Monday, January 01, 2018

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent ~ book tour and review

Publisher's Description:

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
 A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

 It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, inside the heart of God. It unfolds at a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch. Gritty with betrayal, pain, and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

 Bonus material in this special movie edition includes: A new epilogue with updates on the authors since the release of the original book; The amazing story behind the movie, how it got made, and the incredible experiences while filming in Jackson, MS; 16 page color photo insert from the movie set.

My Thoughts:
I've been wanting to read this book for years and when the movie came out this year I made a point of getting to it. What an incredible true story it is. It challenged my faith, challenged me in how I am obedient to what I think God is trying to say, challenged me in how I view the homeless and even in my attitudes to volunteering. Deborah Hall had a heart for the homeless of Fort Worth, Texas and when she talked her husband into going with her to volunteer at the Mission serving lunch, he never imagined how it would change their lives. Deborah had a dream of a very poor homeless man changing the city and the day he walked into the shelter she knew God had big plans. But the only trouble was the man, Denver, wanted nothing to do with anybody. He was big and he was mean and everybody gave him a wide berth. But God had a plan and Deborah was courageous, persistent and determined. This is their story.

The story reads easy and draws you right in causing to take a look at where your own heart is and asks the question "whom is God trying to tell you to show love too and what are you doing about it?".  What I really loved about their story was it tore down the preconceived notion that this is a story of how a rich white man changed the life of a poor down and out black man, it is also the story of how that poor black man changed the life of the rich white man.  This is also the movie edition so there is an interesting section on the making of the movie.

 Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing me with a free copy for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

1 comment:

Barbara H. said...

I loved that book! How did I miss that it was being made into a movie?! I must look it up.