Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Easy Way Out

Since I have not gathered all the Marketplace photos yet, I’m taking the lazy woman’s route and posting the second of Julia’s book reviews (see the first review in the post below). Thanks, Julia!

Same Kind of Different as Me

The amazing true story Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore tells of their unusual friendship as a result of Deborah Hall’s grace and vision. This memoir is told alternately from Ron’s perspective and from Denver’s vantage point.

Ron, a wealthy international art dealer, first meets Denver while serving dinner to the homeless. Encouraged by his wife Deborah, Ron makes a concerted outreach to connect and forge a relationship with the standoffish recluse. This nonfiction account of both men’s lives and how they become irrevocably intertwined delves into the harsh realities of twentieth century slavery or indentured work of the Louisiana sharecropping system, the injustices of prejudiced Southern legal practices, the pain of cancer and terminal illness, the misery of poverty, the power of faith, and the grace within each individual.

Faith motivates the Halls to act, and the divine visions Denver experiences are a significant part of the memoir as well. The clear promotion of born again religion might turn less zealous readers off (or, conversely, it could inspire them). Central topics such as homelessness, poverty, servitude, injustice, etc. make this a significant read in terms of human and twentieth century issues.


Anonymous said...

The important question Julia. Did you like the book or not?


J Auclair said...

Julia's response: I did like the book - alot! It was a little heavier on the Christian messages than I would normally choose to read, but the historical realities of homelessness, poverty, and the possiblity of human redemption/change strongly outweighed the religious influences in my opinion.