This sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Same Kind of Different as Me, tells of the huge impact this book has had on the lives of many of its readers. There is story after story of how God used Same Kind of Different as Me to take people outside of their comfort zones and change their lives and their attitude toward homelessness. It also tells of the continuing relationship of Ron Hall, a wealthy fine-art dealer and Denver Moore who through the impact of Ron’s late wife, Deborah, is now formerly illiterate and formerly homeless and speaks with Ron all around the country.
I had not read Same Kind of Different as Me before I picked up What Difference Do it Make?, but I was able to jump right in and follow their unique story without any difficulty. I absolutely love the realness of these two men. Nothing was really glossed over or candy-coated. They honestly shared their story with grace and a good bit of wit.
Denver’s down-to-earth wisdom shines through a quote like this:
“… there’s a difference between helpin and blessin — that blessin means you give a person a little gift to show ‘em you think they matters on this earth, and helpin is when you stoop down with a person and stay there till they can climb on your shoulders to get up.”
And Ron’s story of the ultimate restoration of his relationship with his father is worth the price of the book.
This really is a good read that will challenge you in a practical way about how you view homelessness, and how we as the community of faith can do something about it.