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A Man Called Norman Mass Market Paperback – 1989

4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Word Publishing; First Edition edition (1989)
  • ASIN: B002M5AC9A
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Norman was the neighborhood "weirdo" - a bachelor old man whose personal hygiene and interactions with others left something to be desired!! The author moved into the house across the street, not realizing Norman lived across the way! Horrified at first, he eventually decides to reach out to Norman and befriend him. The result is the "unforgettable story of an uncommon friendship"! A touching and inspiring true story about loving your neighbor - even if they are different in some way! More people should know about this book.
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God will place you in the most amazing situations and this book is proof that God will take you out of your comfort zone. Awesome story of Love, giving and more.. It shows the true meaning of "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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I first was introduced to this true story by the author telling the story to an audience on DVD. He is a master storyteller and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then I read the book and enjoyed it just as much. I can't understand why there are only two reviews. I believe many thousands were exposed to the story on DVD and it was commonly discussed for months when it was first released. The only thing I can figure out is that many did not know it was also available in book form so never purchased it.
In any case, it describes one of the most remarkable friendships I've ever known. Norman seems so hopelessly backward that he will die with no friends, no caring relatives, indeed, nothing to live for whatsoever. But then he meets a friend and eventually meets the Friend who created us and loves us more than we know.
Buy this book and read it. You may never be quite the same again.
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Good book with a great life lesson about a man trying to do good by God by witnessing to his neighbors in general but finding more out about himself than he thought was possible.

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If there's anyone who's ever heard Mike Adkins tell this story, live or via tape, you've gotta have this book. I heard him talk about his times with Norman from a tape that was able to listen to in 6th grade which was about 10 years ago. What this book does is it takes the story of Norman and tells it more in-depth and it's more personal as far as explaining Norman's spiritual growth, and also Mike's spiritual growth as he helped Norman accept the gift God had fore him. For anyone who's ever heard Mike speak, and for anyone who's ever heard of Mike's story in general, get this book.
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I first heard this story on the Focus on the Family broadcast, and it was one of those stories that just made me stop and pay full attention to it. A man secure in his life, and a man desperately broken down from years of neglect and mean-spiritedness - only God could have paired them, and sustained their relationship. I remember reading a comment once written by Oswald Chambers in 'My Utmost for His Highest' that said, 'it isn't within a man to sustain a relationship - God is the beginner and sustainer of a true friendship' and this was certainly proved in this true story. I love how God is so unconventional - how He knows just exactly what is right for each life, which is probably why He tells us not to judge others. We don't know what has made a person the way they are, and what further damage we do to them by leveling our own judgments at them. I love the honesty of the story too, how much we want to be 'secure' and to feel safe and really struggle with letting another's problems in. This story has inspired me to be more proactive in the lives of people who need extra love. Wonderful story - not just the story, but wonderful message. Thanks for taking the time to write it.
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From the first chapter to the end, this book really grabs your heart. This is not some sort of theoretical treatise, but a hard-hitting lesson for us all. In our age of narcissism and callousness to the plight of others, this book is a much-needed lesson.

What is the essence of the Christian faith? What does it really mean, in practice, to love one another?

Well, if you read this book, you will find out. A review cannot do justice to this book. You would have to have a heart of stone to not be moved by this wonderful, true story.
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A MAN CALLED NORMAN is about 2 men. I is middle-class with nice home, clothes, family, nice car,etc. The second is an older man, widower, in need, "rough around the edges", very little money, living in a home in need of a lot of cleaning and fixing up.

How the first man comes to love the second is a heartwarming, tears falling story. Taken under the first man's wing, Norman becomes a child of God. It shows how not to judge someone until you get to know them. Norman is very rich today, and not monetaryily. Read it for yourself.
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