- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (March 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 084991910X
- ISBN-13: 978-0849919107
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,437 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together Paperback – March 9, 2008
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About the Author
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 ofHeaven 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.
Switching back and forth in short segments, two narrators portray authors Hall and Moore in memoirs that begin in distant walks of life and intersect in a homeless shelter. In the charming accent of an unschooled black man with a deep, scratchy voice, narrator Barry Scott recounts Denver Moore's life of hardship and misfortune, starting on a Louisiana plantation. In contrast, the subtle Southern accent of Dan Butler speaks for co-author Ron Hall, an educated white gentleman of comfortable means. The narrators play their parts of the drama so well that listeners will believe they are hearing the men who lived the story. In the end, the two individuals form an unlikely friendship resulting from charity and challenged by tragedy. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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There are many stories of wives living a deep faith without sharing it with their husbands who are so busy providing for the family and short on time
or possibly just not interested in matters of faith and volunteerism. This husband was different because he went along reluctantly with his wife.
He was a Christian too, but his faith was just not as deep as his wife's. Her activities were o.k. as long as she did her volunteering 'on their side of the tracks'.
The other half of the story is a homeless drifter born in the deep south and enslaved in the "boss man - share cropper system". Orphaned at a young age, shifted from relative to relative, absolutely no chance for education, doomed to work for the boss man for his bare existence.
Until the day he decided to break loose and hitch a ride on the railways, joining the group of drifters from one place to another, more often than not hungry, sleeping under bridges, begging on street corners for just anything to eat or alcohol to drink - always hungry and/or drunk.. a bum , an outcast. That is until God and Debbie intervene..
Debbie hears of a Mission for the homeless in their city and is determined to volunteer there. Her husband Ron agrees to go with her, but mainly to protect her from the unsavory homeless (his attitude), God's children (her attitude) Debbie has never met a stranger, but Ron has met many.
There is one particular man that Debbie urges her husband to befriend, and therein lies the story. As the pages turn and as tragedy strikes, I shed many tears and vowed to see the homeless in new lights, they are human, God's children, who one day may have had a family, and now just need a touch from a compassionate heart. Denver, the homeless man Ron befriends, will warm your heart. Well written, absorbing. and life changing
with not a dull moment.
It is hard to categorize it though. It is not a history book even though it certainly takes us through one of the ugliest parts of our history and reminds us man can be both cruel and dark and compassionate and kind. We choose who we become. It is not a religious book though it is strewn and sprinkled with stories of faith, and hope and redemption. While the story reads, in part, like a Hallmark Movie Of The Week, it is purely non-fiction, real life and based upon real people and real experiences.
To me it is a story of the power that one individual can effect upon another and how the rippling waves from that one can touch and change many more, often in an almost endless fashion. We can choose to be that one person or not but like Miss Debbie, in response to her call to action that set off a chain of events that are still being fulfilled many years later, we can be that ONE that makes a difference, even if only in one life; our own. Ron Hall, Miss Debbie's husband, was certainly changed for the better by his own, but prompted by his wife, efforts.
A wonderful read and a powerful message. I highly recommend it.
Nonetheless, the story is poignant and real and I could identify with two aspects of it for sure. My wife and I recently lost our daughter to Alzheimer's under similar circumstances to Deborah's. We also have taken a homeless couple under our wing and have been trying to help them for a number of years. We, like Ron and Denver, are believers and this story has helped to affirm our beliefs and actions. I am grateful for the history and the instruction.
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