Homeless at Harvard: Finding Faith and Friendship on the Streets of Harvard Square  -     By: John Christopher Frame
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Homeless at Harvard: Finding Faith and Friendship on the Streets of Harvard Square

Zondervan / 2013 / Paperback

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A world-renowned cosmopolitan center, Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a gathering place for the Homeless at Harvard. Stepping outside the university walls, John Frame takes you to the streets to introduce you to his homeless friends---Neal, Dane, George, and Chubby John. Read their insights on life and God, and you'll discover that they aren't very different from the rest of us! Softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 1.10 X 6.10 X 8.10 (inches)
ISBN: 031031867X
ISBN-13: 9780310318675
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Publisher's Description

While taking his final course at Harvard, John Frame stepped outside the walls of academia and onto the streets, pursuing a different kind of education with his homeless friends. Combining the author’s story with the stories of those who’ve been on the streets, Homeless at Harvard tells an unforgettable story of life together on the streets of Harvard Square.

Author Bio

John Frame holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School, Anderson University, and Eastern Michigan University. He has worked in local government and has taught courses at several colleges. He enjoys spending time with his wife, whom he met at a souvenir shop in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

 

 

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Spending a summer living on the streets of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., Frame recounts his experiences and education in the ways of being homeless, in this, his debut effort. 'Divinity John,' as he comes to be called, offers an account more personal than academic, its anthropology and theology distinguished by a warmth missing in other books on the same topic. This is not a systematic treatment of strategies for alleviating homelessness. Instead, it is a narrative with firsthand accounts from the author and some of the homeless people he befriends, meant to humanize the marginalized 'other' and introduce the reader to how homeless people live. Mirroring the author's own perspective shift, the book leads the reader to recognize the struggles of homeless people, as well as their humanity, community, and their distinct desire for forming relationships. The book is touching, and well worth the read, if only to provide a more informed view of a group that is frequently misunderstood.

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  1. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Outside looking in even while living on the street
    July 31, 2013
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    "Homeless at Harvard" is a memoir about a young man who lived among the homeless community at Harvard Square to better understand homelessness. He was taking a summer course at Harvard and had access to campus facilities, but he spent his free time on the streets and he slept on the streets. Much of the book was about his experiences on the street and about his childhood, but he also shared the stories of some of his homeless friends and included some of their thoughts "in their own words."

    The writing was somewhat disjointed, though usually it wasn't hard to follow. The author would start the chapter talking about an experience he had while on the street--like learning to beg for money--and then he'd jump to a story from his past or to some thoughts he had about how he wasn't really homeless even though he was sleeping on the streets. Then he'd finish the original story. He also sometimes contradicted himself or the homeless people would--like someone said the homeless aren't all addicts or mentally ill, yet a few chapters later someone said they were.

    I don't feel like I gained insight into why people are homeless, but I did learn some things about homeless people. The homeless in Harvard Square only lacked for homes--not food, not medical care, not alcohol or drugs, not lottery tickets, not cell phones or grills or digital cameras. A few of those begging money even had homes! Many were addicts. Even those who didn't think they were mentally ill didn't have an accurate grasp of reality, though sometimes that appeared to be a product of their upbringing. They had a very works-oriented, confused view of God, and even the author didn't view God as sovereign (i.e. in control of everything).

    The author's conclusion was that spending time with the homeless and treating them like people will do more good than giving them your pocket change. The book didn't really show that to be true, but it is clear that giving them money doesn't help. So spending time is worth a try.

    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through Booksneeze.com.
  2. Dad of Divas
    Lansing, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Transforming Book!
    July 21, 2013
    Dad of Divas
    Lansing, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a powerful ethnographic study on what it means to be homeless in a city and community that is filled by intellectual pursuit. The book was a great read and so insightful. The author did a great job at becoming a part of the culture and really being able to get to know the people and what they have to share about life, and about spirituality. You learn so much about the homeless people, from their daily routines to tricks that they use to survive and so much more. I have always been interested in ethnographic inquiry and the author has done a great job in this, staying true to form and transporting the reader into the culture which is the true mark of a great ethnographer (in my perspective)! You will be amazed and changed by what you learn here!
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