Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together - eBook
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
Availability: In Stock
Courtney3 Stars Out Of 5Same Kind of Different As MeMarch 19, 2015CourtneyQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have to admit something. I normally don't enjoy reading nonfiction. I'm not drawn to it and when I do read it, often a book takes me months and months to finish. Unfortunately, this book wasn't any different.
This true story is about two men, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, and their unlikely friendship. The book chronicles the lives of each man in alternating chapters, provide a unique perspective about the friendship as you read their story. Denver lets us peek into his life as a slave on a cotton plantation and gives us a glimpse into the reality of being homeless. Ron provides us with commentary about his feelings toward homeless individuals and the part that his wife played in changing his heart toward this population.
The topic of this book is important, yet difficult for individuals to talk about. I appreciate the authors taking time to recount their story and emphasize to the audience how important it is to think about these things and work through your biases on the matter. Getting to know an individual who may seem very different from you could lead to a beautiful friendship -- or at least a better understanding of others.
Nellie DeeStone Lake, WIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful Read!February 11, 2015Nellie DeeStone Lake, WIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story is about two men (Ron Hall and Denver Moore) and and how their lives came together through the impact of one woman's dream and faith. Her love and compassion transformed the homeless living on the streets of Fort Worth, Texas.
This book captured me from the very first sentence. It was an easy read as it was very well written and structured. The authors switched from one character to the other throughout the book to show how their lives paralleled and to tell their own take on the story. There was only one time I was a bit confused about who was writing but only because the beginning of their lives were so similar.
I have to say that I felt very humbled by the book. I've jokingly made comments about living under a bridge because of our own shaky circumstances, but I think I will refrain from doing so now. It's probably not as easy to survive as I'd naively assumed. I was horrified to realize that there was still slavery in the 60's. Perhaps the south had their way of justifying it, but it looked, smelled and walked like slavery.
I was humbled by the fact that Denver's life actually improved after leaving his plantation life and that he found homelessness to be an improvement. I was humbled by how dedicated and committed he was to pray every night through the whole night for the life of the one woman who showed him unconditional love. I was inspired to pray for an increase in my own prayer life.
I loved this book on every level (for it's inspiration and encouragement about the redemptive and transformational power of unconditional love) and consider it a must read book!
wally5 Stars Out Of 5Same Kind of Different as MeJanuary 29, 2015wallyI found this book easy to read, but packed with thought provoking words enough so that after a year, I have re-read an ail use it for small group. Great teaching points!
Zona Mcfarland5 Stars Out Of 5gets your attentionJanuary 9, 2015Zona McfarlandQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent! Hard to put down. I have already passed it on. Its all about the 2nd commandment
VirginiaNebraskaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting, good bookDecember 30, 2014VirginiaNebraskaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was published in 2006 and I was intrigued by it. When a friend at church recommended it to the leadership, and thought everyone should read it, I was even more intrigued.
This book, written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, spent three years on the New York Times Bestseller list. It is the story of an unlikely friendship. A friendship that crossed barriers, prejudices.
Ron Hall is a white man. He grew up poor, found a job as an investment banker, and then moved to owning his own company. He became an international art dealer.
Denver Moore is a black man, born to sharecroppers. Living one step ahead of starvation and then later one step ahead of the law. Homeless.
Deborah Hall brought these men together through her love for Jesus Christ. She volunteered to serve at the Union Gospel Mission where the homeless would go to get a meal and hear about Jesus. Denver came. He resisted the friendship Debbie offered, resisted the friendship Ron offered.
But he couldn't resist the friendship Jesus offered.
Tragedy struck. Denver was sure Ron would release him from their friendship. Ron was just as sure he wouldn't.
This is their story.
I am not entirely sure how to write my review. The book was good. It was great to see the world through their eyes, to see each other as they saw the other. I realized anew that prejudice and racism have no skin color. No one has a corner on that market. I learned it's an easy trap to fall into.
I give this book 4.5 turning pages.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (Thomas Nelson) for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
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