Monday, July 26, 2010
Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me
We all experience poverty. Our poverty may not all be monetary, but we experience poverty is some way, nonetheless. This story captures one man's discovery of his own poverty; just not the way you think. As a art dealer, swimming in riches, he is exposed to something real, something he's never experienced before
This story, true in every way, is about dignity, friendship, and self-worth, a story that will move readers to consider the way they look at the people they encounter from day-to-day.
This is is not a how-to book, not a road map on how to fight poverty or homelessness. In many ways, the Halls break the "rules" of ministry to the poor. It was interesting to read the book considering some of those ideas. It took cancer and helplessness for Denver to bring some equity to the relationship through his prayer and steadfastness to the Halls. Denver continued to doubt the validity of their relationship for a long time. Readers are sure to understand that this friendship has been a lot of work for both parties involved.
At first, I thought it was going to be the Blind Side all over again. But, I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the book. I finished this book in less than 3 days. I was taken in by chapter 2 and laughed and cried. Then I was moved to ponder my own relationship with poverty, and then repented the whole way through. It is well written and easy to digest yet full of hidden treasures.
When you find a book that challenges you to consider fully who you are as a Christian, we begin to see that we all live in hypocrisy, and that we usually aren't as real as we say we are and that this is the time to begin to live like Jesus lived - to come for the poor and the needy - not just monetarily.
Both authors are honest in their struggles with themselves, their histories, weaknesses and the strength found in their purpose together. This book is written from both men's point of views and travels the road with each of the, chronicling their lives as they paralleled each other up to the time they meet.
This is a quick read, and a very heartwarming story to remind us all to challenge ourselves to talk to God and listen to what it is he has planned for our calling.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."