Same Kind of different As me: an Amazing True Story

Two days ago I wrote a post about Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love. This book was a life changer for me. I had to question myself if I was living as a lukewarm Christian or as one who loved like our God loves us.

During the same time of discussing Crazy Love with my small group in bible study, I was reading an amazing true story called “Same kind of different As me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The back cover reads…

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.
An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.
A gutsy women women with a stubborn dream.
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

I love this quote from The Honorable Rick Perry, the past Governor of Texas

This book is more than a memoir-it captures the presence of the only spirit that can transform the problems of our society. When one person sets aside their own needs and misconceptions then steps purposefully and prayerfully into the life of another, miracles happen. Both lives are improved and the world gets a glimpse of real live grace. I am grateful to Ron and Denver for sharing their story and pray it will continue inspiring people to invest themselves in the simple, personal solutions that can change our world.

The authors of the book share their perspective of the story in alternating chapters. Can we as a society really love one another? Especially with reading Crazy Love at the same time, I learned so much by hearing from both sides and seeing that Yes, we can love as God demands us to. The friendship that developed between these two men because of Ron’s wife, Debbie, was a perfect example of living out crazy love.

20130523-120202.jpg This is a book about prejudice, homelessness, sickness and suffering, forgiveness and faith. I was so inspired by this story I went to their website to find out more. I found a calendar of speaking engagements and saw that Ron would speaking at the Greenville Miracle Hill banquet in a few months. I freaked out! I couldn’t believe it, Greenville is only 20 minutes away! I contacted the coordinator of the event and told her how the book affected me. She graciously invited me to join her at the event and by the way, would be at the Miracle Hill homeless shelter in my town, would I be interested in a tour of the home? Would I? Absolutely!

To save my story for another time, I have been volunteering there twice a week for three years now. I don’t see myself ever leaving. I love these hurt, addicted, toothless, broken, but most of all- beautiful women. Some say I’m crazy.

Not realizing the impact their story would have on millions of people, but hearing story after story of readers reactions, Ron and Denver wrote another book, “What difference Do it Make?” It continues telling about their friendship, but every other chapter tells how the original book changed the life of a reader. Not everyone ran off to the nearest homeless shelter to volunteer. Many were touched by Debbie’s fight with cancer, classes were made to read the book to show how mental illness affects lives, discussions about racism were brought to the forefront, and many readers decided to help those in need in the ways they knew how. One woman kept socks, gloves and hats in her car so she could pass them out when she saw a homeless person on the street. Another delivers food and drink.

20130523-131038.jpgI am so proud to announce that Ron Hall will be speaking at Spartanburg Miracle Hill’s Banquet. I have several copies of Same Kind of Different as Me. As I said before when I read this book in 2009, please take and read this book. If you like it, give it to someone else. If you don’t, just give it back to me.

My prayer is that thousands more would read and be touched by Ron and Denver’s story. Not only be touched, but would change their life in some way for the better. This is a fabulous opportunity for our city. I want you to read this book and be my guest at the banquet. If you would like to have a copy, please leave a comment in the section below.

I love you like CRAZY!

2 thoughts on “Same Kind of different As me: an Amazing True Story

  1. Thank You Merry Mary for an excellent blog!!! My friend, Amanda A., told me your blog is a must read and she was 100% correct! I’ve been catching up on your archives at evey opportunity I have to read. I am thoroughly enjoying your positive, loving, Christian perspective, and your often comedic outlook. I always have a good book to read and several ‘on deck’ waiting. I use a kindle, however, I find the feel & smell of a good book to be part of the pleasure of reading. I will definitely be adding “Same Kinda Different As Me” to my stash. How did I miss hearing of this book? My life changed 180* when I read The Shack and saw The Passion of the Christ.
    Have a blessed & safe Memorial weekend. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for blogging!

  2. Wow! What an amazing thing for you to say! Thank you. I know that God wants me to do this blogging thing. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I just write whatever comes to mind. That’s God talking. I’m glad I am able to make you smile. I’m going to enjoy some family time this memorial weekend. Hope you enjoy yours too. Thanks for hanging out with me here at MerryMary!

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