Book Club Beat – Same Kind of Different as Me

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Book club name and/or location: Bibliovores, northern California.

Title and Author: Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent.

What it’s about:
A true story. Denver Moore grew up in Louisiana in the 1960’s, working on a plantation as a modern-day slave. Ron Hall is an international arts dealer who moves between upscale New York galleries and celebrities. It seems unlikely that these two men would meet under normal circumstances. Until Deborah Hall, Ron’s wife meets Denver and sees him through God’s eyes of compassion. When Deborah is diagnosed with cancer she charges Ron with the mission of saving Denver. From this request, an extraordinary friendship forms between Denver and Ron, changing them both forever.

Were discussion questions available? Were they helpful?
Yes, in the back of the book. However, the book generated so much discussion, we didn’t need the questions.

What we liked about the book:
Everything. The book was beautifully written. It alternated between Ron’s and Denver’s stories—each voice unique and engaging. So many lines were hysterically funny, but we were all moved to tears as well. Most of all, the story drew us in, made us care, and challenged our attitudes. We loved seeing how God worked in each person’s life, how He spoke to them, how they obeyed—and the amazing results of that obedience.

Anything we would change about the book?

Fun connections (did the story inspire food, decorations, etc.?):
Nothing directly related to the story. We did enjoy delicious corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Deep connections (this story made us think about the following discussion topics):
The book made us think about our attitudes toward the homeless, people different from us, and how we respond to God when tragedy strikes. We discussed how God calls each of us to different ministries. Not all of us are called to work directly with the homeless, but we’re each called to do something—and we’d better do it! And we’re each called to see all human beings as precious to the Lord and treat them accordingly.

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