Same Kind Of Different As Me
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
This is a true story about three people’s lives that should never have crossed and how God changed all that.
Ron: while his bottom line went up, his marriage went down. The emptiness of his clients’ lifestyle which he’d adopted (a world of millionaire art collectors in Armani suits and being an International Art Dealer) almost cost him his marriage. But through his wife and the Lord, he was led into an unexpected friendship that totally changed who he was and where he learned lessons about what real love and life are about.
Deborah, Ron’s wife: a little woman living in Dallas, TX, with everything the world could offer and never impressed by any of it. She threw herself into God when her marriage was in trouble, heard from Him and followed where He took her, changing the lives of her husband and a homeless black man, and her marriage, forever. Then she was diagnosed with cancer.
Denver: living in the 1960’s in plantation slavery in Louisiana, he finally escaped that world only to “move up” to a life of homelessness, for 18 years, on the streets of Dallas, TX. Could he ever trust a white man? What difference would a white woman showing God’s love make? Could anything get through that tough exterior and melt his hard heart?
This is a true story that will change your life.
I haven’t read a book that affected me like this one did for quite some time. Powerful story. Powerful message. Life-changing. I highly recommend it! But, you have to stick with it in the beginning. I almost didn’t continue reading after the first few chapters. The book starts out slowly. Based on a true story, each chapter is written from one of the two authors’ perspectives. The first chapters, written first from Denver’s, then Ron’s, perspective go into the details of their diverse backgrounds, and aren’t that pleasant to read. They’re details which must be told, don’t get me wrong–they’re the foundation of the story–but those first chapters felt a bit long, almost arduous to me. (I made the mistake of trying to read it aloud to some of my family. Note: This is not a read-aloud.) Just about the time I was asking myself, “Why am I reading this?” I got past all that, and without realizing it, was no longer reading, but was living the story with the characters. I couldn’t stop thinking about them: Ron, Deborah, Denver, …their lives, their relationships. The story is about race, socioeconomic issues, yes, but for me, it was about marriage, love, friendship, true Christianity: what it means to love my husband, what it means when I say I’m your friend, what it means to be a Christian. The emotions, the challenge, that “meeting” them had evoked, stayed with me for days. Same Kind of Different As Me is a story about relationships, about love. I highly recommend this book. I know it will touch you, and I think it may just change you, for the better. That’s the ultimate compliment I can pay to the authors (and to the Lord Who wrote the story in their hearts and lives).
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