Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2005
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Availability: Available to ship on or about 09/15/14.
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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 citiesfrom 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 rejectionand 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 theyd 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 worldand may even change your life.
School Library Journal
"The Scriptures are filled with images of a God who is casting down the mighty and lifting up the lowly, of the last becoming first and the first last. In relentless nonconformity to the patterns of our culture, the Christian call is not to move away from suffering but to move toward it, so that we can bear some of the burdens carried by our brothers and sisters. Here is one story of the downward mobility of the Kingdom. It is a story that dares you to move closer to the margins, to the suffering, to the pain. . . and to meet Jesus therein His many disguises."
Shane Claiborne, best-selling author, activist, and recovering sinner
"Under the Overpass is a captivating, terrifying, encouraging, motivating, saddening, amazing account of a young man who died to self with the assurance that God knows best. Rarely does a book move me this much. Mike Yankoski doesnt have a little liquid fire in his heart; he is consumed by it. Let his book ignite your heart and soul."
Ryan Dobson, best-selling author of Be Intolerant and To Die For
"Every once in a while a book comes along that is so raw and revealing it proves to be a catalyst for cognizance and conviction for multiple generations. Under the Overpass is such a book. Mike and Sams five-month journey through the underbelly of America was not a brazen stunt by bored college students but a quest born out of guilt and curiosity thatbecame a Christ-fueled passion for the poor and dispossessed. I know Mike and am inspired by the fact that his zeal has intensified over time. He lives what he learned on the streets. Be careful as you read this timely book; it could radically change your perceptions and maybe even your calling."
John Ashmen, president, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
"Often its hard to understand why God calls us to do difficult things. But when were willing to answer His call, our lives are forever changed. Mike and Sam were willing to say, Here I am, Lord, and I have no doubt that their story will change you too!"
Brad Meuli, president, Denver Rescue Mission
"Everyone with a beating heart will benefit from reading this book. Leading through example, Mike Yankoski takes readers on his amazing journey through the forgotten streets of America. Into the darkest places where most choose not to look, Mike chose to go. This book is so deeply moving that emotion is soon overrun with an honest desire to make a difference for what our dear Lord calls the least of these."
Kim Meeder, best-selling author of Blind Hope and Hope Rising
"Mike Yankoski hangs out with alcoholics and drug addicts. He panhandles for bus fare and eats from dumpsters. Yes, he has guts. But he also has faith."
Dean R. Hirsch, President, World Vision
Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Makes you thinkNovember 18, 2013Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5We all get busy in our day to day lives and we rarely give much thought to those that live out in the street. This book gives you a eye opening, in your face account about what it means to be homeless, to go without eating for days, to have to sleep with one eye open, not to be safe behind four walls and a security system.
This is a book that every christian should read, whether you are called to work with or pray for those that have so little.
TuckersdadWestern North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A book everyone should read!June 26, 2013TuckersdadWestern North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I currently volunteer at a rescue mission one night a week and serve at a soup kitchen every Thursday. This book has really helped me understand the challenges the homeless face, challenges we have never experienced. I truly believe God motivated Mike to take this journey and write this book so we the much more fortunate can get some insight into the lives of those semi invisible people we tend not to see by choice. I commend Mike for his courage. Everyone should read this book!
Fullquiver231White Cloud, MIAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Thought provoking book.April 19, 2013Fullquiver231White Cloud, MIAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A book that challenges your comfort zone and your idea of faith in America today. I would highly recommend all who proclaim Christ to read this book.
a fellow travelerAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5graphic understanding of the homelessMarch 2, 2012a fellow travelerAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5This is required reading for anyone who cares for or ministers to the homeless. Although the author is a young man, he gathers great wisdom and understanding during his journey through one of the the less fortunate parts of our society.
MillyRapid City SDAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellent book! everyone should read this!!January 4, 2012MillyRapid City SDAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book. I mean that these boys would do this. I don't know how the homeless do it day after day. This just re-affirms my dream to build a soup kitchen/shelter in my area. Thank you Mike & Sam for opening my eyes even more. GOD bless & keep witness-ing.
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