By Denver Moore and Ron Hall with Lynn Vincent
Reviewed by Gail Purath
What could a wealthy white art dealer have in common with a street-smart African-American ex-con who was unable to read or write? Nothing…
Denver Moore was homeless and meaner than a junk-yard dog when he met socialites Ron and Debbie Hall at a Dallas rescue mission. Ron had made millions selling fine art and Denver had never owned more than the clothes on his back.
But Ron’s wife Debbie knew something Ron and Denver didn’t know. She was one of those unique saints ‘of which the world is not worthy,’ and she was as persistent as she was loving. Sure that God had a plan for Denver and her husband, Debbie persevered until she melted both mens' hearts.
Chapters in the book alternate between Denver and Ron, starting with their childhoods and early lives, giving their personal commentary on the events that brought them together and changed both of their lives. One of the most tragic aspects of this true story is Denver’s early life as a share cropper, a system which benefited whie owners but kept blacks uneducated and poor.
The story is about human strength and weakness, faith and doubt, joy and sorrow—the things that keep us apart and draw us together. The message is clearly Christian and should inspire readers to persevere in loving others, especially those who seem “different.”
What could a wealthy art dealer have in common with a street-smart ex-con who was unable to read or write? Nothing…and everything.