Heard Ron Hall!
I was fortunate to hear Ron Hall this past week at a benefit dinner for an outreach center! I read this book a couple of years ago. It is one of my all-time favorites. Oh, and he is a Texan!
Same KInd of Different As Me is an autobiography written (2006) by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. It is the true account of unlikely friendship and love between two men and the woman that brought them together. It is a touching story of faith and the kind of compassion that goes beyond all boundaries. Every chapter is narrated by one of the two men as they reveal the birth of their friendship.
Ron is a Caucasian, well-to-do, TCU graduate. He makes it big as an art dealer. His life begins to change, however, when he and his wife start spending time with the poor at a Fort Worth mission. Eventually, their paths cross with an older black man who has lived as a slave, convict, and homeless vagrant; these various life experiences have deeply embittered him, especially towards white, rich people. Eventually, hate and prejudice are overcome by love and grace.
These men have now been traveling together. Millions of dollars have been directed toward changing the lives of the homeless across our nation.
Mr. Hall told so many stories from the heart. Here's just one.........
Denver and Ron were invited to a private White House dinner during President Bush's administration. President Bush was so impressed with their work for the homeless. As the two men left that evening, Denver began laughing out loud in the car. When asked about it, he told Ron, "I've gone from sleeping under the "bushes" to eating with the "Bushes."
I can't say enough about this book. If by chance one of you has not read it, DO SO!