Under The Overpass

Under The Overpass

Book - 2005
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An updated and expanded edition of the gritty, challenging, and utterly captivating portait of the homeless crisis .

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. What you encounter in these pages will radically alter how you see your world--and may even change your life.

Publisher: Sisters, Or. : Multnomah Publishers, c2005.
ISBN: 9781590524022
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 03, 2013

I did like this book. I give it a begrudging 2.5 stars. It would be excellent for a book club as there are a million things I would like to discuss about it. I think as a social worker I didn't find it mind-blowing but I enjoyed the overall message of a call to action. There were certain aspects that I did not appreciate; largely the absence of women throughout the narrative. It did come across as slightly self-indulgent as well.

Apr 01, 2010

Full of truth in a world which speaks in hushed euphemisms, Under the Overpass challenged my faith and reminded me of those I had forgotten - and what it truly means to be content in all circumstances.

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