Book Review: Same kind of different as me
Same kind of different as me (Thomas Nelson, 2008) is a true story written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The book is written in two voices and begins with each man explaining the circumstances which brought him to the place where they met the other. Once they meet this format becomes particularly interesting as we hear the same situation described from two different perspectives. Encouraged by Ron’s wife, Debbie, the two men strike up a surprising friendship. Ron is a wealthy white man who had earned his wealth honestly through long hours in the art business. Denver is a homeless black man who grew up in poverty, hardship and much tragedy. Both men explain the influences that shaped their thinking. Even as an Australian reader who is not overly familiar with American history, it was still clear that culture and racial prejudice has greatly impacted each man.
The interweaving of the two voices continues throughout the book as their friendship develops into a source of healing and comfort to them both. Also apparent, though sometimes unstated, is the way God is orchestrating the circumstances to bring about his purposes.
Overall this is a moving account of a deep friendship forged by God to powerfully demonstrate the power of love and forgiveness.