Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

I just finished reading this inspirational and emotionally gripping true story of faith and friendship and would recommend it to anyone.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning and wouldn't let go. The story starts out on a plantation in Louisiana where we met Denver Moore. He was raised in virtual slavery of picking cotton for "the Man", we learn about the hardships and unbelievable living conditions that he was raised and lived in until his mid twenties when he then hopped a freight train. Ending up in Fort Worth, Texas he was homeless and learned how to be mean and dangerous in order to survive on the streets. At the same time the book starts in an East Texas town where we met Ron Hall, a lower class boy who works his way up in the art world to become an upscale art dealer. As the story unfolds we get a glimpse of these two men's lives and how they become unlikely friends. Through pain and suffering this book retells how God's light can shine in the darkest places.
Ron's wife Debbie convinces Ron that they should start serving at the homeless shelter after a dream she had. In another dream, she sees a man, Denver, who will change the city and she convinces Ron to be his friend. At this point, Denver doesn't have nor want any friends. It is a powerful look into two lives as both men are changed but unconditional love and God's grace. This book is a great picture of how we should love our neighbors. An incredible true story!

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