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

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16 Critic Reviews

A beautiful story that warms and wrenches the heart; you’ll want tissues on hand for this one.
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Synopsis

Read the critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller with more than one million copies in print. Same Kind of Different as Me is releasing as 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,

 

 
 

About Ron Hall

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Ron Hall is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he divides his time between Dallas, New York, and his Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth. Denver Moore served as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission until his death in March 2012. Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Heaven Is for Real and Same Kind of Different As Me. The author or coauthor of ten books, Lynn has sold 12 million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
 
Published March 9, 2008 by Thomas Nelson. 254 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Same Kind of Different As Me
All: 16 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 3

Blog Critics

Excellent
on Oct 30 2008

A beautiful story that warms and wrenches the heart; you’ll want tissues on hand for this one.

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Examiner

Good
on Sep 14 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me is a moving book with new perspectives to consider about the challenges facing those around us.

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Book Reporter

Above average
Reviewed by Evelyn Bence on Mar 11 2008

The first few chapters of this inspiring book draw you into the early lives of the two men who gradually reveal the story of their unlikely friendship...The current edition includes a well-executed "Where Are They Now?" update...

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Suite 101

Above average
on Nov 27 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me concludes with Denver Moore’s reflection that all of us are “homeless” in a spiritual sense...Each one of us has a unique path, with the potential to inspire positive change within those we encounter.

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The Uncustomary Book Review

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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Oct 25 2012

As a Christian, these gritty narratives challenge me, but I think that even if I wasn’t a Christian, I would be moved by the absolute trust given under the strangest of circumstances, by the lack of motive behind the giving, and by the levels of…

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Book Buzz

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Reviewed by Sarah Chain on Mar 09 2012

Is it a book I’d read again? Probably not. I still feel as if the morality lessons are a bit overplayed. But Denver’s story is especially compelling, and it is his character that drives much of the book, making this worth your time if you have an afternoon to spare.

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Book Buzz

Above average
on Mar 09 2012

Emotional and gut-wrenching writing. Is it a book I’d read again? Probably not. I still feel as if the morality lessons are a bit overplayed. But Denver’s story is especially compelling.

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Shine from Yahoo

Excellent
on Sep 26 2009

This is definitely one book that will go into my own library. It's a "keeper". It has enhanced my life so much.

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Teen Ink

Good

This book has so many important themes that it’s hard to pick the best, but I think one really stands out: don’t judge somebody until you have walked a mile in his shoes.

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EzineArticles

Above average
on Feb 24 2011

There are a couple of things in the book that cause me to question the events as portrayed...In spite of these you can still read this book and come away with a very good feeling of faith, hope, charity and deep spiritual well-being.

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EzineArticles

Above average
on May 07 2009

Even though Denver cannot read or write we learn about his tremendous insight to life and life's problems.

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Gather Books

Above average
Reviewed by Winona on Dec 09 2011

While it is a serious story, the unexpected humor in it would take me by surprise.

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Rebecca Reads

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Mar 09 2011

We all have room to grow, even Ron who has written this book about searching for faith through service and friendship. In terms of this true account, Mr. Hall wasn’t the most impressive personality to me, but I certainly loved reading about how he and Denver, together, made a difference in each others’ lives and in the community.

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Bermuda Onion's Weblog

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on Jun 19 2011

Overall, Same Kind of Different as Me was an enjoyable book. It does give readers food for thought. I think it will appeal most to those who enjoy religious books.

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Challies

Above average
on Apr 07 2007

So while Same Kind of Different as Me is not necessarily a book I’d recommend for its theology, it is a book that I’d recommend for a stirring and unforgettable story, and for the pure joy of reading it.

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One Desert Rose

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Reviewed by One Desert Rose on Aug 19 2010

I highly recommend this book for everyone to read or do as a group study. This is a true story, which makes it all that much more of a reality that you can’t ignore.

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