Saturday, August 14, 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (with Lynn Vincent)

“Same Kind of Different As Me” tells the story of Denver, a homeless black man, and Ron, a rich, white, international art dealer, and their unlikely friendship prayed into existence by Ron’s wife.

Memoirs of this sort are generally among my favorite books, but as I began to read this one, I feared it would disappoint.  I was wrong.  The story started slowly, and it took me a great number of chapters to sort out the two voices, and get used to shifting back and forth between the two authors.  Once I got the hang of it, though, the story was one I couldn’t put down.  The perspective of reciprocity in relationship between these two men, of how much they learned from each other moved me deeply, and tears collected as I reached the end of the story late last night.  I was particularly challenged by the unique metaphor of catch and release relationships that was woven through much of the book, and paused to reflect on some of my own relationships to consider whether I was valuing them in that way.  While I wasn’t initially sure that this would be a book I could recommend, I’m pleased to say that it is a story well worth the read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.