Same Kind of Different As Me is the story of the miracle that God performs in the hearts of men to make unlikely friendships a reality. This book has been on my TBR pile for about a year – since my college roomie wrote about it on her blog here in a post called “Two Books that Can Change You.”
The second thing that really impacted me – motivated, inspired, pick the word – was Denver’s commitment to prayer, particularly when Debbie was diagnosed with cancer. He talks about praying with such earnest desperation. He gathers the other people from the mission to pray likewise. Paraphrasing this section, he says that while Ron had the means to do whatever he could to make Debbie well, Denver prayed as hard as he could because that was all he had to give.
What a reminder that self-sufficiency has become an enemy of the faith. We live in a culture that is so capable, so wealthy and so independent that we forget that what Christ wants is for us to fully depend on Him. So often it takes times of crisis to remember this.
After reading this book, you won’t ever think of the homeless, missions or friendships the same. Currently, Ron and Denver travel and speak together, reaching out and ministering to homeless missions across the country.
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I am happy that you reviewed this book. I remember when it came out it had caught my eye. As with many books that catch my eye, I end up forgetting all about them. Thanks to your review, I'm reminded that this is a book I want to read.
Thanks for updating your blog so often. It's really fun to read, and I look forward to seeing what's moved from your TBR to your R(ead) pile.
Thanks, Stacie – Yes, this is one is definitely worth the read. I guess I have to give the disclaimer of this frequent of updating is a little bit unusual. The last two reads were pretty quick & they happened to coincide with finishing a book on tape. We'll see how long it takes for the next one…. I'm reading Salman Rushdie at the moment and it isn't going quite as fast.