Blessings of the Burden: Reflections and Lessons in Helping the Homeless  -     By: Alan R. Burt
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Blessings of the Burden: Reflections and Lessons in Helping the Homeless

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2013 / Paperback

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In Blessings of the Burden Alan R. Burt shares his heart for people who are homeless. Full of personal stories drawn from almost two decades of firsthand experience working with the homeless, this book is a passionate plea for greater community involvement in confronting the pressing social problem of homelessness.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 125
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802868606
ISBN-13: 9780802868602
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Publisher's Description

In Blessings of the Burden Alan R. Burt shares his heart for people who are homeless. Full of personal stories drawn from almost two decades of firsthand experience working with the homeless, this book is a passionate plea for greater community involvement in confronting the pressing social problem of homelessness. 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 twelve 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.

Endorsements

Blessings of the Burden is a heartfelt reflection on the plight of the homeless in America. In this touching personal account of his own work with homeless people, Alan Burt gives voice to the voiceless among us — people we all too often ignore and neglect. Woven into this compilation of stories is a perceptive analysis of the forces that cause homelessness as well as prayers and lessons about what ordinary people like us can do. May this slim volume find a broad readership.
-Steven Bouma-Prediger
Hope College

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.
-Dan Wolf
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.
-Gabriel Fackre
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

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Author: Alan Burt
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.

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