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Same Kind of Different as Me

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  45,535 ratings  ·  5,551 reviews
Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver's life was still hopeless—until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. And then came her husband, Ron, an international arts d ...more
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by W Publishing Group (first published November 30th 2005)
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Alex It's "plantation-style slavery." Not actual slavery from the 1860s, but a kind of employment that closely resembled slavery.
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Jackie
Its awkward to read a memoir when you don't like the subject. It's awkward to read religious propaganda from a religion you don't subscribe to or ever intend to subscribe to. And it's really awkward to feel the terrible sadness of a real person's death while gawking at the absurdity of her family and friends' visions of angels and spirits.

I have to admit I started off with the idea that I wasn't going to like Same Kind of Different As Me. I'd read some reviews and they were largely polarized, wi
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MB
This was a book group selection, not my own selection. I didn't like it, I thought the style was atrocious, and ultimately I didn't believe one of the narrators (the art dealer). I thought the "modern day slave's" story was absolutely fascinating, but the rich white art dealer was too busy telling us how much better a Christian he was than anyone else. His faith did not sound sincere to me; I felt like he was constantly clubbing me over the head with it.

Please note: some of my book group felt th
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Nandi Crawford
Mar 23, 2008 Nandi Crawford rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who feels they are not going anywhere in life
Recommended to Nandi by: Walmart
I am currently reading this book; I saw it in Walmart and I didn't pick it up then, but I just had to get a copy of this book. I'll hold judgement for now but from what I've read, I am touched. No, it may not be the most well written book, it may not be this or that, but if it touches lives, I'm down for it anyday and from what I see here, that's what it's doing.

Well, I finished this within a day and I tell you, I wanted to grab a hanky and cry when Debbie died. One thing that struck me most wa
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Sheryl
i had no idea this was printed by a division of nelson, a christian publisher or i would not have read it. but i am glad i did as it raised more questions than it answered and was fantastic on so many levels. the mystery, magic and miracles described...the fascinating story of denver...a modern day slave, and the question of the value of prayer for anyone, believer or not was thot provoking for the hardline evangelical. but denver's life, dialect/speech and history was the highlight. the chapter ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Definitely heartwarming. A feel-good book and an appropriate one to usher this season of love. I made the right decision to pick this up to celebrate the start of Advent.

This is a story of three people whose lives intersect beautifully resulting to their realizations of who they are and what they are capable to accept. This acceptance leads not only for them to be at peace with themselves but also to witness a modern miracle: how faith can influence other people to do whatever good they can do f
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Nancy
The first thing I noticed about this book is that it was reviewed by Barbara Bush, and her review made me throw up in my mouth a little. (In case anybody is interested, when I hear the name "Barbara Bush", I hear again Barbara's voice on the radio during the aftermath of Katrina, saying how the shattered former New Orleanians at the Houston shelter "never had it so good." I will never forgive her for that. And Laura! Laura couldn't even remember the name of the hurricane)

Somehow this book had t
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Faith
When I was at FSU, a girl came up to me in the public restrooms and started chatting with me. She was very nice and friendly, but at the end of the conversation, just like that, she invited me to go on a Christian retreat with her. I was very put off by this. She'd maybe talked to me for 2 minutes and proceeded to invite me to a whole weekend activity as if we were old friends.

That's kind of how this book made me feel. Just as I'm getting to know the characters and their backgrounds, suddenly t
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Gary
Admittedly the broken english title "Same Kind of Different as Me" piqued my interest and boy did I enjoy this book. It is an autobigraphy of two men and the miraculous events that were orchestrated bringing two vastly different lives and lifestyles to intersect in a purely heavenly moment. Something every reader should get out of this book is a deeper understanding of homeless people and a greater mystery of providence. If you feel you have been given a bad hand and would like to dive into the ...more
Leslie
I don’t know what it is about my book club picks this year. They seem to be taking a religious, emotional turn at full speed around a curve with no side rail. Perhaps it’s because of the difficult times we are facing. Perhaps people are drawn to inspirational tales of overcoming obstacles and wanting to discuss them in an open forum. So far, 3 of the last 5 books we’ve read have dealt with death on some level and it’s not even Halloween yet. Not Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery type of death, b ...more
booklady
A recommendation from my daughter's college roommate, an Evangelical Christian who doesn't even like to read, but she was squeezing this book in between Thermal Dynamics and Bio-Chemical Engineering homework, college life, church and a boyfriend. It seemed a high endorsement.

