I have been reading lately- really I have. But most of my reads have been easy to read fiction/romance and really weren't worth reviewing.
But, in keeping with my year of memoirs, I reviewed Same Kind of Different as Me for BookSneeze. This memoir is co-authored by Ron Hall, an international art dealer, and Denver Moore, a homeless black man. These are two men that seem extremely unlikely to become friends but they do, thanks to Ron's wife- an amazing woman with a large heart- and the grace of God.
Ron grew up in Texas, the grandson of a farmer and became an extremely wealthy art dealer. Denver grew up in Louisiana, the son of sharecroppers- modern day slaves and became a homeless vagrant with a shady lifestyle and multiple run-ins with the law. The lives of these two men intersect when Denver leaves sharecropping and ends up in Texas and Ron's wife persuades him to start volunteering time in a homeless mission. God works mightily in the lives of both men, growing them into the people He wants them to be and using them in a mighty way.
This memoir was very touching. The life that Denver lived is heartbreaking. The tragedy these men share is moving. I will admit that I cried through the end of the book. The lessons these men learn and the miraculous way that God works through them is amazing though, and it was worth some tears to see how God has used these men and their friendship.
I will always view the homeless and needy in a different way after reading this, and I will never take for granted who God can use and how. This read was motivating. It made me want to DO something in my community and definitely changed my thinking and opinions!
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