Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me

by

Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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Deborah Hall Character Analysis

Deborah is Ron’s wife and Regan and Carson’s mother. Deborah meets Ron at Texas Christian University, where they date on and off until she marries him after he finishes his military service for the Vietnam War. As Ron’s wealth grows, Deborah is unimpressed by their newfound prosperity and the vanity it inspires in Ron. As Ron grows more materialistic, Deborah invests in her faith in God, volunteering for various ministries and sharing her faith with her children. After Ron has an affair, Deborah phones his mistress to tell her that Deborah forgives her, and doesn’t blame her for the fact that it happened, demonstrating her incredible graciousness, which contrasts against her husband’s selfishness. Deborah provides the impetus to start volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission and for Ron to form a friendship with Denver, whom she had seen previously in a dream, which she believes is a vision from God. Deborah is filled with compassion for the homeless, inspired by her Christian faith, seeing them as “God’s people” even though her husband initially finds them depressing. As Ron and Denver’s friendship grows, so does Deborah’s presence among the homeless and at the mission, becoming a source of love and compassion for everyone who attends and even extending her reach into other destitute neighborhoods. However, Deborah receives a terminal cancer diagnosis and is given less than a year to live. Although Deborah is frightened of death, she finds courage and hope in her faith in God and fights the cancer anyway, living long past any doctor’s estimation. When Deborah dies, her legacy becomes famous and gives birth to new developments for the ministry of the mission. More than that, the love she’s shown Denver helps to free him from his past and all the weights that have held him down, helping him to reach his potential as a gentle, godly leader and speaker.

Deborah Hall Quotes in Same Kind of Different as Me

The Same Kind of Different as Me quotes below are all either spoken by Deborah Hall or refer to Deborah Hall. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Thomas Nelson edition of Same Kind of Different as Me published in 2006.
Chapter 10 Quotes

Lookin back, I figure what them boys done caused me to get a little throwed off in life. And for sure I wadn’t gon’ be offerin to help no white ladies no more.

Related Characters: Denver Moore (speaker), Ron Hall, Deborah Hall
Page Number: 50
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Chapter 12 Quotes

[Deborah and I] had actually been labeled “lost,” “nonbelieving,” and “unsaved,” possibly because we had no fish stickers on our cars. (Which reminds me of one friend who, though newly “born again,” retained the bad habit of flipping off other drivers while barreling down the road in her Suburban. […] The Holy Ghost prompted her to scrape the fish off her bumper until her finger got saved.)

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Deborah Hall
Page Number: 59
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Chapter 18 Quotes

It seemed manipulative to me to make the hungry sit like good dogs for their supper. And it did not surprise me that even when Brother Bill split the air with one of his more rousing sermons, not a single soul ever burst through the chapel doors waving their hands and praising Jesus. At least not while we were there.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Deborah Hall
Related Symbols: The Man
Page Number: 86
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Chapter 31 Quotes

Our prayers for healing at Rocky Top had not beaten back the lethal invader the doctors discovered inside my wife. Wounded and nearly blind with fear, I clung to the scriptures:

“Ask and you shall receive…”

“Pray without ceasing…”

“I will do whatever you ask in My name…”

Grimly, I shut another verse, this one from the book of Job: “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.”

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Deborah Hall
Page Number: 135
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Chapter 33 Quotes

[…] Sometimes we just have to accept the things we don’t understand. So I just tried to accept that Miss Debbie was sick and kept on prayin out there by that dumpster. I felt like it was the most important job I ever had, and I wadn’t gon’ quit.

Related Characters: Denver Moore (speaker), Ron Hall, Deborah Hall
Page Number: 140
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Chapter 34 Quotes

“Let’s forget about only living one year, and let’s just trust God,” she told me. “Dr. Goldstein is just a doctor. We serve the living God, who knows our number of days. I intend to fulfill each one of mine.”

Related Characters: Deborah Hall (speaker), Ron Hall
Page Number: 143
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Chapter 50 Quotes

Pulling out a picture of Jack, [Michael] moved to the edge of the bed and placed it in Deborah’s palm, gently folding her fingers around it.

“Will you watch over him from heaven?” he said. “Be his guardian angel?” The moment later became a mystery. No one ever saw that picture of Jack again.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Deborah Hall
Page Number: 187
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Chapter 51 Quotes

Quietly, I asked the nurse to remove the tubes and IVs that had bound her for a month. Then I asked the nurse to give us a few minutes alone, during which I held my dead wife and wept, begging God to raise her as Christ had raised Lazarus.

