July 16, 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me - Book Review

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

You would think that a rich art dealer and a poor homeless man would have little in common, certainly not enough to build a lifelong friendship. What these men shared was a relationship with a woman willing to "fight the good fight." Deborah Hall's decision to serve the homeless of Fort Worth had eternal implications, especially in the life of her husband Ron and in Denver Moore, a poor sharecropper from Louisiana.

I grew up in Fort Worth, so I easily recognized the parts of town the author describes. I've driven down East Lancaster and have come across the homeless while walking around downtown. It always helps the story come to life even more when I have walked where the individuals have walked. I certainly don't view the homeless the same way I did before.

I thoroughly enjoyed this true tale. It was encouraging and uplifting to be reminded of the difference one person can make when they allow themselves to be used by God to love the unlovables. I'm definitely guilty of overlooking the homeless in our community. It's easy to judge, but hard to love the way that Christ would. Both Ron and Denver admit that we will never solve the problem of homelessness in America, but individuals can make a significant difference in the lives of the homeless by taking the time to know and love them.

The book challenged and encouraged me to love the way Christ loved - regardless of socio-economic issues. After all, as Denver said,"we're all the same kind of different."


I received a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate my review. I was not obligated to give a positive review.

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