Friday, September 17, 2010

Book Review: Same Kind of Different As Me

Knowledge is the enemy of fear; relationship is the enemy of indifference. In Ron Hall and Denver Moore’s story readers are encouraged to enter into, and to experience, both of these lessons first hand. Written in first-person conversational format, Same Kind of Different As Me is the telling of two worlds colliding, that of a wealthy white man who is trapped in an artificial life and a homeless African-American man who grew up enslaved by poverty. As their stories intertwine, hearts are changed, myths are debunked, and walls torn down. And as all this happens readers are challenged to investigate their own pre-conceived notions about justice, poverty, race, and reconciliation. Within this story lies a gem of truth about God’s action through people and how embrace of the other can lead to the birth of something truly wonderful and holy.

I’d like to recommend this book to you, but in order to so I must include a note of caution: it is deceptive in length. At 235 pages, it appears to be an easy weekend reader. But this book took me much longer than expected. In order to truly enjoy this work, you must enter the language of both characters and listen as if they are speaking to you. If you can do that, enjoy!

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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