“Same Kind of Different As Me”

Book Review

Hall, Ron and Denver Moore. Same Kind of Different As Me. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2006.

Every so often we come across a book in life that is far more powerful than its unimposing cover would suggest. Same Kind of Different As Me is a dual biography of Ron Hall and Denver Moore, Ron a successful art dealer and Denver a homeless man. To say that the story touches a nerve is an understatement. It is more like having a dentist poking at a rotten tooth, exposing our own prejudices for what they are. The story is at times funny, at time thought provoking and…well if you can read it with out shedding some tears you might want to check to see if you have a pulse. The subtitle of the books is “a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together.” I will fight the desire to unpack that for you. Read the book and find out. I will say that it is an amazing story of the struggle to love as Jesus loved in the face of our own prejudices and agendas. It is an amazing story of how the Spirit of God transforms lives in unexpected and remarkable ways.

I will let Denver Moore sum up the story.

“Ever man should have the courage to stand up and face the enemy,” I said, “cause ever person that looks like a enemy on the outside ain’t necessarily one on the inside. We all has more in common than we think. You stood up with courage and faced me when I was dangerous, and it changed my life. You loved me for who I was on the inside, the person God meant for me to be, the one that just gotten lost for a while on some ugly roads in life” (Denver Moore).

By the way, if you think this is a story of the rich guy rescuing the homeless guy, you need to read the book. There is just a wee bit more too it than that. Find out who really needs rescuing.