Book #21: Same Kind of Different As Me

This book was literally put into my hands by a friend, so I didn’t have much choice but to read it. Since I usually pick what to read based on my current mood, it took me a while to build up some interest in reading this book. (Also, for some reason, the blurb and endorsements totally turned me off. Publishers – it is possible to overhype.) Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art-Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman that Bound Them Together is the story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore, written by them and Lynn Vincent. Ron, a wealthy white man from Texas, and Denver, a homeless black man from Louisiana, are thrown together when Ron’s wife, Deborah, tells him the two men are meant to be friends. The memoir is written with each man telling his story in alternating chapters. This back-and-forth, as well as the dialect, took a little while to get used to, but overall it was an inspiring read about the unlikely bond that developed between these two men. I especially appreciate Ron’s transparency about his misconceptions of homeless people and his confession of doing the right things with the wrong motives. Their story is a testament that God is sovereign and works all things for His own purposes – and, thankfully, our good is bound up in those purposes.

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