Sunday, July 11, 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent

It’s almost impossible to pass a week without seeing a homeless person. We may pity them, blame them, or even give them a few bucks, but within a few moments, that homeless person fades from our thoughts.

Same Kind of Different as Me shows how a lifelong bond formed between a homeless black man and an affluent white family. Although Denver Moore grew up with loving grandparents, his young life was filled with tragedy: he was brutally attacked by a group of young white boys, and later witnessed his grandmother burn to death as they lived in virtual slavery. Without money or the ability to read, Denver hops a train and takes off to find a better life. He finds himself homeless and in and out of trouble with the police. He is cast away by society until he meets a mission volunteer named Deborah Hall. Denver slowly becomes friends with Deborah and her husband, Ron. Sadly, things take a sharp turn when Deborah is diagnosed with cancer.

This was one of the most touching books I have read in a long time. It shows readers a different side of homelessness: most homeless people started off just like us but did not have as good luck. One tragedy can cause anyone to end up on the streets. Still, the book reminds us, that this is all part of God’s plan. The authors even go on to tackle the topic of how God can let horrible things happen to great people. Same Kind of Different as Me is a must-read for anyone no matter if they are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, or spiritual or searching.

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 my own. 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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