The book Same Kind Of Different As Me came to me as recommendation from my sister. I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately — some of it pretty heavy at times — so to balance it out I’ve been reading some “mindless fiction,” as I call it, something that doesn’t take too much thought and is a light, entertaining read.
While Same Kind of Different As Me ends up having a spiritual message to it, the story is told in such a way that it’s an easy read. The book tells the story of Denver and Ron. Denver was a black man who grew up poor and picking cotton in Louisiana, and Ron was a well-to-do white man who made his living as a prestigious art dealer. The two meet through a homeless ministry in Fort Worth that Ron’s wife, Debbie, is led of God to get involved with. The story is told from both Denver’s and Ron’s perspectives, each writing or telling a chapter in their own words.
Highlights of the book, for me, were Denver’s descriptions of what it was like growing up mistreated by white cotton farmers — who he kinda defends as not knowing any better — the incredible losses and hardships he suffered in life, his path to homelessness, and the intimate friendship that formed between he and Ron Hall.
I found the book very fascinating and it touched my heart, to see such good come out of the obedience of a faithful woman and her husband and a homeless man. Even through their sufferings, God was working for good.