Saturday, July 31, 2010

Book Review: Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

Books rarely evoke emotion in me as I read them, and I would have to say that I typically lean away from books that list themselves in the Christian/Reglious literature genre because I don’t like to be preached to as I read. Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore,  took me a little while to get into, the first couple chapters confused me since I really couldn’t differentiate which character was talking and as I read further in the book I realized that each chapter alternated between the two main characters. Once I got past that, the book was an easy read and I finished it in just a couple of hours (I’m not a fast reader and I typically get bored). I hadn’t really researched much about the book before reading it but was surprised at how much I already knew about the places discussed in the book.

I have taken the wrong turns, missed my exit, and visited the area that the mission that is discussed is located in Fort Worth. I have passed the lines of homeless making the almost parade like walk for meals at the mission and seen the homeless on Lancaster Avenue as I dropped off food and pet supplies at the SPCA before the holidays last year. I have driven through Louisiana and Mississippi and passed the wooden shacks at the edges of the cotton fields and remember visiting the cotton fields as a child in southern Texas and talking to the men, women, and children that worked the fields as they hands me bolls to touch. I don’t know if that’s why the book caused more emotion in me than most stories or the love between a husband and wife and how that fades and grows through the years and how life experiences and tragedy can bring people together. Although the book talks about prayer and hope and God, it doesn’t preach at you as you read, Christianity is more an underlying theme throughout the story. I really appreciated the story, the ability to love others as if they were family, and the renewed feeling that everyone ends up in their particular situation for reasons we may not always understand. The book was well-written and truly evoked a sense of knowing each character in the book.

Same Kind of Different As Me was published in paperback in March 2008 and can be purchased on Amazon and at your local bookstore.

Disclosure:  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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



Jodi Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 3:21:00 PM CDT  

Thank you for reviewing Same Kind of Different as Me on your blog! I work with Thomas Nelson, and we would love to follow your blog and hear what readers think of this moving book. I also want to let you know that Ron and Denver have released a new book What Difference Do It Make? which updates readers on their activity since the first book came out. Please contact me with your mailing address if you are interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the new book for review on your site at your convenience.


Jodi Hughes

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