Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me

by

Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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Ron Hall is the story’s second narrator, Deborah’s husband, and Carson and Regan’s father. Ron grows up in a lower-middle-class family in Fort Worth, Texas, but quickly rises to wealth and status through his art-dealing career. However, as his wealth grows, he becomes arrogant, materialistic, and distant from Deborah, and eventually has a brief affair. Rather than get divorced, Ron and his wife commit to mending their marriage and pursuing their Christian faith, which leads them to volunteer at the local Union Gospel Mission, despite the fact that Ron is secretly quite prejudiced against the homeless. Although Deborah is naturally compassionate and self-sacrificing, Ron’s self-superiority constantly interferes with his efforts to love others, forming a thematic conflict between love and ego. At Deborah’s urging, Ron slowly develops a friendship with Denver, who teaches him about homelessness, racism, and modern-day slavery, and whom Ron introduces to the world of the privileged. As Ron serves at the Union Gospel Mission and grows closer to Denver, his marriage with Deborah strengthens. However, when they are at their happiest, Deborah is diagnosed with cancer. Although Ron’s Christian faith has been growing steadily, Deborah’s battle with cancer and her eventual death put it to the test. Ron finds comfort in his faith and God’s power to heal his wife, but loses sight of the fact that God may let her die as well. When Deborah finally dies, Ron becomes distant and angry at God, held up only by the wise counsel and emotional support of Denver, who helps Ron to eventually see that Deborah’s death, though tragic, ultimate gave birth to many new things. In this way, Ron’s faith journey forms a weighty commentary on the power of Christian faith to provide hope, comfort, and compel compassion, as well as its power to be misused or misconstrued.

Ron Hall Quotes in Same Kind of Different as Me

The Same Kind of Different as Me quotes below are all either spoken by Ron Hall or refer to Ron 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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Chapter 2 Quotes

The incident firmly fixed my image of homeless people as a ragtag army of ants bent in ruining decent people’s picnics.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore
Page Number: 10
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Chapter 4 Quotes

As far as I knew, their first names were “Nigger” and their last names were like our first names: Bill, Charlie, Jim, and so forth […] none of them were ever called by a proper first and last name like mine, Ronnie Ray Hall, or my granddaddy’s, Jack Brooks.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Granddaddy / Jack Brooks
Page Number: 22
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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 20 Quotes

Another thought nagged at me, though. Could it possibly be something he saw in me—something he didn’t like? Maybe he felt like the target of a blow-dried white hunter searching for a trophy to show off to friends, one he bagged after a grueling four-month safari in the inner city. Meanwhile, if I caught him, what would I do with him?

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore
Page Number: 98
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Chapter 24 Quotes

It was at Starbucks that I learned about twentieth-century slavery. Not the slavery of auction blocks, of young blacks led away in ropes and chains. Instead, it was a slavery of debt-bondage, poverty, ignorance, and exploitation. A slavery in which the Man, of whom Denver’s “Man” was only one among many, held all the cards and dealt them mostly from the bottom of the deck, the way his daddy had taught him, and his granddaddy before that.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore, Granddaddy / Jack Brooks
Related Symbols: The Man
Page Number: 110
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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 40 Quotes

The campfires and camaraderie worked magic on Denver as he began to know what it was like to be accepted and loved by a group of white guys on horseback with ropes in their hands. Exactly the kind of people he had feared all his life.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore
Page Number: 156
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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 63 Quotes

What kind of man was the Man? For decades, one Man kept sharecroppers barefoot and poor, but let a little colored boy earn a brand-new red Schwinn. Another Man let an old black woman live on his place rent-free long after she’d stopped working in the fields. A third Man kept Denver ignorant and dependent, but provided for him well beyond the time he probably could have done without his labor.

Related Characters: Ron Hall (speaker), Denver Moore
Related Symbols: The Man
Page Number: 218
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Chapter 65 Quotes

“Mr. Ron, they’re livin better than I ever did when I was livin here. Now you know it was the truth when I told you that bein homeless in Fort Worth was a step up in life for me.”

