Denver Moore grew up an uneducated, orphaned and illiterate practically-slave sharecropper in Louisiana who one day hopped a train to Texas and lived homeless on the streets for 30 years. Ron Hall grew up in lower middle-class Texas, went on to become a banker and eventually a high-rolling international art dealer. Deborah was the beautiful, intelligent, deeply spiritual woman he could never get; then he lucked out when she agreed to marry him. From there the paths of these three people slowly inch closer, eventually merging and then bonding as their tale is told in Same Kind of Different as Me.
The chapters flip back and forth, telling Denver's true story, then Ron and Deborah's, moving forward in time until they overlap, and then telling the same story from their different perspectives. It's an inspiring tale of friendship, which moved me to tears for most of the last half. But more than anything it's a story of faith - Deborah's unwavering, Ron's struggling, and Denver's transforming. I walk away from this book reminded of the true power of faith to work miracles in the world and in the heart, and inspired and encouraged to be a more vocal, valiant and unapologetic Christian.
Not bad for $14.99 and 235 pages.