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I've listened to Mike Yankoski's story several times on radio broadcasts. The first time I heard him several years ago, I was intrigued by what he actually did for several months and was very interested in his book.
Under the Overpass is narrative about being homeless, written from a first hand perspective. Mike and a friend, Sam, ventured out in to the world from May 2003 to November 2003 as homeless men. They lived it, walked it and traveled it, with nothing but their guitars and their backpacks. They sang for food, begged for food, and even did a bit of dumpster diving. They met everyone from Bible believing homeless men to crack addicts. They lived it. For real.
Their goal was to see life from the perspective of someone who is homeless. To see where they could fit in, what was being done, could people without homes really be helped.
This book is real, and alive and really relays the issues that people without homes deal with. Or what they had dealt with. The choices they made to get them where they are and the choices they are making to get them to a better place are all laid out in this book.
I highly recommend this as a great example of what life is really like on the streets. While they admit, they were well supervised and at any given moment could have walked back into their "old lives," they also know that their view on people was forever changed.
After reading this book, I can see people in a new light. Each person was created in God's image. There are no accidents in the creation of humans. As I read I remember what I always say to Mark, "Each person has a story. And I love finding out about it."
I definitely will view the plight of the homeless in a different light and pray that I can teach my kids to do the same. Whether it's by choice or circumstance, God has a plan for all of us.
Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski can be purchased at Amazon.com and other book stores!
(Disclaimer: Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for Blogging for Books)