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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946196
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Hall is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he divides his time between Dallas, New York, and his Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth.

Denver Moore served as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission until his death in March 2012.

Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Heaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn has sold 12 million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine and is a U.S. Navy veteran.


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Ron Hall is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he divides his time between Dallas, New York, and his Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth.

Customer Reviews

A story of love, faith, hope and healing.
tfhawkins
It frequently flashes back to the first book and fills you in very well, without seeming to repeat the whole story.
Amanda Flint
Thank you Ron Hall and Denver Moore for your life-changing stories.
Karen S. Beard

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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mathews on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Ron Hall and Denver Moore's new book. I read it in one sitting and turned the last page full of hope and promise.

In these days of demonizing politics, angry mobs, shouting congressmen and rising racial tension, "What Difference Do It Make?" offers an oasis of peace and good will. Although Hall told me this book seemed more difficult to write than "Same Kind of Different as Me," the struggle was not in vain.

You needn't have read "Same Kind of Different as Me" to appreciate "What Difference Do It Make?" Hall and Moore use back stories, share updates of their lives, while retaining the format used in SKoDaM - allowing each man to speak in his own voice and style.

Hall details the journey of his relationship with his alcoholic father. Moore delights readers with his keen recollections of his visit to White House, a kiss from former First Lady Barbara Bush and his meeting with President George W. Bush.

Hall told me the two men have raised over $32 million dollars for homeless projects, telling their story over 500 times in 200 cities during the past three years. They also witnessed the completion of the expansion project of the Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth, where their incredible story began after Hall's late wife, Debbie, had a vision of the future - a future than included the forever friendship between the millionaire couple and the homeless man who would bring a great message of hope and healing to their city.

Woven between the updates are inspirational stories of people who are making a difference in their communities.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Music City J.D. on October 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have to be honest.

When I picked up the latest release from Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent, I was hesitant. Perhaps it was the subtitle: 'Stories of Hope and Healing'.

I thought I had 'Chicken Soup for the Social Justice Soul' on my hands.

Fortunately, first impressions -- in this case -- were entirely wrong.

What unfolds over the course of a quick 201-page read is a tightly written, compelling and transparent look at the genuine -- and inspiring -- momentum to address homelessness launched by the pair's first book, 'Same Kind of Different as Me'.

In little ways and in large, the authors detail their own stories and intersperse anecdotes from readers across the country, while continuing to challenge all of us to do more to address the often-ignored epidemic in our communities.

The authors, ever true to their convictions, don't pull any punches.

"It's important to draw a distinction between 'blessing' the homeless and 'helping' the homeless. I used to think I was helping by serving a meal or giving them some clothes, but I found out that for the most part I was just helping myself, making myself feel warm and fuzzy and philanthropic.

To be sure, it is a blessing to the homeless when they see people who care. But to really help, you've got to get down in the pit with people and stay with them until they find the strength to get on your shoulders and climb out." (Hall, p. 58)

That's what Ron and Dallas have done -- by giving money, time, and love to people who often don't reciprocate. Their challenge? That's okay. Do it anyway. It's the way God would want it.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Scandalous Sanity VINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In their follow up to Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore offer a look at what was going on in their lives while they were writing their breakout hit and what has happened to them afterward. It is also sprinkled with short stories of people the book has influenced, and the impact they have had on their community.

The book is written in the same style as Same Kind, with chapters alternating between Ron and Denver's point of view. Ron goes into more depth when describing his childhood, and also tells of his relationship with his father since the publication of his book.

The book is small and medium length, running only 201 pages. It almost feels like gift book, and really doesn't cover much new ground. The only thing that really keeps this book going is the touching sincerity of Ron Hall and Denver Moore. They truly love God, Deborah Hall, each other, and everyone they meet. Some of the words they speak in this book will truly move you. My only regret is that this book feels rushed to capitalize on the success of their previous book, but nevertheless, it does have some touching moments in it.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Austin K. Lee on September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a follow-up to the very successful "Same Kind of Different as Me". Contained in the book are stories of people that were touched by the original book and some of the actions they took to reach out to those that come from different backgrounds or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Unfortunately the book wasn't great. It seems like it was written very quickly and the parts of the story that were added really didn't cover much new ground. There wasn't a good story-like flow and it seemed very disjointed. The personal stories from readers of the original book were great and in my opinion were the best parts of the book. Had the authors collected more of these stories, they could have published them in a "Chicken Soup" style book and had a better product.

The book is not bad, but its not great. I would recommend borrowing it from a friend, but only if you read the original book and are curious to pick up more biographical information on Ron and Denver. The attempt to add to the original wasn't necessary and for me it seemed as if Ron was trying to make the story instead of allow the story to develop around him.
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