Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Under the Overpass - Book Review

Book Synopsis:

5th Anniversary - Updated & Expanded Edition
With Foreword by FRANCIS CHAN

Ever Wonder What it Would Be Like to Live Homeless?

Mike Yankoski did more than just wonder. By his own choice, Mike's life went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth repulsive overnight. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to experience life on the streets in six different cities—from Washington D.C. to San Diego— and they put themselves to the test.

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. They wanted to find out if their faith was real, if they could actually be the Christians they said they were apart from the comforts they’d always known…to discover first hand what it means to be homeless in America.

Mike and Sam's story is gritty, challenging, and utterly captivating. What you encounter in these pages will radically alter how you see your world—and may even change your life.

This updated and expanded edition of Under the Overpass contains added stories, an interview with the author, a “five years after” bonus chapter, and a new foreword from Francis Chan.

My Review:

I live in a large town that is dotted with just a few homeless people. Sometime I receive calls at work about them, how they are rummaging through trash or sleeping on people's porches. Law enforcement gets sent out to shoo them away, until the next person calls in a complaint. I know a couple of the homeless we deal with are there on their own accord, having whittled away what they own just to support their alcohol habit. I also know that there are a few who were forced onto the streets, due to economic situations.

Under the Overpass is a book that brings home the harsh realities of being homeless. The struggles and trials that the homeless have to go through each and every day is heartbreaking. They have to fight for food, survival, shelter, and compansionship. Author Mike Yankoski not only tells the story, but lives it. He and his partner choose to give up everything they have to live on the streets, to tell the stories of the homeless and to test their own limits on how much they can rely on God's will.

This book will make you look at being homeless in a new light. It will also put you in touch with your own self and make you question how far you'd be willing to go to put your ultimate faith in God.

I received book for review from WaterBrook Multnomah. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.

2 comments:

Johnnie said...

Interesting. I will have to read this. I don't think I would have the courage these guys demonstrated. Thanks for the review. Blessings...

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Michelle Elizondo said...

How sweet.