Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me

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Read the critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller with more than one million copies in print. Same Kind of Different as Me was a major motion picture by Paramount in fall 2017.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Meet Denver, raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana until he escaped the "Man" - in the 1960's - by hopping a train. Non-trusting, uneducated, and violent, he spent another 18 years on the streets of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Meet Ron Hall, a self-made millionaire in the world of high priced art deals -- concerned with fast cars, beautiful women, and fancy clothes.

And the woman who changed their lives -- Miss Debbie: "The skinniest, nosiest, pushiest, woman I ever met, black or white." She helped the homeless and gave of herself to all of "God's People," and had a way of knowing how to listen and helping others talk and be found - until cancer strikes.

Same Kind of Different as Me is a tale told in two unique voices - Ron Hall & Denver Moore - weaving two completely different life experiences into one common journey where both men learn "whether we is rich or poor or something in between this earth ain't no final restin' place. So in a way, we is all homeless-just workin' our way toward home.

The story takes a devastating twist when Deborah discovers she has cancer. Will Deborah live or die? Will Denver learn to trust a white man? Will Ron embrace his dying wife's vision to rescue Denver? Or will Denver be the one rescuing Ron? There's pain and laughter, doubt and tears, and in the end a triumphal story that readers will never forget.

Continue this story of friendship in What Difference Do It Make?: Stories of Hope and Healing, available now. Same Kind of Different as Me also is available in Spanish.

ISBN: 9780849919107
084991910X
9780718080549
Characteristics: 245 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,22 cm.

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misatim
Aug 12, 2018

This film makes you happy to be a human. Everyone looks for a reason to be, this family found theirs and the love spread because of it. Wonderful

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mitchelclay
Jan 04, 2018

The Same Kind of Different As Me has been on my "to read" list for years. I'm not sure why I never made it a priority to get to. It just kept being pushed back by other titles that seemed more exciting at the time. Boy, am I glad that I finally made it to this book! This story will take up shop in your heart, set up shelter, and campout for a long time. It's the kind of book that becomes a part of you.

The true story of Ron and Debbie Hall reaching out to a local homeless shelter hit home for me. Reaching out to the lowest of society has always been intimidating and challenging in my mind. But when they finally get plugged in and meet Denver, the whole book takes a turn for the better.

I can't believe it took me this long to get to this book. Shame on me. It should have been far sooner. 5/5 book - easily.

bookloverjane Dec 26, 2017

This true story is a very meaningful book that reflects the individual perspective of each of the authors - regarding life, interpersonal relationships, and those experiencing homelessness.

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darladoodles
Dec 25, 2017

I saw the movie a month or two before reading the book and found that the book was able to fill in some of the gaps in the movie as well as give us a fuller picture of the life of faith Ron and Deborah lived with their friends and family. Both the book and the movie made me weep despite the fact that when I read the book I knew what was coming. Highly recommended!

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CarleeMcDot
Apr 15, 2017

A friend recommended this book and I am so glad they did. This is a true story written by a "modern-day slave" and an "international art dealer". The two were brought together by an amazing woman of God and their lives will never be the same. The book had a little bit of everything (from history to healing and grieving to God), but the biggest thing that I took away is that one person CAN make a difference! You can impact a life, you can impact your community and you can impact the world!

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G246MM
Feb 25, 2017

I am trying to check out a book club kit - not one title.

coloradobuck Feb 14, 2017

Real life story - I did not want to believe that Denver, the African American male character, had such a horrendous upbringing. It's a fascinating look at the power of caring for our fellow man and doing something instead of just talking about doing something to make a real difference to help people who need help. Had a hard time reading the end when the wife gets cancer.

dairyqueen May 06, 2016

Engaging, thought provoking story that I found hard to put down. It left me wanting to read more about the homeless mans life.

JCLLeslieN Dec 24, 2013

Wonderful non fiction book that takes you into the life of a homeless man.

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hereandnow
Aug 30, 2013

Although the subject of the book was not what I expected, I found that it addressed an area of American history that few writers have done. The duel subjects of homelessness and the plight of sharecroppers in the south was a novel approach and undoubtely new to many readers.

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Musiclover19
May 21, 2012

Brief Review: In alternating chapters, it talks about a black man's struggles growing up in the south and a middle-class white man living in Texas earning money as an art dealer. Then it ties in a religious, powerful woman who changes their lives.

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