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What I Read--- and saw the movie!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


As I have said many times before, biography is my favorite genre! There is something about seeing the twists and turns of a person's life that makes me realize all the more that God and His plans for our lives have to play a key role in our journey. I go back and forth with my thoughts on how much of our lives are predestined. I guess I won't really know until I get to heaven. I just want to make sure that I don't miss out on being in tune with my path and make sure that I make decisions that are in line with what I know would be pleasing to God.

That is what I see in the story, Same Kind Of Different As Me. In this memoir, we see a man who has been unfaithful to his wife. In the process of trying to reverse the damage of the affair, Ron Hall begins to follow his wife's lead in helping others at a homeless shelter in Ft. Worth, Texas. The deeper this couple plunges into the call to help the homeless, the more their marriage is restored.

 After Debbie dreams of a black man who will save the city, she asks Ron to befriend one of the scariest men who enters the shelter. Although Ron thinks she is crazy, events lead him to befriend Denver. This begins the friendship that will see Ron through some of the darkest days.

  

SKODAM  really is one of my favorite books. I first read it in 2010 after a friend recommended it on Facebook. There have been very few books in my lifetime where I laughed as hard as I cried in the same book, but this book did that to me. If this story were fiction, I would hate it because it is so implausible-- and I think its implausibility is why I love it so much. Only through obedience to that still, small voice of God can something like this happen. Obedience for Ron as well as Denver to trust each other enough to start a friendship. We witness certain obedience on Debbie's part as she continues to work towards her vision of making the shelter a place that is worthy of the children of God who need it so desperately. In this story, we see Debbie choose to see all of these people as God sees us-- we are all the same in His eyes. 

Although the general storyline is the same, the book and movie are very different. I truly believe that reading the book and seeing the movie should go hand in hand to get the full effect of the story. I reread the novel before going to see the movie which helped fill in some of the parts the movie doesn't have time to cover.

The movie skips Ron's upbringing and his early days going to TCU trying to find a date-- those are the laugh out loud moments! This film stars Greg Kinnear, Renee Zelwegger, Jon Voight, and Djimon Hounsou who does a remarkable job portraying Denver. 

I highly recommend the book and the movie!! I hope the movie does well so that Hollywood will be willing to share more stories like this one!


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