I just finished reading Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together (affiliate link). This is a powerful book.
This story illustrates how one man can make a difference. But, it’s not the man you would suspect. You would expect the different maker to be the wealthy art dealer, the man of means. The hero in this book is not that guy.
In his own words, “There’s somethin’ I learned when I was homeless: Our limitation is God’s opportunity.” God can take our brokenness and weakness to make a difference. In fact, he seems to prefer to use broken people. This book shows that God can use anyone to make a difference in the lives of others. Ecclesiastes 9:15 puts it this way, “There was found in a certain city a poor man who was wise, and by his wisdom he saved the city.” This book is about a poor man that makes a huge difference.
It’s also about learning to love others. It’s about learning to love those that society rejects. Society may not value those who seem down and out, but God does and he wants us to as well. This story shows the difference reaching out and loving someone who is unloved can make. It can change the destiny of not only that person, but the lives of so many more.
This is a great read for parents to read to their slighty older kids (their are some mature themes like racism, slavery, etc..), people who intersted in social justice and social change, or anybody who is interested in loving people more like Christ loves them.