Thursday, November 2, 2017

Book Review: Same Kind of Different As Me: Special Movie Edition by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent

This is a true story that is told in the voices of Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The chapters go back and forth between Ron's and Denver's point of view, often about the same things. They became lifelong friends after Ron's wife Deborah encouraged Ron to become friends with Denver. Denver was an angry man with a lot of baggage when he first came into Ron and Deborah's life at the mission but Deborah was sure he was the man she saw in her dream that was going to change the mission in a great way. Ron tried what seemed like many times to befriend Denver and eventually he broke through the walls that were up around him. The story focuses a lot on the topic of homelessness and how Ron, Deborah, and Denver relied on God's help to help and serve what Deborah referred to as God's people. It shows that no matter rich or poor we can each learn something from the other and are not really all that different in the important way of trying to find our way home to God.

It really encouraged me to learn through this story that God can see right through to people's hearts and doesn't judge us by what we have gone through and are sorry about from the past; his plan for our lives will unfold if we allow him to unfold it regardless of what our pasts have been like. I noticed that even though Denver was an angry man during some of this story that he reached out to a person that needed it when he was feeling a lot of pain even when he (Denver) was going through painful experiences as well. It also showed me that some (and maybe many) people who don't have a lot of or any friends may have a need and desire for special kinds of friends such as those that will not release them as friends later when things get tough, like the kind of friends that Ron and Deborah became to Denver. It surprised me that there was a time that Ron thought that Denver might release him as a friend too.

This special movie edition contains some photos of Ron, Denver, Deborah, and some of their family and friends as well as a story about the making of the movie for this book.

I loved how the story weaved back and forth between Ron's and Denver's story until they met and how it continued to do that throughout the book. I liked how both Ron and Denver would share how much Deborah's influence helped them in their relationship and I started to think that there probably  could be many more books written about Deborah's impact on the lives of other people she served through God's help. Some parts of the book tugged at my heart and made me cry but I learned that even though what happened made Ron, his family, Denver, and a lot of other people feel sad it was actually a happy thing too.

Even though I think Ron Hall wanted this story to show the great things that Deborah and Denver did for others, Ron's examples of kindness, compassion, and love shine through in how he loved and cared for others in his life as well. This book has encouraged me to try to find the next step of what God wants to do with my life to try to find and reach out to people that need a lot of encouragement, hope, and love.

My review = 500 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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