Same Kind of Different as Me

“I used to spend a lotta time worryin that I was different from other people, even from other homeless folks. Then, after I met Miss Debbie and Mr. Ron, I worried that I was so different from them that we wadn’t ever gon’ have no kind a’ future. But I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home” (Denver Moore, Same Kind of Different as Me).

If you’ve read the book, which I have, I can’t emphasize enough how much you need to see the movie based on the book. It stars Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou and captures beautifully the heart of the book. It delves into the sadder aspects of the story without becoming melodramatic or cliched.

That book, more than anything else, was what really got me involved in the homeless ministry, so if you haven’t read it, do that first. Then see the movie.

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