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Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski
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Mar 31, 2009

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Yankoski does a pretty decent job at trying to live and subsequently relay the real lives of America's homeless. His motives are right, he wants to know what it's really like to be an outcast and a nobody, he would have no idea of knowing that since he was an upper-middle-class college kid from a solid and cohesive family. He also was a Christian. He set out on a planned period of time to be homeless, with a friend, and experience longing and rejection first hand. His discoveries are in line with reality, the truth about how we neglect the poor and homeless, the church being among the worst. He unfolds his account in easy reading prose, albeit with plenty of "Christianese" and "Christian culture", but if you can read it and get at the heart of what he's trying to say and sense his heart as well it is an extremely worthwhile read. I'll add that, as he also states in his book, he cannot truly know what it's like to be homeless since he has no addictions, no mental illness, has a plan and a definitive end in sight, and knows he will have all the "wants" in his life once again. However, he does a good job of getting as close as is possible.
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