Hall, R., Moore, D., & Vincent, L. (2006). Same kind of different as me. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. 9780849919107
Reasons for Reading: My Bible study wanted us to read a book over the summer when weren’t meeting as often. One lady suggested Same Kind of Different as Me for this purpose. Down the road, I learned that since I’m the only librarian in the group that I would have the pleasure of reviewing the book for the group. Thus, I checked out Same Kind of Different as Me from HCPL.
Summary: Born on a Louisiana plantation, Denver Moore grew up a virtual slave in the 1960s. Denver rides the rails and wanders aimlessly and lives on the streets of Ft. Worth, Texas. Then, there’s Ron Hall, an international arts dealer who’s accustomed to cavorting with millionaires. These two men are night and day; worlds apart. Yet, God uses Ron’s prayerful wife, Deborah to bring together these two very diverse individuals. It’s at her insistence that the Halls volunteer at a soup kitchen and it’s Deborah who tells Ron of a dream of a wise man saving the city. Their friendship grows despite many hardships as they come together to serve God. Despite their differences, both Denver and Ron are the same in that God loves them.
What I Liked: I liked that each man told his story in his own words. This seemed the most natural way to relate their stories. I appreciated getting perspectives from both Denver and Ron on the same situations.
What I Disliked: As this book goes in tandem between Denver and Ron, I wished the chapters had been prefaced with the narrator’s name. Also, not all editions have the picture section in the middle.
Four Out of Five Pearls
Setting: Louisiana, Ft. Worth
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