Sunday, November 7, 2010

Same Kind of Different as Me

I'm in a book club with some AMAZING women..... we are called the Blue Stocking Ladies :). We meet once a month and have dinner and discuss our book. It might sound dorky to you, but it really is super fun! This month my friend Robin chose Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile, but sometimes I lack self motivation :(, so I was super stoked (can I still use that word?) when Robin chose it for the Blue Stocking Ladies! It was good. Really good.... and really challenging. It's the story of a super rich white guy and a homeless man, and how their paths cross. It made me think (and cry) a lot. I was challenged by my view of homelessness, and how I am so quick to judge and think I know their story or how their own bad decisions led them to homelessness. How heartless. This book (which is true) tells the story of homeless man who pretty much didn't have a choice but to be homeless, and how even though he has nothing of any worldly value, his faith in the Lord and belief in His goodness is so strong and pure. It is amazing to read how the rich man (Ron) becomes friends with this homeless man (Denver) believing he had a lot to offer him and teach him, but instead it is completely the other way around. Denver is able to show Ron that his identity and worth are not found in how much "stuff" he owns or how big his boat is. He learns so much about what is important in life. So often we define our lives by things that in the long run don't matter at all and will never bring us any joy or satisfaction in this life. The things that are important to Denver have eternal purpose. His view of the Lord is not hazed by his material possessions since he has none. He truly has a child-like faith and craves the Lord and His presence. I know it's not necessarily sinful to have "things", but how I wish to be less dependent on them. Sometimes it's so hard. I was truly encouraged by this beautiful book. I know if you read you will be too.

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted to do a book club, but never did. I have read this book however and IT IS AMAZING!