Tolle Lege: Same Kind of Different as Me

Readability: 1

Length: 235 pgs

Author: Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Truth is bigger than fiction.  I think one purpose of fiction is to wake us up to the bigness of real life.  Fiction exists only in man’s imagination.  It is flat.  It comes from man’s mind.  God’s mind is infinitely bigger.  Humans are infinitely more amazing creatures than trolls or elves, for humans are made in the image of God.

None of this is to say that fiction or art is not stunning.  But if Lord of the Rings can so stun, stir, and inspire, how much more the reality of living all of life imago Dei?

Here is a true story that illustrates my argument.  The story of Denver Moore and Ron Hall and Ron’s wife Debbie who brought them together, is filled with love, suffering, beauty, pain, death, hope, joy, and glory.  It is a great story well told.  My eyes are not big enough for me.  This book lends me good eyes, eyes to see my God and humanity, eyes that see Avatar as small.

Read these quotes and see if you want to see with these eyes as well.

Until Miss Debbie, I’d never spoke to no white woman before.  Just answered a few questions, maybe – it wadn’t really speakin.

Denver smiled a bit and sidled up to a cautious question.  ‘I know it ain’t none of my business, but does you own something that each one of them keys fits?’

I glanced at the keys; there were about ten of them.  ‘I suppose,’ I replied, not really ever having thought about it.

‘Are you sure you own them, or does they own you?’

Money can’t buy no blessins.

You’d be surprised what you can learn talkin to homeless people. … Sometimes to touch us, God touches someone that’s close to us.

How do you live the rest of your life in just a few days?

I was embarrassed I once thought myself superior to him, stooping to sprinkle wealth and wisdom into his lowly life.

‘But sometimes we has to be thankful for the things that hurt us,’ I said, ‘cause sometimes God does things that hurt us but they help somebody else.’

The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place.  So in a way, we is all homeless – just working our way toward home.

Just tell ’em I’m a nobody tryin’ to tell everybody about Somebody who can save anybody.

2 thoughts on “Tolle Lege: Same Kind of Different as Me”

  1. I LOVE this book, I have highly recommended it to several people. It has actually changed the way I treat others, you do not know the shoes they walk in.


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