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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Same Kind Of Different As Me

by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Book Description

This is a true story about three people's lives that should never have crossed and how God changed all that.

Ron: while his bottom line went up, his marriage went down.  The emptiness of his clients' lifestyle which he'd adopted (a world of millionaire art collectors in Armani suits and being an International Art Dealer) almost cost him his marriage. But through his wife and the Lord, he was led into an unexpected friendship that totally changed who he was and where he learned lessons about what real love and life are about.

Deborah, Ron's wife:  a little woman living in Dallas, TX, with everything the world could offer and never impressed by any of it. She threw herself into God when her marriage was in trouble, heard from Him and followed where He took her, changing the lives of her husband and a homeless black man, and her marriage, forever. Then she was diagnosed with cancer.

Denver:  living in the 1960's in plantation slavery in Louisiana, he finally escaped that world only to "move up" to a life of homelessness, for 18 years, on the streets of Dallas, TX. Could he ever trust a white man? What difference would a white woman showing God's love make? Could anything get through that tough exterior and melt his hard heart?

This is a true story that will change your life.

My Review

I haven't read a book that affected me like this one did for quite some time.  Powerful story.  Powerful message.  Life-changing.  I highly recommend it!  But, you have to stick with it in the beginning.  I almost didn't continue reading after the first few chapters. The book starts out slowly. Based on a true story, each chapter is written from one of the two authors' perspectives.  The first chapters, written first from Denver's, then Ron's, perspective go into the details of their diverse backgrounds, and aren't that pleasant to read.  They're details which must be told, don't get me wrong--they're the foundation of the story--but those first chapters felt a bit long, almost arduous to me.  (I made the mistake of trying to read it aloud to some of my family. Note: This is not a read-aloud.)  Just about the time I was asking myself, "Why am I reading this?" I got past all that, and without realizing it, was no longer reading, but was living the story with the characters.  I couldn't stop thinking about them:  Ron, Deborah, Denver, ...their lives, their relationships.  The story is about race, socioeconomic issues, yes, but for me, it was about marriage, love, friendship, true Christianity: what it means to love my husband, what it means when I say I'm your friend, what it means to be a Christian.  The emotions, the challenge, that "meeting" them had evoked, stayed with me for days.  Same Kind of Different As Me is a story about relationships, about love. I highly recommend this book.  I know it will touch you, and I think it may just change you, for the better. That's the ultimate compliment I can pay to the authors (and to the Lord Who wrote the story in their hearts and lives).

Go to one of these sites to preview the book and see ways to get it for yourself:

Same Kind Of Different As Me
Same Kind Of Different As Me Thomas Nelson

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are completely my own and were not influenced in any way by receiving this book free. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

I read this book a few months back for my monthly book club. It was fantastic!! It also led to a very lively discussion - especially since one of our women is a self-proclaimed "atheist." I think what touched me the most was Denver's story - what a "real-life" story about God's gracious, redeeming POWER!

Thanks for sharing!


August 4, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Yes, God's grace is certainly evident in this story! Another reason to love it.
Thanks, Sharon!
Have a great day!

August 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Awesome review.

August 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for sharing about this book. God can change lives in His wonderful ways and it is always amazing how He did it. It is a great mercy that He changed our lives, forgave us of sins and give us eternal life in Him! Praise Him.

Thanks for your visit, prayers and encouragements. Thank God that I am feeling much better and more functional now. Take care and God bless you always.

With love and prayers too,

August 5, 2010 at 1:50 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Praise God that you're feeling better! I've been missing you! I say Amen and am very grateful, too, for His soooo great mercy which saved me out of a pit of sin. I don't understand why He saved me out of all my unsaved relatives. (I think there was a wonderful Godly grandmother or someone who was praying for me somewhere down the line:) It truly is wonderful how He can take a life filled with sin and change that person! I never tire of hearing testimonies of that! Grateful that He continues to work on me, too.
Lots of Love, Nancie, and thanks for coming by!

August 5, 2010 at 7:01 AM  

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