Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 10 - Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver's life was still hopeless—until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. And then came her husband, Ron, an international arts dealer at home in a world of Armani-suited millionaires. And then they all came together.

But slavery takes many forms. Deborah discovers that she has cancer. In the face of possible death, she charges her husband to rescue Denver. Who will be saved, and who will be lost? What is the future for these unlikely three? What is God doing?

This book is told in alternate chapters from Denver's and Ron's points of view. Ron is a little bit of a snob and occasionally a jerk, so his chapters were sometimes tedious. Denver, on the other hand, is tough and street-wise, and his chapters were raw and painful. As the book progressed away from their respective youths and into the story of how they met and worked together at the homeless shelter, it got more interesting and accessible. Through the intervention (aka nagging) of Ron's wife Deborah, the two men form an uneasy friendship that deepens into true friendship through shared experiences and crises. Overall, I found the story touching and uplifting without becoming maudlin or sappy.

This was our latest book club selection, and everyone liked it. We had an interesting discussion, especially about the nature and depth of Deborah's faith. Book 11 is our selection for October (and I'm leading the discussion, so I hope I remember it well enough by then!), so I will hold off on that post until then.
Tags: human spirit, non-fiction

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