This week I am finally reading, “Same Kind of Different as Me,” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore; I was supposed to read it last summer but never did.
I am so glad I finally picked this book up, it is sooooo good!
Ron Hall is a wealthy man whose wife dragged him to the Union Gospel Mission in downtown Fort Worth, TX, who met an unlikely friend Denver Moore. This book is about how their friendship unfolds and the reader sees at that end the Denver taught Ron more than Ron taught Denver.
Denver was a slave in Louisianna into his early adulthood, the only way he could imagine escaping his life of slavery was to hop a train and try to make it to California. After a short stint in California, he headed back East and made Ft. Worth his new home.
After months of trying to get Denver to drop his guard Ron was successful and able to actually develop a friendship with Denver. I found it interesting that when Ron told Denver he wanted to be his friend, Denver had to think about it. And two weeks later, told Ron he would be his friend as long as Ron wasn’t planning to “catch and release” their friendship. If they were going to be friends it would be for life.
I am right at 30 pages from the end of the book and I must warn you, you are going to need some Kleenex as you near the end, but so far it has been so worth it.
There is even talk that this will be made into a movie; the screen play has been sold. If you want to keep up with that possibility, check out the book’s website.