A Story of Hope and Redemption
Guest: Ron Hall | Season 11, Ep. 459

Today on Small Changes Big Shifts we have Ron Hall. Ron is the author of “SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME.” Now turned into a movie, it is the story of an international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) who must befriend a dangerous homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife (Renée Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. Jon Voight plays Hall’s father, with whom he reconciles thanks to the revelations of his new life.

Ron Hall’s life was centered around a successful career as an international art dealer and a passion for his Rocky Top ranch on the Brazos River. All this changed in 1998 as a result of an encounter with a homeless man who was threatening to kill everyone in sight in the homeless shelter where Ron and his wife Deborah had begun to volunteer two weeks earlier.

This life-changing encounter, featured on many television and radio shows, inspired Ron to write his first book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, a story of hope and redemption. The word-of-mouth hit became a New York Times platinum bestseller and stayed on the list for more than three and one-half years.

In 2007, President Bush appointed Ron to the State Department Cultural Property Committee to advise the President on diplomatic matters regarding international art and antiquities. He served through December 2011.

Ron is a screenwriter and producer of the movie version of his book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME. It was released in theaters across America by Paramount Pictures February 3, 2017. He also published SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, Children’s Version, also known as EVERYBODY CAN HELP SOMEBODY.

Ron and his wife Beth reside in Dallas where they direct the Same Kind of Different as Me Foundation. into achieving better sleep and overall well-being.


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