©2005 Mike Yankoski; (P)2005 Oasis Audio
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"Be ready to change your life"
The author and his friend lived an experience most people never want to go through and few would willilngly enter. They entered into homelessness without backups of extra cash, credit cards or a secret place to shower or eat. They introduced homeless people as individuals in all of their strengths and weaknesses. I was amazed at the way these men stuck to their plan and did not share their "real identity" or do anything to set themselves apart in the eyes of the homeless or non homeless. They ended the book in a great epilogue that gave advice to anyone who wanted to help homeless people as individuals and as a group. I am awed by what these men did in order to really know what it means to love our neighbors and to really care about others.
"living out Jesus with the homeless"
A beautiful book describing two young, Christian men that want to explore the homeless condition in America up close and personally. These guys not only take their faith seriously but live it out. Every pastor should read this especially those that oppose social justice. These guys live out Jesus.
Along their journey you'll have their answer to the question should I give money to panhandlers? You'll also hear their critique for churches that don't respond to Jesus' question 'where were you when I was hungry?'
My favorite quote: "Love can't cover wrongs if we let frustration keep us apart." This was Mike's response when they decided to revisit a church that kicked them out but responded with grace the second time around.
As for the guy that remarked about the book being about a couple of "Jesus Freaks"... Do you own a three legged dog?
Definitely made me realize how much I take for granted! Thank-you to everyone involved in getting it together!
Wonderful, thought provoking, and eye opening.
Definitely recommend reading this whilst walking around your town and examining the darkness around you that you never notice while driving by during your busy life
"Real eye opener as well as a heart opener"
I always wondered what the Homeless World look like from the other side of the street now I know...
"Urban camping pretending to be an faith journey"
Someone devoid of judgement, sense, and filled with liberal ideals. Someone utterly or actually high on the Holy Spirit.
I wouldn't read any of his future books ever if it was titled, "What Was I Thinking?!" Maybe if the book was called, "An Undiscovered Brain Tumor Turned Me Into a Religious Nut"
The entire book is about a trip that is pointless and without any redeeming value. This is the worst book I have ever read.
This book has expanded my understanding of just how foolish two men can be in the name of God.
"understanding and compasion for a hard topic"
brings understanding to a hard to grasp topic and helps to give some practical ideas on how to address it.
"Intriguing and Challenging"
The content. The idea of these guys doing something so extreme is amazing. Hearing what they encountered along the way is what kept me listening
The narration was adequate. I could tell right off that it was read by the author because the reading felt rushed. But it was clear and easy to understand. I was able to follow along and the content took over the listening experience for me anyway.
I don't know that I had an extreme reaction, but I did have a very strong, emotional reaction. It challenged my tendency to "look the other way" when I see less fortunate people around me. Now instead of trying to get away from them I am challenged to find someway to engage in their life and/or to help in some way.
This book motivated me to get off my butt and make a difference. Yankoski and his friend really stepped out and took risk to do the right thing. This is their story and not too preachy.
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