Same Kind of Different as Me is a true story about how God likes to bring people together for His own purposes. In this case, we have a former cotton-picker, turned runaway, street man, ex-con, who meets a wealthy art deale
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Katy
The Denver part of the story was very interesting but, I found Ron to be selfish and uninteresting. I could careless about how much he (Ron) was spending on new homes, cars ect. Denver's life was heart-breaking and I really enjoyed reading about his life
Tasha
Wow! A beautiful, heartwarming story. If I hadn't been given this book by a friend I'm not sure I would have ever come across it. I am SO glad it found it's way to me and I randomly picked it up to read...yesterday. I couldn't put this one down and finished it in 2 days. If you choose to read this one, be prepared to experience an emotional ride. It was full of religion, which I usually avoid like the plague, but surprisingly it didn't bother me as it was what was relevant to the authors' lives. ...more
Jessica
While I enjoyed Denver's passages, Ron's passages left me with an uneasy, almost offended feeling. There is a point where he is talking about enlisting and he speaks of an incident with a woman he smoked pot with. Twice within the same paragraph he refers to her simply as the "fat chick". I was completely taken aback and aghast at such a juvinile and mean spirited statement that he felt the need to reiterate a few sentences later. There is another passage he talks about his $500 European Designe ...more
Kris
A wonderful true story, especially in today's rush-rush world where we barely notice those around us. A truly inspiring story of how one woman's love, motivation and faith connected two very unlikely gentlemen and part of a city.

Set mostly in Fort Worth, TX it was especially interesting for me to read something set so close to home.

This book was a learning experience for me on so many levels, but it espeically opened my eyes to things I had no idea went on in our recent history. But also to th
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Amanda
I began reading this for one book club but ran out of time. But then the other book club I'm in picked this book too. Guess it is time to start reading this all the way through this time.

I'm glad I was presented with another opportunity to read this book. I'm not sure if I would have picked it up to finish again if it hadn't been for the selection to read this with my other book club. It still did not make it into my top book picks but it still served the purpose of a good read and offering thou
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Joyce
I wish I could say I liked the book. I felt ambushed about half way through when it became a cancer story. Perhaps that doesn’t make sense, but having lost one of my sons to cancer and then a few years ago my brother, it is hard to read stuff like that without somehow steeling myself for it first. In any case, I just didn’t care for how it was written, even beyond the cancer part of the story. Maybe a bit too much of patting themselves on the back. I don’t know. I did not feel like it was that w ...more
Erica
This was a book that made me think about the people that I come into contact with and what I can, or have, learned from them. It made me ponder if I have ever really added some sort of value to someone else's existence. I have not had an experience like the relationship in the book (coming together with someone from the opposite side of the track), but I do have people in my life that I can't imagine not having met. It is a rare occasion when a book makes me cry but I found myself choked up as I ...more
Steve
I'm not sure what to say about this other than I found myself skimming the last 100 pages. There are certainly a lot of compelling and inspirational pieces to the story, but I have to say I felt like the two main characters were somewhat delusional in their religious beliefs and faith, and that a lot of suffering could have been avoided by a few reality checks along the way. The revelation that seemed to most amaze everyone concerned was that a black man and a rich evangelical white man could be ...more
Grant
The bottom line is that this book tells a good tale (a bonafied true story!) about a homeless black guy and rich white guy who become best friends through the pluck and persistance of the latter’s freakin’ angelic wife. The story is remarkable, and it has left a real mark on the city of Ft. Worth, TX. I’m not saying that it’s for everyone, but anyone who ever laid a claim to a hope in The Lawd could use this book as quick test of the state of their soul. (I know mine could use some work.)

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Denise
Very rarely do I give 5 stars to a book, but this one really changed my life. The true story of a homeless black man and a wealthy white art dealer whose paths cross and change each other forever. I cried more throughout this book that any other book, ever.
Tracy
Nov 30, 2012 Tracy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tracy by: Sherri Dunford
I was really moved by this story, and I'm still thinking a lot about it the day after I finished it. That's what gives it such a high rating, the impact, not the writing.

