Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me:

A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

This novel alternates between the voices of Ron and Denver, who on the surface are a different as different can be. Ron is an International Art Dealer who started out with almost nothing and through hard work and luck became a financial success. Denver is a black man who had none of those same opportunities but began his life as a child of sharecroppers in Louisiana and ended up in his journey near a mission in Texas.

Deborah, Ron's wife, is the one who brings them together when she declares that Ron must become friends with Denver who is unapproachable and angry. This is part of the missionary work that she chooses as she decides that both she and Ron will volunteer at the mission.

I should note that I am not Christian and this book has many Christian themes in it as it is written by people that truly believe in Christ and salvation. That being said, I still enjoyed this book and was not put off by the underlying gospel message. I did not find it condescending or a lecture. Simply, this is how the narrators feel and they are sincere in their message. Additionally, they were honest in speaking about times that the lost faith and times that they may have acted less Christian.

I think this book is fascinating and inspiring. Seeing these two men come together and learn to trust each other, and value each other as true friends, made for a good read.

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