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Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski
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Dec 19, 2010

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Mixed feelings - the story itself was quite engaging and well-told. The author is honest about the drawbacks and unrealities of his experience. Finding out that the experiment is still shaping and affecting him five years later is important - five months of voluntary homelessness gave the author a deep, true and lasting picture of homelessness in America. Not a complete picture, and not an overabundance of wisdom in dealing with bigger issues surrounding homelessness, but at least an understanding, a concern, and a passion. This was no journalistic experiment, even if has moments where it can appear like that. Yankoski's journey was motivated by a Christ-honoring compassion, and it is resulting in good fruit. This book raises some great questions about short term missions, homelessness, Christian mercy and wisdom, and however different approaches may view Yankoski's journey, the discussion is a valuable one to have.
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