A Rare Thing

     It’s a rare thing when a book I am reading causes my eyes to fill with tears.  It’s really unheard of for a book to cause the tears to stream down my cheeks.  Dani gifted me with a book that caused that sort of emotional response for Christmas.  I started it a few days into the new year, and almost couldn’t put it down.  It was just that good!

         Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, is a fascinating true story.  The story is told from the viewpoints of Ron Hall, a wealthy art broker, and Denver Moore, a black man who grew up in virtual slavery in the cotton fields of Louisiana and then lived homeless on the streets of a Texas city.  The “woman who bound them together” is Deborah Hall, Ron’s wife.

     It was apparent from the start that this book is a real “page turner” and one that is hard to put down.  The chapters are relatively short, but that only made it easier for me to tell myself, “just one more chapter and then I’ll stop” far too many times!  The chapters are written in the first person by either Mr. Hall or Mr. Moore.  It is, after all, their story.  Denver Moore has never learned to read or write and his chapters of the book are written just as I am sure he told them, with the words spelled as they were pronounced.  I’ve not always cared for this device in books, but in Same Kind of Different as Me, it works well, helping the reader to really get to know, and love, Denver Moore.

     I’m not one to give away the details of a good book.  I’d rather you discover them on your own.  What I will tell you is, that after reading this book, I do know that one person can make a difference in the world.  God uses individuals in really huge ways when those individuals are willing to yield to Him.  Same Kind of Different as Me has inspired me to look more toward how I will interact with the homeless when I meet them on the streets (which does happen), and has challenged me to look beyond their circumstances and to try to see them through Jesus’ eyes rather than my own, married-to-a-cop eyes.  Sure, it’s great to give a hungry person something to eat in Jesus name, but am I willing to take the time to get to know that person well enough to share with them The Bread of Life?  

     To quote Denver Moore from the book’s final chapter, “The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somthin in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place.  So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home.”

      And to that I say, “Amen!”.

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together, ( * * * * *) and I’d give it six stars if I could!  (Not for your younger ones, but I’d put this in the hands of my sixteen year old son.)

     Please remember that I think it is vitally important that your are reading!!  The Bible first and foremost, and that daily; but do not underestimate the importance of reading other books.  Please read this post for more information and to understand why I think it is so very important that you have a good book or two to read at all times.

     The books that I am currently reading are featured in the sidebar.   It’s on the right.  Go take a look!   A list of the books I’ve completed in 2010 is there, too, along with links to my reviews of most of them.  I’d love to know if you’re reading the same things that I am.  Email and let me know.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27


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8 comments to A Rare Thing

  • A friend gave me that book for my birthday.  Now I must find the time to read it.  Thank you for posting the review!

  • Denver Moore’s quote you cited gave me chills.  How true!  I will be putting this book on my list of books to read!  Thanks! 

  • I just added it to my Amazon wish list.  Love finding books worth reading and you are always a good source in helping find them.  Thanks.  ~Heather

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I have a couple stories about the homeless to share with you. One is just too funny.

    There are 2 places here the homeless gather a park and a bridge.

    One day when Dave took his grandchildren to the park I tagged along. While he was playing with the kids I sat down and visited with this homeless man. He was grateful to have someone take an interest in him. He was an interesting man. It was an eye opener. I seen him as a child of God instead of a homeless person. He was really no different than me. He just didn’t have a home. I left there feeling really blessed.

    Ok now to the funny story. I tend to declutter when Dave is at work and give things to the church because he likes to hang on to things. Well one week end he went bike riding and rode past the bridge where all the homeless people live. He came home and asked me did you happen to do a little decluttering this past month????? I asked him why do you ask????? He said because there was a man under the bridge that was wearing a shirt just like one I have. Busted. LOL

    Enjoy your book and thanks for sharing.



  • I loved your stories, Elizabeth!

    Cheryl, I’ve not heard of this book until now but it sounds like the perfect gift for some close friends of ours who just started a ministry/church for the homeless and poor in the downtown area of our nearest big city in NH. I’d love to read it, too, but there’s a waiting list at our library.

    Have a blessed day in the Lord!

  • Thank you for mentioning Same Kind of Different as Me on your blog! I work with Thomas Nelson, and we would love to follow your blog and hear what readers think of this moving book. I also want to let you know that Ron and Denver have just released a new book What Difference Do It Make? which updates readers on their activity since the first book came out. Please contact me with your mailing address if you are interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the new book for review on your site at your convenience.

  • @Jodi Hughes – Would you mind emailing your email address so that I might contact you?   Thanks!  My email is:   copperswifeATfrontierDOTcom

  • Hi Cheryl.. I have this book in my pile of books to be read and can’t wait to start! I’ve heard wonderful reviews!!

    I hope you are doing well! I wish we could meet for dinner again sometime but I’ve moved farther away from Salida. I enjoyed our time together.