I’m not sure what rock I’ve been living under, but I just heard about Same Kind of Different As Me a couple of months ago. I’d read such rave reviews, I decided I had to put this book on the top of my “To Read” list. I’m unbelievably glad I did. Two days after finishing the book, I’m still reeling from this powerful true story.
Told by Denver Moore and Ron Hall in alternating chapters, Same Kind of Different As Me chronicles the friendship forged between a black homeless man and a white wealthy art dealer. Denver spent the first twenty-odd years of his life in proverbial slavery on a cotton plantation (in 20th century America). He finally decides to strike out on his own, and hops a train to Texas. After years on the street, he comes to a mission where Ron and his wife later volunteer. Ron’s wife Deborah is the catalyst behind their relationship, which teaches both men how to look beyond stereotypes of others and to break out of those that define them.
If you’ve been under the same rock as I’ve been, let me urge you to find a copy of Same Kind of Different As Me and read it immediately. It will change your life. It certainly changed mine, which is why I’m classifying it as a 5-Star Read.
Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and blogs at Breath of Life.
Jennifer, Snapshot says
I read this book last year, after hearing the same thoughts you expressed from several people — how great and thought-provoking it was.
Maybe it’s because I had read some other books about class differences and homelessness before it, but it didn’t hit me in that same way at all. I liked it, but it definitely wasn’t one of my best books for the year, as many of the other people who read it told me it was.
S Club Mama says
Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read!
Thank you for posting a review of 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 incredible 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.
Lisa writes... says
I have this one in my TBR pile! I can’t wait until I can (finally, eventually) get around to it!
HA! I live in MOROCCO and I’ve read it! 😉 I enjoyed it too.
Has anyone else read the follow up book, “What Difference Do It Make?” It was just as good, a must read.