Blessings of the Burden: Reflections and Lessons in Helping the Homeless
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Unfolding in five parts, Blessings of the Burden includes Burt's own journey from apathy to advocacy, a moving interview with a formerly homeless man who is now the director of an organization that fights homelessness in Cape Cod, Burt's analysis of the fourteen main reasons why homelessness is such a massive problem in America, and an example of how one community developed an innovative and cost-effective approach to helping the homeless among them. Powerful and compelling, Blessings of the Burden will inspire readers to get involved with the homeless and to become advocates for their needs, believing that they can make a difference in their communities.
Number of Pages: 125
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Alan Burt's journey, his message, and his ability to translate conviction into action are an inspiration. He is proof positive that individuals with faith, vision, and commitment can make profound differences in the lives of individuals and communities.
Massachusetts State Senator
The remarkable story of care and advocacy for the homeless on Cape Cod is inextricable from the life and witness of Alan Burt. Readers will be drawn into the sorrows and joys of the real people who are his companions on a shared journey...A model of ministry for other communities.
Andover Newton Theological School
People of faith who seek solutions to the moral disgrace of homelessness, who want to move from servicing homelessness to solving the problem, will benefit from this story.
-Philip F. Mangano
American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness
Located in: Centerville, MA
Submitted: October 17, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I am 60 years young. I have lived on Cape Cod my entire life and proud to be Portuguese and a Quaker. I have a masters degree in social work and have worked in human services for the past 35 years.
What was your motivation behind this project? As I began working with the homeless, I found myself understanding Matthew 25 first hand. As I came to know and love the homeless I was coming to really know and really love God. I was then inspired to write this book about my personal journey to God through the homeless
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I am hoping that my book will help others to open their minds and hearts to the blessings of the burden of loving and helping the homeless as the way to develop their relationship with God. This path was always here. It took me 40 years to find it though. I hope others find it much sooner.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was blind and now I see. I was lost, and am now found. Although I had faith before, I now feel Spiritually Awakened. I am a new man, blessed by the burden of helping those most in need and most importantly, blessed by so many of the homeless who helped me find my way towards God.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My main influence was the life and teachings of Jesus. In addition, I have been so inspired by the life and works of Mother Teresa. To paraphrase a statement made by her, "Most people will not realize until they are in Heaven that helping those most in need was the way to God all along."
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: We don't have to be better educated or trained or in a better position to help those most in need. What we need to do is to realize that the call of Matthew 25 beacons us all closer to the truth, to God. Love and Kindness is the way, especially to those suffering in need of this.