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Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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

Denver Moore grew up a slave, more-or-less, in mid-20th century Louisiana. How is this possible? Well, when you have no access to the outside world because you live in a shack with no electricity, and all you do every day of your life is work for "The Man" in his fields, it's easy to believe this is all there is to life. After all, this is the only life Denver ever knew. But one day, he hopped a train and moved up in society...eventually becoming a homeless man in Fort Worth, Texas.

It was here that he met Ron Hall, a wealthy art dealer with a very determined wife. 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 is the story of how these two men were brought together by Ron's wife, Deborah. How her unyielding faith in God and determination to help others pushed them into an unlikely friendship. How her strength and resolve brought a community together.

This was one of the most inspirational, amazing stories of friendship and faith that I have ever read. It opened my eyes to the existence of modern-day slavery. It gave me a deeper understanding of the homeless population and the way they think. It showed me how unwavering faith in God can lead people to help others and bring communities together. And it gave an amazing example of how two people who are so profoundly different can develop a friendship that will last forever.

The only thing I did not enjoy about the book is the overwhelming focus on Christianity, including angels, ghosts and conversations with God. I understand why these things were included: This is a true story and these are the authors' personal experiences. But I do not generally read religious books, and I would not have picked this one up if I had realized how religious it is. With that said, I really loved the story, so I'm glad I read it.

My Rating: 4/5

Reading group guide and discussion questions for Same Kind of Different as Me
Read my review of What Difference Do It Make? by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent

This review was written based on a copy of Same Kind of Different as Me that received as a gift from a friend.


  1. Great review! I do want to read this book.

  2. I picked this book up last month then started seeing it everywhere -- even in my church library and as an ARC. I plan to read it soon. Good review.


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