Sunday, August 8, 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Same Kind of Different as Me is told in the alternating first person accounts of Denver Moore, a homeless man, and Ron Hall, a wealthy art dealer. The first half of the book lays the groundwork of each man's "roots" and the events that shaped his life--for good or ill. Through the encouragement of Ron’s wife, Deborah, the Halls begin volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission and subsequently meet Denver. Each man learns from the other and their story of how God redeemed, forgave and taught each of them through the other is nothing short of amazing.

This book really helped me see the subtle prejudices I have held against others. Hearing Denver’s story and how he survived a horrendous background, really gives the reader a glimpse into the tragedies that may lie just beneath the surface of someone else’s life. While Ron may have started out thinking he was “helping” others, he found as much if not more help for himself.
Mixed throughout the book are a number of nuggets of Denver's wisdom--someone with virtually no formal education but with a surprising grasp of truth. I highly recommend this book (provided you have a box of tissue close at hand). You’ll have much to ponder and much to challenge you in your Christian walk.

For more information about this book or to purchase, visit Thomas Nelson Publishers . The book retails for $21.99.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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