Related Characters: Denver Moore (speaker), Ron Hall
Page Number: 225
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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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Ron Hall Character Timeline in Same Kind of Different as Me

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Chapter 2
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Ron recalls a day from his childhood in 1952, when a spiteful teacher called him stupid... (full context)
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As the jet takes off, Ron looks at Fort Worth stretching out below, noting the massive amounts of renovation occurring in... (full context)
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Ron keeps such elitist feelings secret from his wife, Deborah. He is still new to the... (full context)
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In the same year that Ron trades a painting for the Rolls Royce, he opens an art gallery in an expensive... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Ron grows up in a lower-middle-class area of Fort Worth. His granddaddy Mr. Jack Brooks owns... (full context)
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Ron and John inherit Granddaddy’s penchant for pranks, which often earns them beatings with a switch... (full context)
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...the only black man buried in Rose Hill cemetery with all of the white families. Ron realizes that a black man buried in a white cemetery might not be such a... (full context)
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The social hierarchy of the South is obvious in the 1950s and seems to young Ron “as much a topic for considered thought as breathing in and out.” The white families... (full context)
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...so much that even after his death, many families come to repay their debts to Ron’s widowed grandmother. (full context)
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Ron works alongside the black workers and the white workers starting when he is six or... (full context)
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Ron spends summers working on his Granddaddy’s farm until 1963, when he goes to college at... (full context)
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Ron continues to narrate his life story. On November 22, 1963, Ron and his friends are... (full context)
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Ron meets Deborah after transferring to Texas Christian University as a sophomore. Deborah is bookish and... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah keep in touch over his two years in the army and begin dating... (full context)
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Ron’s first art sale that nets him a five-figure profit puts him in contact with an... (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... (full context)
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Looking back, Ron recognizes that in their newfound evangelistic zeal, he and Deborah alienated many of their old... (full context)
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Ron continues his life story. In 1977, at the age of thirty-two, Ron buys a $275,000... (full context)
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...working with different ministries and putting all her time and energy into “know[ing] God.” As Ron and Deborah pursue their separate passions, their love for each other dwindles. In 1988, Ron... (full context)
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...but Deborah’s own for not being a good enough wife. She hangs up and tells Ron, “You and I are now going to rewrite the future history of our marriage.” If... (full context)
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Now living in Dallas, Ron and Deborah slowly begin to fall in love with each other again. Their family buys... (full context)
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Ron continues his life story. In 1998, Deborah and Ron make their first visit to the... (full context)
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Inside, Ron and Deborah meet the director, Don Shisler, as well as Chef Jim, an enthusiastic older... (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,... (full context)
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A thin black man in a clean suit warns Ron that, although Ron must think he’s doing them a favor, he could just as easily... (full context)
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...whoever is 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... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah start watching for the man, who tends to be alone. While the others... (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... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Slowly, Ron begins to feel a change within himself, a warmth within his heart. Waking on Tuesdays,... (full context)
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...nights, monthly birthday celebrations for anyone who claims to be born in that month. As Ron and Deborah do this, many of the homeless people begin confiding in them, telling them... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah find out that a friend of theirs is hosting an outreach night at... (full context)
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After the evening has ended and everyone is loading back into the cars, Denver approaches Ron and apologizes for avoiding him after he and Deborah had just been trying to be... (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... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Ron continues his narration. When he tells Deborah about his breakfast date with Denver, she is... (full context)
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Denver finally asks Ron what he wants from him, and Ron tells him that he only wants to be... (full context)
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Ron doesn’t see Denver for another week, but when he spots him on the sidewalk he... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Denver admits that at first, he doesn’t like the idea of being Ron’s friend. For Denver, being friends means taking care of each other, fighting for each other,... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Ron continues his narration. Denver’s sincerity and seriousness with which he treats friendship makes a deep... (full context)
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During their coffee meetings, Ron learns about “twentieth-century slavery” and the way that Denver and people like him have been... (full context)
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As Ron learns, he becomes enraged about the Man and hates him, telling Denver’s story to “anyone... (full context)
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Denver proves to be a wealth of such practical insights. Ron gives Denver his phone number and address, and they keep spending time together. Looking back,... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Denver picks up his narration. He and Ron continue spending time together, with Denver showing Ron the ins and outs of “the hood”... (full context)
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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... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Deborah convinces Mary Ellen, a “plucky” friend of hers, to join them at the mission. Ron and Deborah met Mary Ellen and her husband, Alan, through mutual friends and invited them... (full context)
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Ron and Denver’s friendship continues, but Denver feels guilty facing the people on the street he’s... (full context)
Chapter 28
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As Ron’s relationship with Denver grows, his art business also continues to expand. One day, Ron gets... (full context)
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Ron receives a call from Deborah, who is ecstatic, claiming that it has been an excellent... (full context)
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Finally, Denver calls from the hospital and Ron goes to see him. It turns out that Denver had been nervous about “using the... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Ron narrates: on April 1, 1999, Ron is having lunch with Regan, who has just returned... (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,... (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... (full context)
