Monday, September 6, 2010


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! 

20 comments:

  1. I loved this book--must have been inspiring to hear him tell the story.

    Have a great week,
    Debi

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  2. No~I have not read it but I will certainly pick it up to take along when we go on vacation. I am always looking for a good read! Thanks-Diana....ps...cute story!

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  3. Just bought this book and hoping to start it this week!!

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  4. Our minister spoke on this book and I bought a copy, but have not read it yet. I hear it is wonderful. Our church works with the homeless. We feed the homeless every Wednesday night and we house a women's shelter during the winter months. Thanks for the reminder. I need to get my book out and read it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

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  5. I read this book a few years ago on an airplane. big mistake. I was crying like a baby and the person next to me was so concerned. I just explained through tears that it was a REALLY good book. Now his (Ron Hall) daughter is in my bible study small group. She is very cool but doesn't talk about it much.

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  6. I'll have to check it out.....thanks for the review.

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  7. I bought this for my son...I need to borrow it. I have heard over and over again how awesome it is..thanks for the reminder

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  8. Isn't that just like the Lord ... bridging the divide? What a fabulous story! Now I have to get the book.

    Thank you. We need more tellings like this one.

    Blessings & hugs,
    Kathleen

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  9. MORNING DIANA,
    THAT SOUNDS LIKE A DELIGHTFUL BOOK!! GOD DOES SUCH AMAZING THINGS IN THE LIVES OF HIS PEOPLE.
    THANKS FOR SHARING THIS REVIEW WITH US, I AM GONNA HAVE TO TRY AND GET THE BOOK NOW!! LOL
    LAST WEEK WE WATCHED "DRIVING MISS DAISY" AND LAST NIGHT "FRIED GREEN TOMATOES" AND IT HAD TO DO WITH THE SAME ISSUES, AND THEY WERE MARVELOUS MOVIES. WE SO ENJOYED THEM AND THEY ARE VERY
    TOUCHING MOVIES.

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  10. Hi Diana!

    Thank you for stopping by to say hello! I always love new visitors!

    The book sounds amazing - I always love it when two unlikely paths cross, and end up as one. Sounds like a book that could enrich so many lives. God is good!

    My sister is my best friend too!

    Blessings,
    Barb

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  11. This sounds wonderful Diana, I must get it and give it a read!
    Thanks ;)!
    Jen xoxo

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  12. Last year I read "Same Kind of Different as Me" when a friend recommended it. It was captivating.

    What a blessing to get to hear Ron Hall speak!

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  13. I read this last year and attended a church service in Fort Worth where they both spoke. What a testimony! Have you read the sequel? I have not but it is on my list of things to do!

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  14. This book sounds like something my husband would love! He only reads 'REAL' (non-fiction) books. We will have to add it to our library! Thanks for introducing it to us.

    Have a terrific day Diana!

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  15. I might get that back - seems really interesting.
    Thanks.
    sandie

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  16. Wonderful book! I can't recommend it enough. I read it last year and I think I sat down and read it all the way through in one sitting. I didn't want it to end. Sure stirred some heartstrings inside of me!

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  17. We got to hear Denver and Ron speak at a Young Life event. Denver visited with a group of homeless people at the table next to us. I love their books and the message of love and acceptance.

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  18. My mom gave me this book just this last weekend! I cannot wait to read it now.

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  19. Hi -

    I lived in a homeless shelter and am familiar with the experiences. This sounds like a blessing - the relationship with these two.

    Isn't it wonderful how good GOD is?!

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