Thursday, July 1, 2010

Same Kind of Different As Me More Different Than Same

Same Kind of Different As Me is the story of two men, the co-authors, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, from disparate backgrounds who became friends at the instigation of one woman, Debbie Hall, Ron’s wife. Ron and Denver each wrote individual chapters, and the chapters go back and forth with each man’s way of telling the story.

Denver was essentially a modern-slave, living in Louisiana, picking cotton for “the Man” and owning virtually nothing himself. The story he tells is incredible. Ron became a multi-millionaire as an art dealer. (Bonus: Denver's way of talking is preserved in the book.)

Through Debbie’s work at a mission, Ron and Denver met. In fact, Debbie had seen Denver in a vision prior to their actually meeting him for the first time.

Points of interest for me:
  • Denver’s background story—a segment of life I didn’t know still existed
  • Debbie’s forgiveness of Ron when he had an affair and her (successful) determination to make their marriage work—I blogged about that elsewhere
  • Supernatural visions and knowledge—including Debbie’s vision of Denver before they meet him, Denver’s messages from the Lord during the time of Debbie’s illness

Spoiler Warning: If you're planning to read the book, you may not want to read this next part.

Some of the last third of the book or so lagged a bit for me. It details the cancer and eventual death of Debbie Hall. This part seemed a bit drawn out to me, but not enough for me not to recommend you reading it.

First line: “Until Miss Debbie, I’d never spoke to no white woman before.”

Last line: “So in a way, we is all homeless—just workin our way toward home.”

Rating: 3 ½ stars (out of 5)

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