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One of my favorite books came out as a movie this week and it does not disappoint. Same Kind of Different as Me is a true story based in Fort Worth, Texas about a wealthy art dealer and a homeless man named Denver. The movie jumps around quite a bit in the beginning as it catches you up on the events leading to the main story. This is where it helps to have read the book first. However, if you pay attention and follow those first few minutes closely, you will quickly be immersed in a story of unconditional love that just may change your life.
Same Kind of Different as Me has Christian undertones but is by no means an in your face faith-based movie. In other words, it shouldn’t offend anyone. It is a story about humanity and reminds us how similar we all are even if our lives seem so completely different. Hence the title, Same Kind of Different as Me.
The book, which was written in 2008, can be purchased HERE. It is a quick and easy read, written by both Denver Moore and the art dealer, Ron Hall. It was a New York Times best seller BTW. While ordering this book, I urge you to also order the equally well written sequel, What Difference Do it Make, also written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. This continues the story of both men as well as gives practical and often challenging advise for all of us.
Finally, if you are inspired to read more about the homeless and how homelessness happens as well as how we can help put an end to it, I highly recommend Welcome Homeless by Alan Graham. This is the story of how Mobile Loaves and Fishes got started in Austin, TX and spotlights the lives of several residents from the ministries’ master planned development, Community First! Village.
You may feel, as I used to, that the homeless are often just lazy and should be working harder to find a job. Before you judge, Please give this movie and these books a chance. What do you have to lose? At the very least, you will be entertained by a well written and acted feel- good movie. At the very most however, it just may change you – Forever.
Let me know how you liked these books and the movie and please share how they have changed your perspective of our homeless brothers and sisters.