MB’s review of Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Christy (last edited May 24, 2009 06:58PM) (new)

Christy I don't agree with your review at all. How did you get the idea that he was telling us that he is a better Christian than everyone else? Although not the greatest writer in the world, I think he was sincere and I am glad I read his book.

message 2: by Russ (new)

Russ It's not about where he started, it's about where he ended up. :)

message 3: by Robyn (new)

Robyn Johnson i totaly disagree with your review. It showed us the evolution of his faith. And i loved how the two learned from each other ... it was a truely amazing story and am so glad that i read this book!

message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa You'd have to meet Ron and Denver to know that you would want to eat those words. Crazy blurb says Dallas -- UGM is in FORT WORTH and we are proud to call them our own. God bless.

message 5: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Stewart I completely agree with you and I'm not finished the book yet. The only part I'm enjoying is Denver's story.

message 6: by Serena (new)

Serena I couldn't agree more. I'm reading the book now and how you've described the book is how I've been describing to others.

message 7: by Kim (new)

Kim Casey Your comment is right on. I stopped reading half way through- I could not stand the suoer Christian art dealer character. I should not even have started the book when I read Barbara Bush's endorsement.

message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Some people just bristle when there is a Christian theme in a book. The reason that Denver and Ron ended up together was because of the Hall's ministry at UGM. Ron is a real person and not a character. I think the experience overall humbled him regarding his piousness. The story that I want told is about "Sister Betty" but you probably didn't get that far to know about her. This is a Christian book. If this genre ruffles your feathers, so to speak, (weird how Jesus does that to folks) then you wasted your money by buying it in the first place.

message 9: by Charrie (new)

Charrie I <3 your review. I couldn't agree more!

message 10: by Kela (new)

Kela I think the whole point is Ron THOUGHT he was a better Christian than others simply b/c he could throw money around. By the end of the book he realizes it's not about giving money to a cause and turning a blind eye. It's about getting to the root of the cause and ultimately the person who sees himself as the benevolent do-gooder is the one who walks away changed by the experience.

message 11: by Erin (new)

Erin At the beginning Ron thinks being a Christian is serving lunch every now and then and tossing money where it is needed. This book shows how powerful faith can be and by the end, Ron admits that he wasn't living the Christian life that he wanted to and 'grew up' in his faith because of his experience with Denver. Finally realizing that just giving time and money isn't the way, but really being present, accountable, and experiencing the power of God through his actions. I'm not the kind of Christian that goes to church every week, or reads the bible, or even practices my faith the way I should, but I have to say this book was so motivating and the relationship that formed between Denver (RIP) and Ron is a very powerful one. Your opinion is valid and to each their own, but I think that you missed the point of the book in terms of the growth of Ron's relationship with God and his faith.

message 12: by Maribeth (new)

Maribeth I think if the view of Christianity "ruffles feathers" then you need to look inside your heart. I hate the word "religion" - some of Jesus' strongest words were to the religious leaders of the day. Christianity is about relationship. If you can't appreciate this book for the AMAZING story that it is - I feel bad for you. Look around perhaps a bit more closely at your own life and you may start to see how many opportunities you're missing to make some wonderful connections to people.

message 13: by Ag (new)

Ag I disagree. The entire book he admits his wife was the Christian. Ron's story is of a man who thought going to church made you a christian but learned through the love and guidance of a woman and the friendship and guidance of a homeless man being a Christian means so much more than showing up on a church pew every Sunday morning.

message 14: by Mr. Denk (new)

Mr. Denk Did you finish the book?? Ron's entirely humbled at the end, MB. He recognizes that it was sheer arrogance that he though he was a better Christian because of his social status.

message 15: by Clint (new)

Clint This book is about overcoming prejudice, and you couldn't get past your own hatred of Christianity to see the book for what it is.

message 16: by Sharon (new)

Sharon I love this book. Strange how easily one can dismiss another person's telling of their life. Like it or not, this is a compelling account of 3 lives and their life changing impact on one another. It IS their story. I found it unpolished, engaging and humbly told.

message 17: by Tim (new)

Tim I'm a little puzzled by the review and how many people agree with it. I felt that Ron's portrayal of himself was very self down putting and genuine. Perhaps you didn't read it all the way through? At the beginning Ron is very self aware and arrogant, and admits it. The story is as much about the lessons he learns from Denver as it is a story of Deborah's life and legacy. I thought it was a memoir that reads like a novel but is incredibly impactful. I'm a little doubtful of what Hollywood has done with it, but glad that Pure Flix picked it up.

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