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Same Kind of Different As Me
By Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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 woman with a stubborn dream.

A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

 

Here's what a reader had to say:

When my voracious reading friend Barb Kuhlmann shared her response to Same Kind of Different As Me, I had to read it. I wasn't motivated by her mention that she needed tissues or that she read it in two nights, although both would usually qualify a book for my limited reading-at-leisure schedule. What enticed me was how this true and compelling story forced her to assess her comfort zone. Two men from vastly different backgrounds have an encounter staged, unknowingly, by the wife of one of the men. Denver was born into a sharecropper family, survived poverty and worse, only to end up homeless, in prison, back on the streets, occasionally frequenting a homeless shelter where Ron Hall's wife, "Miss Debbie" was bound and determined to help men and women turn their lives around. Ron tolerated his wife's hobby, but could have cared less, until something pulls him in and he meets Denver, who is as black as Ron is white. Thus the personal challenge begins for both men who have deep prejudices against one another. With the turning of each page, you gradually realize that God softens hearts, breaks bondage and brings Denver and Ron and you into "different" to learn more about Him and His plans for your life. --Phyllis Wallace, Host of Woman to Woman


Discussion Questions

Publisher's Discussion Guide

Prejudice

1. What are some modern examples of prejudice? Other than racial prejudice, what other kinds of prejudice are common today?

2. What are three things you can do to combat your personal prejudices?

3. What does being prejudice say about your personal self-esteem?

4. Read Micah 6:8. What does this verse say about the attitude we should have toward other people?

Homelessness

1. What is your initial reaction to encountering a homeless person or someone who is in serious financial or personal need?

2. If you were in that situation, how would you want others to respond to you?

3. Other than give money to social service agencies, what are three things you can do to provide ministry to the homeless people in your community?

4. Jesus' ministry was often focused on society's outcasts. Why did Jesus seek them rather than socializing with the religious elite? With which crowd are you most likely to spend time-the outcasts in your community or the religious elite? Why?

Sickness and Suffering

1. Bad things happen to good people. What might God be trying to reveal about Himself through these types of situations?

2. Recognizing our mortality puts life in perspective. What are three things for which you want to be remembered? What are you doing to accomplish these goals today?

3. Refresh your memory of the Book of Job. Through all of his pain, Job remained faithful to God. What can you do to cultivate that kind of faith in your everyday life?

Forgiveness

1. Is it harder to give or to receive forgiveness? Why?

2. Why is it so hard for us to grant unconditional forgiveness? How can your faith help you become a more forgiving person?

3. What is the role of forgiveness in your personal life? In your spiritual life?

4. The ultimate expression of forgiveness is found in God's sacrifice of His Son. Because we have been forgiven, we should be forgiving. How would this kind of forgiveness affect your relationships?

Faith

1. In chapter 44, Denver said, "Our limitation is God's opportunity." How has this statement been authenticated in your life?

2. Throughout the book, Denver's initial response to life's challenges often was rooted in his simple faith in God. Why is it so hard for society's successful people to have this kind of faith? What keeps you from having this kind of faith?

3. With Deborah in critical condition, the object of ministry (Denver) became the source of ministry. Denver had been through a lot and was equipped to provide for Ron's needs. Through what experiences has God worked to equip you for ministry? How has God used you to meet the needs of others?

4. Deborah extended the reach of her ministry by investing in the lives of others. How are you investing in the lives of others?

5. The memorial service for Deborah was a celebration. How can such a somber occasion be celebratory? What does this say about the faith of the one who passed away?

 

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