the story about how the little girl was trying to get her mother's attention and she never looked up and her daughter kept asking for her to listen. The mother finally said, "Yes, dear I'm listening" to which the daughter said, "But your not listening with your eyes". The Reb was always finding inspirational ways to teach.
Another big eye opener was when Henry was in prison and opened the Bible to the exact scripture that he truly needed at that point in his life. As members of the church we talk about this all the time. I know that all people are blessed with the light of Christ. This example of Henry's experience was just further Testament to me that we have a loving caring father in heaven. This was also expressed through the comparison of Henry and the Reb, they had so much in common - such as their passion and faith - yet they were worlds apart.
Over all I think the book was good, I don't know if I'd call it great. My biggest, I guess beef, was that the whole time I was reading I was just waiting for Mitch to have some kind of change. I think he may have been impacted, but at the same time, maybe he just found something good to write about and make some mula. He never really seemed like he ever got it. He just acted as if he was an observer throughout the whole book, never really a participant. It was like I was waiting for him to have that grand aHa and decide to do things differently, but he never really did.
And truly this is more realistic, because so often in life we are given outstanding examples and experiences, but that doesn't guarantee and impact in our persona.
Anyhow, those were my jumbled thoughts.
QUESTION: Wouldn't it be awkward if some guy asked you questions recording you speaking for years, I would have a hard time with that.
**side comment - i feel kind of dumb, but I didn't realize that Henry Covington was black until I saw the picture in the back. The whole time I was reading I just kept thinking that's weird that an entirely black congregation had a white pastor...