Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me

Book - 2006
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The co-author relates how he was held under plantation-style slavery until he fled in the 1960s and suffered homelessness for an additional eighteen years before the wife of the other co-author, an art dealer accustomed to privilege, intervened.
Publisher: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2006], ©2006
ISBN: 9780849919107
Branch Call Number: 921 Moore
Description: 245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Vincent, Lynn
Moore, Denver

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A homeless man relates his incredible, inspirational story of the sharecropper life in Texas up until the 1960s to when he escaped when he is discovered by an author and his kind, and giving wife.

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Jan 04, 2018

The Same Kind of Different As Me has been on my "to read" list for years. I'm not sure why I never made it a priority to get to. It just kept being pushed back by other titles that seemed more exciting at the time. Boy, am I glad that I finally made it to this book! This story will take up shop in your heart, set up shelter, and campout for a long time. It's the kind of book that becomes a part of you.

The true story of Ron and Debbie Hall reaching out to a local homeless shelter hit home for me. Reaching out to the lowest of society has always been intimidating and challenging in my mind. But when they finally get plugged in and meet Denver, the whole book takes a turn for the better.

I can't believe it took me this long to get to this book. Shame on me. It should have been far sooner. 5/5 book - easily.

bookloverjane Dec 26, 2017

This true story is a very meaningful book that reflects the individual perspective of each of the authors - regarding life, interpersonal relationships, and those experiencing homelessness.

Dec 25, 2017

I saw the movie a month or two before reading the book and found that the book was able to fill in some of the gaps in the movie as well as give us a fuller picture of the life of faith Ron and Deborah lived with their friends and family. Both the book and the movie made me weep despite the fact that when I read the book I knew what was coming. Highly recommended!

Apr 15, 2017

A friend recommended this book and I am so glad they did. This is a true story written by a "modern-day slave" and an "international art dealer". The two were brought together by an amazing woman of God and their lives will never be the same. The book had a little bit of everything (from history to healing and grieving to God), but the biggest thing that I took away is that one person CAN make a difference! You can impact a life, you can impact your community and you can impact the world!

Feb 25, 2017

I am trying to check out a book club kit - not one title.

coloradobuck Feb 14, 2017

Real life story - I did not want to believe that Denver, the African American male character, had such a horrendous upbringing. It's a fascinating look at the power of caring for our fellow man and doing something instead of just talking about doing something to make a real difference to help people who need help. Had a hard time reading the end when the wife gets cancer.

dairyqueen May 06, 2016

Engaging, thought provoking story that I found hard to put down. It left me wanting to read more about the homeless mans life.

JCLLeslieN Dec 24, 2013

Wonderful non fiction book that takes you into the life of a homeless man.

Aug 30, 2013

Although the subject of the book was not what I expected, I found that it addressed an area of American history that few writers have done. The duel subjects of homelessness and the plight of sharecroppers in the south was a novel approach and undoubtely new to many readers.

Feb 16, 2013

I usually run quickly and in the opposite direction of anything "heartwarming". Also, anything written, even in part, in dialect. Also, anyone's evangelically-inclined personal account of their relationship with their God. And yet, I kept reading this book. It's an interesting human story.

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May 21, 2012

Brief Review: In alternating chapters, it talks about a black man's struggles growing up in the south and a middle-class white man living in Texas earning money as an art dealer. Then it ties in a religious, powerful woman who changes their lives.


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