Same Kind of Different As Me. Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent.
Thomas Nelson. March 2008. Paperback. 356 pages.
Same Kind of Different As Me is a true story of an unlikely friendship formed between two men from two different worlds, all because of one woman's obedience to the call God had for her life. Denver was raised in Louisiana as a modern day slave to "the Man". He worked hard as a sharecropper for nearly 30 years until he finally decided to jump on a train and leave the only life he knew, in search of a new one. Unfortunately, he ended up homeless and on the streets of Ft. Worth for 18 years.
Ron is a very successful and wealthy art dealer, who grew up on a farm in Fort Worth, Texas. He met his wife, Deborah, while attending college. She became a Christian after they were married and had a desire to help the homeless. She became involved in volunteering at a homeless shelter where she met Denver. Ron really didn't want to join her in this volunteer work, but he did anyway, just to please his wife. Deborah encouraged him to become friends with Denver. Even though neither one of them was too excited about this relationship, they eventually formed a friendship that would last a lifetime. The story takes a very sad turn in the end when Deborah is diagnosed with cancer. Their lives are changed forever and the outcome isn't what anyone could have ever imagined.
This is such an inspirational story and I loved it. I read "What Difference do it make" last year and I was so excited to have a chance to read this one too. I really liked how each chapter alternated between voices and in the beginning of the book you get a good look into Ron and Denver's lives before they met. It's amazing how someones heart can change through serving others in need. This book has a wonderful message of love, friendship, and hope. I would encourage anyone to grab a copy and see for themselves.
My Rating: 3/5
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