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Under the Overpass

Narrated by: Mike Yankoski
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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Night after night Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and on the streets. They were forced to depend on the generosity and kindness of strangers as they panhandled to sustain their existence. For more than five months, the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection-and all of this by their own choice. This is their story. Through Mike's firsthand account, Under the Overpass provides important insight into the truths of the street and calls the younger generation of believers to take great risks of faith to bring Christ's love to the neediest corners of the world.
©2005 Mike Yankoski (P)2005 Oasis Audio

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  • Beverly
  • 18-08-09

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-10

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.

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  • Samuel Mompremier
  • 20-08-19

YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

This has been one of the most captivating books I have read in a long time!! Wow!! The imagery, the conviction, the love, the bravery, is amazing!!! Christian or not, this is a must read! You cannot leave unchanged from reading this book! Powerful, and so inspiring! Yet sad and frustrating of things that was brought up! All in All, I read this book in 4 days because I was hooked and can relate to mike and Sam in a lot of ways!! Thank you guys for being obedient to God and stick it through!! Changed my life!

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  • across
  • 20-06-19

Great Faith Testimony

Thank you for showing how to truly depend on God. I work with the homeless in Houston through Hope Beyond Bridges and this book has been amazing.

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  • Julie Steck
  • 07-06-19

Thought provoking & inspiring!

Thought provoking and well written, Sam and Mike's journey to the streets will challenge your definition of faith.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 16-05-19

Game Changer

The content of this book is well worth your time. We get an inside view of the homeless community. If you serve the homeless this is a must read. The authors read it, which I liked. It isn't heavy while still very relevant. It's like taking a trip with these guys, and you won't come back the same.

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  • Larisa Klein
  • 01-01-19

Thought provoking & admirable

I was not excited to listen to this book b/c homelessness is such an intense and overwhelming problem in so many areas in the world. After listening to Under The Overpass, I realize that if we each do something small and kind, instead of complaining about it to all our family & friends, we can each affect a level of change and impact the problem. I am challenged and I am very glad I listened to this book. If you are looking for something like this, read / listen. It’s a great book!

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  • nikelaces
  • 16-11-18

How to TRULY Help the Homeless

This book completely changed the way I view and interact with the homeless. I first read it several years ago. Mike's journey captivated my attention and I have never forgotten his perspective. So I got the audio book to listen to with my teens, and it is just as good as I remember. If you have compassion for the man at the corner with a cardboard sign and you want to be a true help to him, get this book! I think everyone should read it! #homeless #loveyourneighbor #streetlife #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • John Kim
  • 08-11-18

One for the team!

Thanks guys for going undercover and explaining it to us how the real life is...the book has been well written and the storyline is very attractive. I couldn’t put it down. Thanks for telling a story and letting the spirit convict the readers. Seems like Mormon missions on steroids.

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  • james richardson
  • 08-08-18

a great book. with a great insight.

this is a wonderful read or listin. the book gives great insight to the world of the homeless in major cities across the us and the interactions or lack of with the world around them. the hard truths this book brings to light for thoughs,willing to see it span more than the surface. take your time to listin or read several times and open your mind and heart and see the word hidden in front of us,all each day. drop your blinders and interact.