Friday, August 8, 2008

Discussion Guide for Same Kind of Different As Me

Here is the Discussion Guide for the Same Kind of Different As Me. We have an author call-in scheduled with Ron Hall and hopefully Denver Moore.

The Event Site (click on Event Site to go there) also has the Discussion Guide if you wish to comment online.

Denver lived for decades as a virtual slave in Louisiana and a homeless drifter in Texas, until he met Deborah. But her art dealer husband, Ron, is more comfortable around millionaires than the destitute. So when Deborah is diagnosed with cancer, will Ron embrace her dream of rescuing Denver? Or will Denver save Ron?

Discussion Questions for Same Kind of Different As Me

  1. What are some modern examples of prejudice? Other than racial prejudice, what other kinds of prejudice are common today?
  2. What are three things you can do to combat your personal prejudices?
  3. What does being prejudice say about your personal self-esteem?

  1. What is your initial reaction to encountering a homeless person or someone who is in serious financial or personal need?
  2. If you were in that situation, how would you want others to respond to you?
  3. Other than give money to social service agencies, what are three things you can do to provide ministry to the homeless people in your community?

Sickness and Suffering

  1. Bad things happen to good people. What might God be trying to reveal about Himself through these types of situations?
  2. Recognizing our mortality puts life in perspective. What are three things for which you want to be remembered? What are you doing to accomplish these goals today?

  1. Is it harder to give or to receive forgiveness? Why?
  2. Why is it so hard for us to grant unconditional forgiveness? How can your faith help you become a more forgiving person?
  3. What is the role of forgiveness in your personal life? In your spiritual life?


  1. In chapter 44, Denver said, "Our limitation is God's opportunity." How has this statement been authenticated in your life?
  2. Throughout the book, Denver's initial response to life's challenges often was rooted in his simple faith in God. Why is it so hard for society's successful people to have this kind of faith? What keeps you from having this kind of faith?
  3. With Deborah in critical condition, the object of ministry (Denver) became the source of ministry. Denver had been through a lot and was equipped to provide for Ron's needs. Through what experiences has God worked to equip you for ministry? How has God used you to meet the needs of others?
  4. Deborah extended the reach of her ministry by investing in the lives of others. How are you investing in the lives of others?
  5. The memorial service for Deborah was a celebration. How can such a somber occasion be celebratory? What does this say about the faith of the one who passed away?