Same Kind of Different As Me

A high brow, international art dealer.  A homeless man who liked his way of living just fine, thank you. 

Yeah, I wouldn’t picture them as best friends either. 

But in the memoir Same Kind of Different as Me, Ron Hall and Dever Moore become just that.  No, they become more: brothers in Christ. 

This is a beautiful story of love: the radical, powerful, and life-changing love of God moving in the hearts of people.  It changes lives, and changes a whole town. 

It all starts with Ron’s wife, Debbie, and her dream.  She wants to make a difference, and she decides that God has called her to bless homeless people.  And not just in a soup-kitchens-over-the-holidays way; she truly commits herself to pouring her talents into a new shelter and trying to make her community into a better place.  And she drags her unenthusiastic husband along with her, prattling about a dream whereby he befriended a black man and that man changed the town.  He’s not sure what to think of this, but he goes along, halfheartedly, trying to please her. 

And Dever more isn’t any more enthusiastic about the initiative.  A survivor of unimaginable horrors and slavery through the sharecropping system, he’s decided homelessness is a real step up.  And besides, you sort of forge a community.  He resents these rich people trying to mess with their lives. 

But Debbie keeps pouring her love out on everyone, deserving or not.  She’s stubborn and persistent, and eventually, things begin to change.  In Ron’s heart.  And Dever’s heart.  Her obedience to God leads many back to the Throne of Grace, and lives really are changed because of one person.

“I marveled at the intricate tapestry of God’s providence,” Ron writes.  “Deborah, led by God to deliver mercy and compassion, had rescued this wreck of a man who, when she became ill, in turn became her chief intercessor.  For nineteen months, he prayed through the night until dawn [Dever figured that everyone else would be storming the gates of heaven in the daylight, so he appointed himself to keep vigilant prayer at night] and delivered the word of God to our door like some kind of heavenly paperboy.  I was embarressed that I once thought myself superior to him, stooping to sprinkle my wealth and wisdom into his lowly life.” (p. 183)

This is a fantastic read that will keep your interest; it’s such a good story that it’s even on the New York Times Bestseller list, despite being overtly Christian.  The book is one of love, hope, and redemption; it’s about three inspiring people and their journey towards God and each other.

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