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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
Read the critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller with more than one million copies in print. Same Kind of Different as Me was a major motion picture release by Paramount in fall 2017.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.
Meet Denver, raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana until he escaped the "Man" in the 1960s by hopping a train. Non-trusting, uneducated, and violent, he spent another 18 years on the streets of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Meet Ron Hall, a self-made millionaire in the world of high priced art deals -- concerned with fast cars, beautiful women, and fancy clothes.
And the woman who changed their lives -- Miss Debbie: "The skinniest, nosiest, pushiest, woman I ever met, black or white." She helped the homeless and gave of herself to all of "Gods People," and had a way of knowing how to listen and helping others talk and be found until cancer strikes.
Same Kind of Different as Me is a tale told in two unique voices Ron Hall & Denver Moore weaving two completely different life experiences into one common journey where both men learn "whether we is rich or poor or something in between this earth aint no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless-just workin our way toward home."
The story takes a devastating twist when Deborah discovers she has cancer. Will Deborah live or die? Will Denver learn to trust a white man? Will Ron embrace his dying wife's vision to rescue Denver? Or will Denver be the one rescuing Ron? There's pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphal story that readers will never forget.
Continue this story of friendship in What Difference Do It Make?: Stories of Hope and Healing, available now. Same Kind of Different as Me also is available in Spanish.
Ron Hall has dedicated much of the last ten years of his life to speaking on behalf of, and raising money for, the homeless. Formerly an international art dealer, Ron is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and writer/producer of the Paramount/Pure Flix film Same Kind of Different as Me. A Texas Christian University graduate, Ron was honored in 2017 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to traveling and speaking, Ron and his wife, Beth, run the Same Kind of Different as Me foundation (SKODAM.org), which meets emergency needs for those who are less fortunate.
Denver Moore served as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission until his death in March 2012.
Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer ofHeaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn has sold 12 million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
nonnamaryville, tnAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exceeded ExpectationsMay 28, 2015nonnamaryville, tnAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a true story told by the men who authored this book. The story goes back and forth between them. Denver grew up in Louisiana. He and his family were sharecroppers and picked cotton, shopped at the company store,and lived in a shack. Times changed, and the landowners no longer needed people like Denver to pick cotton. Hopping a train, he made his way to Fort Worth, Texas.
Ron grew up with privilege and education. He met and married Deborah. They had two children and raised them in Fort Worth, Texas. He traveled all over the world buying and selling artwork to very wealthy people.
A friend of Ron and Deborah invited them to a Bible Study they held in their home. Eventually, they both became Christians. Deborah heard about a mission in the city that needed donors. She and Ron started going every Tuesday to help serve meals to the homeless. Deborah was more committed than Ron, but he went along not knowing how involved the two of them would become.
One of the men who came to the mission was Denver. This is a story of how three people came to know each other, and how they came to know Christ. Their lives were forever radically changed.
People tend to feel very good about helping poor homeless people when it is on their own terms. Seeing homeless everyday and interacting with them on a regular basis is something else. We believe we are doing them a huge favor, and they should be grateful. We don't always see that we are condescending and judgmental. Giving away your cast-offs and parting with a little of your money may not be enough after reading this book.
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
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