I just finished reading ""Same Kind of Different as Me." This book has been wildly popular and has sold hundreds of copies at my LifeWay store alone. This book is billed as a true story about prejudice, homelessness, sickness, suffering, forgiveness, and faith. On the positive side, this book is really easy to read. The reader will find the short chapters conducive to fast reading. The short chapters also make it easy to read in short periods of time. Another benefit of the book is that a study guide is included in the back of the book which could be useful for starting conversations on race, poverty, and faith. Finally another advantage of this book is that it is written by two different authors who bring two completely different points of view. On the negative side, this book contains very little - if any - Scripture. Those who hope for a biblical study on poverty or race will be sorely disappointed. Some readers will be offended at the authors' use of language. The words "nigger" and "crap" can be found more than once and other very descriptive language may be unsuitable for younger readers. Finally it is clear that the writers were trying to be "vintage/authentic" in their styles of writing. However the authors were not consistent in their use of dialect and therefore switch back and forth between slang and proper English. This could just be a pet peeve of mine, but I would have liked to have seen the authors stay in character.
This is a compensated review.