When He didn’t—and I truly believed he could—my heart exploded.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore, Deborah Hall
Page Number: 188
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Chapter 57 Quotes

And now that Deborah was gone, I had begun to suspect [Denver] felt like a hanger-on. I didn’t feel that way about him at all. In fact, during her illness and since her death, I had come to consider him my brother.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore, Deborah Hall
Page Number: 206
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Chapter 66 Quotes

Still, I can’t deny the fruit of Deborah’s death—Denver, the new man, and the hundreds of men, women, and children who will be helped because of the new mission. And so, I release her back to God.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore, Deborah Hall
Page Number: 231
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Deborah Hall Character Timeline in Same Kind of Different as Me

The timeline below shows where the character Deborah Hall appears in Same Kind of Different as Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Denver explains that prior to meeting Deborah, he had never had a real conversation with a white woman. The last time he... (full context)
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...read, write, or do math, he immediately finds himself homeless. For decades before he meets Deborah, Denver is homeless, in and out of prison, and becomes mean and distant. However, Deborah... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Ron keeps such elitist feelings secret from his wife, Deborah. He is still new to the world of the wealthy—only nine years before, Ron sold... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Ron meets Deborah after transferring to Texas Christian University as a sophomore. Deborah is bookish and “neat as... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah keep in touch over his two years in the army and begin dating exclusively after... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Ron continues his narration. Early in their marriage, Ron and Deborah are “basic Sunday-go-to-meeting Methodists.” In 1973, attendants from a Bible church invite them to a... (full context)
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Looking back, Ron recognizes that in their newfound evangelistic zeal, he and Deborah alienated many of their old college friends by assuming they knew what was in the... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...to grow and, as it does, Ron often donates thousands of dollars to charity. With Deborah, Ron attends black-tie charity galas, but Deborah sees such events as foolish—since so much of... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Deborah and the kids are committed Christians. Deborah begins working with different ministries and putting all... (full context)
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Deborah immediately calls the young artist and forgives her, telling her that it was not her... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Now living in Dallas, Ron and Deborah slowly begin to fall in love with each other again. Their family buys a 350-acre... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Ron continues his life story. In 1998, Deborah and Ron make their first visit to the Union Gospel Mission, driving through the tunnel... (full context)
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Inside, Ron and Deborah meet the director, Don Shisler, as well as Chef Jim, an enthusiastic older man who... (full context)
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Initially, contact with such bedraggled people depresses Ron, but Deborah immediately insists that they refer to the homeless as “God’s people.” Each day, the homeless... (full context)
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...up homeless like the rest of them. Although Ron is not yet as invested as Deborah, the encounter causes him to consider that maybe his purpose is not to analyze or... (full context)
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...near, shouting that he will kill whomever stole his shoes. The man frightens Ron, but Deborah excitedly grabs him by the arm and tells him that that is the man she... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah start watching for the man, who tends to be alone. While the others do not... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Denver continues his narration. Ron and Deborah interfere with what was otherwise a controlled life. Despite Denver telling her off every week,... (full context)
Chapter 20
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The other homeless people at the mission take to Deborah, calling her “Mrs. Tuesday.” Deborah appreciates this, but still wants to gain their trust, so... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah find out that a friend of theirs is hosting an outreach night at the Caravan... (full context)
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...back into the cars, Denver approaches Ron and apologizes for avoiding him after he and Deborah had just been trying to be nice to him. Denver offers to have a cup... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Denver picks up his narration. After watching Ron and Deborah all those months, Denver is convinced that they are different from most of the volunteers... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Ron continues his narration. When he tells Deborah about his breakfast date with Denver, she is ecstatic, and they both pray together that... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...and the two of them shake on it, becoming the new “odd couple.” Ron and Deborah start going to the mission several times a week, Deborah to spend time working with... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Denver first met Sister Bettie before Ron and Deborah came to the Union Gospel Mission. After the death of her husband, Sister Bettie moved... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Deborah convinces Mary Ellen, a “plucky” friend of hers, to join them at the mission. Ron... (full context)
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...hurt or threatened, and he “often disappear[s] when asked to do ‘Christian’ things.” Even so, Deborah is happier than ever and her marriage with Ron grows continually stronger. That joy persists... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Denver picks up his narration. Deborah invites Denver to a Christian wilderness retreat and constantly encourages him to go, but Denver... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Ron receives a call from Deborah, who is ecstatic, claiming that it has been an excellent weekend at the retreat, reporting... (full context)
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...his mind. But he also warns Ron that something bad will soon happen, saying of Deborah, “When you is precious to God, you become important to Satan. Watch your back, Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...City after discovering that she does not care for the art-dealing world. That same morning, Deborah is at her doctor’s office for her yearly physical. While Ron and Regan are eating,... (full context)
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The next morning, Ron and Deborah are surprised to see twenty of their friends gathered in the waiting room, praying. Deborah... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Denver continues his narration. When Deborah does not show up for Bible Study that week, Mary Ellen tells Denver about Deborah’s... (full context)
Chapter 31
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Ron picks up his narration. Deborah’s surgery is scheduled for three days later, and the family goes to their ranch at... (full context)
