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Monday, July 19, 2010

"same kind of different As me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

"same kind of different as me" is an incredible true story where God united two different people to serve Him in the same ministry who are of completely different social and economic status, as well as race and completely different childhood and adulthood backgrounds - even coming from different states - one in Louisiana who ends up "relocating" to Texas in later adulthood. One is a high status White male (Ron Hall); the other is, in the his words, "becoming homeless was a step up for me" (Denver Moore, Black). They also became very close friends. It is apparent that God used Ron Hall's wife as His instrument to bring them together and together they have made a huge difference for the homeless.

This book is one of the most inspiring books demonstrating that God's people are not separated by race and status, etc. We can all come together to make the world a better place. Also, in the meantime, improving the lives of others. This book clearly illustrates race, status, and other factors do not create boundaries for those who are committed to God.

The book further illustrates that things happen according to God's timing, not ours. It demonstrates the problems people can have trying to befriend those of a different status, etc. In the end, it demonstrates it's not only possible to get beyond these problems, but God has a plan and can use people -not just individuals- to serve Him and help others in a BIG way!

This a book that is hard to put down. It is thorough with each author telling his story from childhood - all the way to how they met and beyond. It is incredible and I am the better for reading it. I highly recommend this book to everyone. To make a bigger difference in the world for God, we must cross barriers of race, status, even denominations. We are all God's people and that's all the matters.

I give it 5 stars. Read it and be moved. Be moved to take action and get involved in God's work.

P.S The title of this book is explained in the last chapter. It's thought provoking.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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