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Deborah goes in for her biopsy, and the surgeon meets Ron after it is over. It doesn’t look good—the cancer has spread all across her abdomen,... (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 homeless people, who are already... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Ron explains that within a month, Deborah starts experiencing severe pain related to the cancer. Ron... (full context)
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Ron and Deborah move in with Mary Ellen and Alan for a time, and they undertake... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Ron continues his narration. as Deborah is battling cancer, she tells Ron that she wants to... (full context)
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...Colorado to work at a Christian camp, but needs her belongings driven down there. When Ron jokes that Denver could do it, Denver takes him seriously and Ron realizes that he... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Denver knows he’s an honest man, but he is still surprised that Ron trusts him with so much. He makes most of the 1,000 mile trip to Colorado... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Ron picks up his narration. When Denver does not arrive on schedule, Ron begins to panic,... (full context)
Chapter 38
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Ron continues his narration. Denver arrives back on Ron’s doorstep, with a huge smile, truck in... (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.... (full context)
Chapter 40
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Ron continues his narration. By the end of January, the cancer returns “with a vengeance.” As... (full context)
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...Worth, and Deborah’s health continues to decline, as does her spirit. After church one day, Ron, Deborah, and Denver are visiting with Scott and Janina, friends of theirs. Denver announces that... (full context)
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...sermon at Union Gospel Mission to eat a meal. Denver, even before his relationship with Ron had taken root, took pity on Mr. Ballantine and started getting an extra plate of... (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... (full context)
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Ron continues his narration. With dozens of friends searching for news of any new cancer treatments,... (full context)
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...near. Carson and Regan both fly back to Texas to be with her. Confiding to Ron, Deborah admits that she is afraid of dying, and that she wants to live. After... (full context)
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...goes to visit. Though Denver is in great pain as well, he can see that Ron is angry at God, which unsettles him. Taking Ron aside, Denver sternly tells Ron to... (full context)
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Ron continues his narration. Ron is enveloped with grief, and so cannot remember everything that Denver... (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 leave... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...move, though she is still alive. After nearly a week of silence, a doctor tells Ron that she will not live through another day. While Ron, Mary Ellen, Carson, and Regan... (full context)
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Denver come to their house the next morning and tells Ron that the night before, God told him that the angels were coming to take Deborah,... (full context)
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...weeks pass and Deborah continues to live, despite all of the doctors’ constant predictions, and Ron realizes that Denver’s visions have been more accurate so far than any of the medical... (full context)
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Ron continues his narration. On November 1, Deborah still survives and all of the doctors stop... (full context)
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...house again, stating that he is 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... (full context)
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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,... (full context)
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Ron continues his narration. Another day passes. Ron stops sleeping, instead laying awake each night next... (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... (full context)
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They bury Deborah three days later on Rocky Top. In his heart, Ron feels nothing but bitterness towards God. The memorial service ends and Ron leaves, but Denver... (full context)
Chapter 54
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...of the homeless in Fort Worth. When he is finished, Denver receives a standing ovation. Ron recalls, “The entire congregation stood and applause thundered through the church. For nineteen months we... (full context)
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Before she died, Deborah had told Ron and her kids that they needed to take a trip together after the memorial service... (full context)
Chapter 56
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...to a National Philanthropy Day ceremony at an upscale hotel ballroom, which he attends with Ron after Ron returns from Big Bend. While they are there, so many wealthy strangers approach... (full context)
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Ron continues his narration. Denver receives another standing ovation at the National Philanthropy Day ceremony when... (full context)
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After these events, Ron collapses, mired in agony and depression. He wanders around their home, looking through old memories,... (full context)
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That Thanksgiving, Ron and Denver sit at Rocky Top and reminisce as Ron tries to endure the pain... (full context)
Chapter 58
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Denver continues his narration. Although he was happy to go to Rocky Top with Ron, Denver starts to feel uncomfortable around him now that Deborah is gone. When Ron shows... (full context)
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Ron picks up his narration. Ron and Denver set to work building a stone wall around... (full context)
Chapter 60
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...ending is a new beginning, just as Deborah’s body died but her spirit lives on. Ron nods in affirmation. (full context)
Chapter 61
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Ron continues his narration. Ron and Denver begin discussing the idea of writing down their story... (full context)
Chapter 62
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...in. Now, it looks like nothing more than a tool shed to Denver: “When Mr. Ron asked could he take some pictures of me in front of that shack, I let... (full context)
Chapter 63
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Ron picks up his narration. The contrast between the Man’s large, elegant house and Denver’s tiny... (full context)
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When Ron and Denver reach Hershalee’s shack, they enter, but immediately find that the small house has... (full context)
Chapter 65
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Ron picks up his narration. After their car returns to normal, Ron and Denver keep driving... (full context)
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Ron continues his narration. In mid-September, two days after the terrorist attack on the World Trade... (full context)
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The following Sunday, Ron and Denver visit a church in a depressed part of Fort Worth, whose pastor heard... (full context)
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Denver picks up his narration. Although Denver once feared Ron might abandon him, Ron asks Denver to move in with him and hires him to... (full context)
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...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 the life... (full context)