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Deborah goes in for her biopsy, and the surgeon meets Ron after it is over. It... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Friends deliver flowers to Deborah’s room and offer support. Ron and Carson go to the mission and meet with the... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Denver continues his narration. Denver spends all night praying for Deborah next to the dumpster, where he knows he will be undisturbed. He asks God to... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Ron explains that within a month, Deborah starts experiencing severe pain related to the cancer. Ron and Deborah meet with a world-renowned... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah move in with Mary Ellen and Alan for a time, and they undertake an aggressive... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Ron continues his narration. as Deborah is battling cancer, she tells Ron that she wants to see Denver get a driver’s... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...to panic, wondering if the temptation to run with the money was too great. However, Deborah is unworried and says they should simply pray. Soon after, Regan calls, announcing that Denver... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Ron explains that after months of chemotherapy, Deborah’s tumors are reduced enough to allow for surgery. A surgeon burns off what is left... (full context)
Chapter 40
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The family goes back to Fort Worth, and Deborah’s health continues to decline, as does her spirit. After church one day, Ron, Deborah, and... (full context)
Chapter 42
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Ron picks up his narration. More than a year passes since the first discovery of Deborah’s cancer. Rather than talk about dying, she and Ron talk about living and their plans... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...narration. With dozens of friends searching for news of any new cancer treatments, Ron and Deborah discover an experimental chemotherapy called CPT-11. They drive to San Antonio together to undergo the... (full context)
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Everyone senses that Deborah’s time is near. Carson and Regan both fly back to Texas to be with her.... (full context)
Chapter 44
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Denver picks up his narration. Carson informs Denver that Deborah is near death, so Denver goes to visit. Though Denver is in great pain as... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...so cannot remember everything that Denver told him, but is comforted by Denver’s assertion that Deborah won’t die until the right time. As he sits next to his wife’s bed, Deborah... (full context)
Chapter 46
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Home with Deborah, Ron helps her flip through old photo albums and memorabilia and decide who she will... (full context)
Chapter 47
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Deborah loses her ability to speak and even to move, though she is still alive. After... (full context)
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...Ron that the night before, God told him that the angels were coming to take Deborah, “but the saints on earth was holdin on to her body ‘cause her work here... (full context)
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Three weeks pass and Deborah continues to live, despite all of the doctors’ constant predictions, and Ron realizes that Denver’s... (full context)
Chapter 48
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Ron continues his narration. On November 1, Deborah still survives and all of the doctors stop offering any predictions on when she might... (full context)
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...there to deliver a message from God. Denver tells Ron that God wants to take Deborah home but everyone is still holding onto her and praying for healing. According to Denver,... (full context)
Chapter 49
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Denver picks up his narration. After his meeting with Ron and Carson, Denver goes to Deborah’s room to visit her. When he says her name, she opens her eyes wide and... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...next to his wife. Ron’s business partner Michael comes to visit and say goodbye to Deborah. Although Michael is not religious, he is overcome by the sense of some sort of... (full context)
Chapter 51
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Ron recounts Deborah’s passing. That evening, Deborah’s sister informs Ron—whose children insisted that he try to sleep for... (full context)
Chapter 52
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They bury Deborah three days later on Rocky Top. In his heart, Ron feels nothing but bitterness towards... (full context)
Chapter 53
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Denver picks up his narration. After lowering Deborah’s casket into the ground, Denver sits on a bale of hay next to Deborah’s grave... (full context)
Chapter 54
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...memorial service at the church. Denver speaks, sharing his own life story, the love that Deborah showed him, and the powerful impact she had on the lives of the homeless in... (full context)
Chapter 55
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Before she died, Deborah had told Ron and her kids that they needed to take a trip together after... (full context)
Chapter 56
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...wealthy strangers approach Denver and express their thanks and congratulations for sharing his story at Deborah’s memorial that Ron jokes that he should become Denver’s agent. (full context)
Chapter 57
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...standing ovation at the National Philanthropy Day ceremony when he receives a philanthropy award on Deborah’s behalf. The day after, Ron meets with the board of Union Gospel Mission where he... (full context)
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...mired in agony and depression. He wanders around their home, looking through old memories, smelling Deborah’s clothes, reading the notes she had written in her Bible. He drops so much weight... (full context)
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...Rocky Top and reminisce as Ron tries to endure the pain of a holiday without Deborah. Even though Denver has been to Rocky Top before, he never seems comfortable sleeping there.... (full context)
Chapter 58
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...go to Rocky Top with Ron, Denver starts to feel uncomfortable around him now that Deborah is gone. When Ron shows him to his room, Denver can’t get comfortable in the... (full context)
Chapter 60
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...somebody else.” He continues to share that every ending is a new beginning, just as Deborah’s body died but her spirit lives on. Ron nods in affirmation. (full context)
Chapter 66
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...terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the Union Gospel Mission breaks ground on the Deborah Hall Memorial Chapel, built with over $500,000 given by donors and friends. Even seeing what... (full context)
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...Denver to return again to preach and lead a revival. As Ron watches, he recalls Deborah’s dream that Denver would change the city. “Again, something new had begun. Something I was... (full context)
Chapter 67
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Denver recalls how he used to worry about being different from others until he met Deborah and Ron. Now, he realizes that everyone is different and everyone is the same, living... (full context)