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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,906 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Yankoski Narrator: Mike Yankoski, Sam Purvis Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781608144198
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Yankoski's parents were right: It was crazy to live as a homeless person in six American cities for five months; fortunately, this crazy idea makes for quite a story. Yankoski, a Christian college student, challenges the reader to learn about faith, identify with the poor and find "more forgotten, ruined, beautiful people than we ever imagined existed, and more reason to hope in their redemption." The journey begins at a Denver rescue mission and ends on a California beach. Along the way, Yankoski and a friend learn the perils of poor hygiene and the secrets of panhandling. They meet unfortunates like Andrew, who squanders his musical talent to feed his drug habit, and hustlers like Jake, who gives the pair tips about how to look and sound more pitiful to get more money. Yankoski tends to moralize: "If we respond to others based on their outward appearance, haven't we entirely missed the point of the Gospel?" Still, the audio book features fine writing ("I awoke, rolled over and saw beads of sweat already forming on my arms. Saturday, early morning, Phoenix") and vivid stories, authentically revealing an underworld of need.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Palacios | 2/20/2014

    " It's a difficult book to read. And it's making me think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Fleming-Swehla | 2/14/2014

    " This was an interesting read. Mike and Sam, two young well off Christians set out to live on the streets as homeless men for about 6 months to learn how their faith will withstand the trials, to learn how the church treats the homeless and to evangelize. I thought I'd read about Mike and Sam preaching and trying to lead people to God, but instead they existed among the homeless and witnessed by just being there, singing and without "Bible thumping". I liked that. There were times in the story where Mike seemed preachy and judgmental (especially when churches and business owners did not give them things or care for them the way they wanted.) In any case, the story was such an interesting inside look into the culture of being homeless. Mike made some great points about the difficulties the homeless have in actually getting off the streets and staying there. I'm sure this experience will stay with Mike and Sam forever. Very interesting experiment, and I'm glad Mike chose to write about it and share their experiences. I don't think it's possible to read this story and not look more closely at the homeless and think about their situation more deeply. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misserose | 2/3/2014

    " This book was really powerful-- every person who calls themselves Christian should read it. Really puts things in perspective! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Kissel | 2/3/2014

    " This was a great book! Mike and Sam's experiences were eye-opening and inspiring, the kind that make you want to stand up and take action! I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's very unique, and I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crizzle | 1/17/2014

    " The author and another middle-class college guy give up their comfortable lives for half a year to live homeless in a handful of metropolitan areas of the US. He wrote on homelessness and how many Christians and churches ignored/turned their back on them... but how even some other homeless guys showed them true Christian love. He challenges you to live out your faith in tangible ways. He gives you ideas at the end of the book in what you can do to show love to the homeless community, and to love your neighbor as yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 1/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresea | 1/6/2014

    " What a GREAT book. Talk about walking in someone else's shoes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Wickham | 12/27/2013

    " A first-hand retelling of the experiences of two young men as they spent six months on the streets of five major American cities, living as homeless men. The account highlighted the personhood of those who live on the streets and has given me a new perspective when I see a homeless person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kearsten Westmoreland | 11/25/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. It takes a very brave person to give everything up simply to understand another person's perspective. Very interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan A. | 11/11/2013

    " Great for discussion. Helped me to view homelessness in a new way. Wish the "epilogue" section had been more fleshed out. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 8/11/2013

    " This made me think about whether I'm living my life for Christ all the time. Very readable, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 trisha | 7/28/2013

    " the real deal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Chambers | 6/15/2013

    " Loved the book! Couldn't put it down. I love the message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marquita | 5/18/2013

    " A young man's experience living on the streets (by choice) for 6 months and what role the Christian community played in helping, or not helping homeless people. Very eye opening into a world not many become intimate with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Reed | 4/25/2013

    " This book has changed the way I view the homeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/14/2012

    " Loved this book ! Will never see the homeless the same. Author did a great job describing the characters - made you feel like you knew them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/8/2012

    " Definitely a book that made me think a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 6/22/2012

    " What a great book! Really well written. But more than that, inspiring. So glad I read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Sanford | 5/7/2012

    " Some books I read for entertainment some for knowledge of my fav subject history .. Read under the overpass if u won't to be affected by what u just read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Spiller | 3/6/2012

    " i couldn't do it, but enjoyed mike's journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaci | 5/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book because it was very interesting to see how two "normal" men functioned when they were homeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 3/20/2011

    " I'm not real religious but the idea of a really devout christian living homeless for a year is amazing. The book was terrific. Any teenager should read this to understand just how lucky they really are. A terrific Graduation present. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 12/30/2010

    " Really opens up the world of homelessness in America in a simple format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/13/2010

    " It's a difficult book to read. And it's making me think. "

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