A Profound, Uplifting Book!
Our Southern Breeze by Daphene Jones
with Andrea Taylor, Ph.D.
This book made a profound impact on me because my childhood and a small portion of my adult life were so similar to the story.
I urge anyone battling, or who has battled, with childhood abuse and deep depression while wondering where God is through it all to read this book!
I decided to reprint this review when I saw Same Kind of Different As Me had been made into a movie. I haven’t read Same Kind of Different As Me. However, if the book and/or film is even half of what Our Southern Breeze is, it will be great.
Our Southern Breeze is an amazing story of heartaches, failures, sickness, deaths and triumphs.
The first quarter (approximately) of the book deals with the early childhood of Daphene and her twin, Deborah, along with their older sister, Gretchen. The last three-quarters of the book chronicle her life and how she came to feel “her” southern breeze. Deborah’s story of hope will resonate with everyone.
Daphene and her twin, Deborah, experienced heartbreaking abuse at the hands of their father while growing up. Even though Daphene treads delicately and lightly through the abuse she and her twin suffered throughout their childhood, she still paints a harrowingly chilling and horrendous picture. Their older sister, Gretchen, was the “princess,” while the twins suffered from their father’s demons. Because of this, and secrets they couldn’t even admit to themselves, they were all three estranged as adults.
Deborah invited Daphene to a Christian conference held in 1990 that became a life changer for both sisters. While there they were approached by a person who told them they would soon encounter their summer breeze from God. The story then unfolds with God’s goodness and kindness over each twin’s life.
As you follow their inspirational journey, you sometimes forget it is a real story, as you are so drawn into Daphene and Deborah’s lives. Albeit the paths for each sister were very dissimilar, you can see God’s hand over their entire journey.
You will be uplifted, brought to tears, to your knees and left in awe of God’s mighty power. Any reader can be stirred and moved by Daphene’s account of her and her twin’s lives. However, some images, in the beginning, may be distressful for abuse victims.
Same Kind of Different As Me is a book which chronicles parts of Deborah’s life. Because I was deeply touched on many, many levels by Our Southern Breeze, I’m looking forward to reading it, too. Our Southern Breeze is a story that won’t soon leave your heart. Give yourself plenty of time to read and digest this book. (You’ll need a box of tissues, too!)
This book was provided for me Free by BookCrash in exchange for an unbiased opinion.
In Our Southern Breeze, Daphene Jones tells the story about her life as the twin sister of Deborah Hall of “Same Kind of Different as Me”. She knew Deborah like no one else could. And the story she tells is like no other story. At the Anaheim Vineyard conference in 1990, God promised to send a southern breeze over Deborah and Daphene. Neither of them could have imagined what that would look like or how many other people would eventually be touched by the promised breeze. This is their story of overcoming even the darkest times of life through redemption, forgiveness, and second chances.
As she shares her heart through this story, her prayer is that God will heal the deep hurts that many are carrying. What she kept hearing as she worked on this book is that God is a God of Second Chances.