Book Review: Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall


Title: Same Kind of Different as Me

By: Ron Hall

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 240

Release Date: June 18th, 2006

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.

An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.

A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.

A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

This as honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, inside the heart of God. It unfolds at a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.

Gritty with betrayal, pain, and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.


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Its strange to think that slavery still exists to this day, but that's what this book brings to the table. If you really think about it, racism has allowed the system to be stretched in favor of those whole still have hate in their hearts. The pay, the hours worked, and even the conditions they work under are all part of the forced new aged slavery that still exists.

This book parallels two lives. A homeless black man and a white couple trying to find their purpose. I'm struggling to find the right words to describe this book. On one had, this is another book about a white couple making it their lives work to save the poor black man, but on the other hand, the deeper story of injustice needs to be told. I found that I couldn't put this book down, and the feels of sadness and anger gave me great hope for change.

I would love to know what others felt about this read. What did you take away from it?


  1. As I was reading your review, I kept thinking this book would make for a great book club read. Seems like one that would generate a lot of thoughtful discussion since the topic is so important and so timely.

    1. This would make a great book club read. My mom suggested this book to me, and her view on it was much different than mine. We've had some great talks about it.