Jan 8, 2009

Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me

Two men from very different walks in life find themselves brought together through the providential work of God, and the prodding of a gutsy woman.

Poor and uneducated, Denver Moore grew up in virtual slavery on a Louisiana cotton plantation. Seeking a better life, he hops a train and finds himself on the streets, after a stay in the Louisiana’s Angola Prison. Denver views his life as a homeless man in Fort Worth, Texas as a step up in the world. He is a hard and dangerous man, but Deborah Hall, a volunteer with the homeless shelter, sees past his skin color, education level and rough characteristics and recognizes the potential of the man underneath.

International art dealer, Ron Hall, has moved up from his humble roots. Gone are the days of peddling soup cans. Used to the world of the rich and famous, Ron is not really excited about his wife’s desire to help the homeless of Fort Worth. He is even less enthused when she encourages him to make friends with a big, black, silent homeless man known as Denver.

This is an incredible, true story of these two men and their uncommon friendship. I love the way this book alternates between the voices of Ron and Denver. I could hear their distinct voices so clear, as I read. This is an amazing story. I did not agree with all of the theology in the book, but it did not take away from the excellent content of a true story that reads like fiction.

By the way... you may want a few tissues. I cried!

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