I was touched by the depth of commitment and responsibility that Ron and Deborah felt for the homeless. The evangelical part of the story, where 'it was a miracle, and I was guided by God every step' and 'God spoke to me last night' comes across a little heavy. But even if it is a hard for me to feel, one has to believe that th
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Melissa Reinke
Aug 16, 2007 Melissa Reinke rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
I've had this book for a few weeks. It had been suggested to me by a few people and then someone actually bought it for me. I finally started reading it Sunday afternoon and finished it that night. I'm not a terribly fast reader at all, I just couldn't put it down. The two narrative voices are completely different and the reader is completely drawn into each narrator's story in appropriate measures. I would be just as moved if I didn't work in a Rescue Mission. It's an amazing story of how helpi ...more
Kim Villarreal
I think the concept for this book was great. But whoever helped the two main characters tell their stories added so much fluff for "dramatic content" that the story was almost ruined for me by the end. I think if Denver Moore and Ron Hall had just told their story simply it would have been a wonderful book. I had a hard time believing that anyone actually said any of the dialogue by the time I finished.
Michael
I have a hard time rating memoirs. Particularly cause you try to remain objective as possible,without getting caught up with the subjective opinion. I understand this is the author life,hence I am sympathetic to the trials and tribulations of slavery. On the other hand,it just got jumbled in more ways than one.

It had more misses than anything,but I enjoyed some of it. I liked how I was introduced to the people that made a huge impact. Also there was some gripping scenes that made you feel empath
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Kerri
Oct 04, 2009 Kerri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kerri by: my beautiful niece, Kellie
When my sweet neice, Kellie, saw on Facebook that I was reading all the time, she commented that I needed to read this book. Considering how estranged she was from our family at the time, I thought it was unusual but sweet that she would take the time to tell me about her favorite book. I had never heard of it. I knew she was a very spiritual young lady, but I didn't focus on what this book was really about. I just added it to my "To Read" list and moved on.

A few months later, Kellie chose to e
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Nancy Kennedy
This is the story of the unlikely friendship and spiritual bond between a poor, homeless black man and a wealthy white art dealer. It was so convincingly written that the two men, and the art dealer's wife, who puts the two men together, come across as crystal clear and very sympathetic characters. This is no surprise, given the participation of ghostwriter Lynn Vincent (Heaven is for Real). Ghostwriters rarely get their due. This is my shout-out to Lynn Vincent!

Both men tell fascinating stories
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Amy S
This was a book club pick for us this month. I am having a bit of trouble figuring out how to rate this, between three or four. I may change it down the road, you know me.

Anyway, when I first began this book, I really thought that Ron was a bit annoying. I'm glad he has done well in life, but I don't want to hear all the details of it. Although I do think he's pretty honest in stating all the stereotypes he had of people in the beginning, stereotypes of classes and races and people. In the begin
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Cheryl Olson
Wow, this was an incredible book. I hate reviewing my 5 star books because for what ever reason I am usually struck dumb when it comes to having a voice about my absolute favorites because they really make such an impact. I felt the author did a wonderful job at capturing both men's stories and how they came to meet and forge an unlikely friendship. I love that the vernacular of Denver was kept in place and written as he would say things because I truly believe as you get to know Denver better a ...more
Jon
Aug 20, 2010 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jon by: Cindy Kitts
Even though written from two disparate viewpoints, I felt humbled and awed at Debbie's journey toward what Wesley taught as Christian perfection. Without delving too deeply into Methodist theology, she walked the walk and talked the talk. Mother Teresa said, “If we want the poor to see Christ in us, we have to see the image of Christ in the poor.”

Wesley’s practical, daily responses to loving God and loving neighbor encouraged his small groups to be among the poor, to visit the sick, and to witne
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Marci
Nov 06, 2007 Marci rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians
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I recently read this book for a book club I am in. It is a true story co-written by two very different men that God brought together in a very unusual way. The first man is a former share-cropper (pretty much modern day slavery). He was raised in rural Louisiana and suffered much because of his race and poverty. He ended up homeless, uneducated and in prison. The second man is a Texan, white, rich and is an art deal. He had the "American Dream" life in every way. However, God saw these two men a ...more
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