Small steps in faith

Friday, January 21, 2011

Living On The Streets

I just finished reading an eye opening book called "Under The Overpass" by Mike Yankoski
The book is about 2 young men who decide to live on the streets for 5 months in various cities in a journey of faith. They start in Denver and travel to Washington D.C.,Portland,San Francisco, Phoenix, and San Diego. They went with basically nothing, only a backpack with some clothes and supplies and their guitars. They went to live out their faith and be Jesus to those on the streets through relationship. They learned to sleep on sidewalks, in bushes, under bridges, in front of churches. They found food any way they could. They experienced life in the shelters.
The stories of the people they met in each city and their interactions and feelings make this a very easy book to read. I found myself not wanting to put it down.
I think the most interesting thing they found was how poorly the "Christian" treated them, whether it was the Christian on the street or the church itself. As a Christian, it made me sad. It made me think how I look at someone on the street here in Dayton. I am not immune to the homeless and needy as I work in an inner city hospital and have cared for many of them with health needs. Just as these men found out, some are truly down and out, some are mentally ill, and some are con artists. It was a reminder to me that I need to open my eyes and look around and not avoid because it makes me "uncomfortable" I would highly recommend this book to anyone who calls himself a Christian to see whom God has called us to help, the poor, the needy, the down and out person who has nothing.

“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.


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