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On The Bookshelf – “Same Kind of Different as Me”

On The Bookshelf – “Same Kind of Different as Me”

On The Bookshelf- “Same Kind of Different as Me”

I read “Same Kind of Different as Me” at least two years ago. When I picked it up at the bookstore, I had no idea it was considered a “Christian Read” it just looked like an interesting novel and I am a sucker for a true story. It turned out to be one of those books that I could not put down until I was finished.  And the book was popular, reaching No. 8 on the New York Times best-seller list and remaining in the top 30 for 3½ years.

The book took me deep into the life of “Denver” as a young black boy born into a sharecropper family back in probably the 1940’s or so. Being from the South, this book hit me hard and I found myself crying more than I ever wanted to while reading a book. The story of young Denver broke my heart, mostly because I knew it was true.  Next, you meet Ron, an up and coming art dealer and his sweet wife Debbie. Denver and Ron live in two completely different Jworlds and if not for God, I don’t know if these three people would have ever met. This book made me feel… and that is what a good book should do.

The movie based on the book will be released in February 2017, starring Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight.

To me, books are always better than the movies. When I read a book, in my mind I perceive how the main characters should look and act and most of the time movies are just disappointing as the characters don’t live up to my expectations.  (That is just my opinion.)

There truly is a lot to learn from reading this book.

  1. You never know what God is up to and his ways are very mysterious.
  2. Our lives are a journey that one day will tell a story.
  3. Judge people by their hearts and not their worldly possessions or heritage.
  4. Stop, speak to people and get to know them…you might just meet someone God aspires for you to know.

Books should make us feel, think, and learn, and books should challenge our opinions.  A good book should change our lives…..

I would definitely recommend the book, movie is not out yet.  Check out my other book review here.





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