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Night after night Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and on the streets. They were forced to depend on the generosity and kindness of strangers as they panhandled to sustain their existence. 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. This is their story. Through Mike's firsthand account, Under the Overpass provides important insight into the truths of the street and calls the younger generation of believers to take great risks of faith to bring Christ's love to the neediest corners of the world.
©2005 Mike Yankoski; (P)2005 Oasis Audio

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  • Beverly
  • Bloomington, MN, USA
  • 08-18-09

Be ready to change your life

The author and his friend lived an experience most people never want to go through and few would willilngly enter. They entered into homelessness without backups of extra cash, credit cards or a secret place to shower or eat. They introduced homeless people as individuals in all of their strengths and weaknesses. I was amazed at the way these men stuck to their plan and did not share their "real identity" or do anything to set themselves apart in the eyes of the homeless or non homeless. They ended the book in a great epilogue that gave advice to anyone who wanted to help homeless people as individuals and as a group. I am awed by what these men did in order to really know what it means to love our neighbors and to really care about others.

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living out Jesus with the homeless

A beautiful book describing two young, Christian men that want to explore the homeless condition in America up close and personally. These guys not only take their faith seriously but live it out. Every pastor should read this especially those that oppose social justice. These guys live out Jesus.
Along their journey you'll have their answer to the question should I give money to panhandlers? You'll also hear their critique for churches that don't respond to Jesus' question 'where were you when I was hungry?'
My favorite quote: "Love can't cover wrongs if we let frustration keep us apart." This was Mike's response when they decided to revisit a church that kicked them out but responded with grace the second time around.

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thank you

this book changed my life!!!..
I always thought i was a good person and when i heard this it opened my eyes and heart more to God, and more about how to be a better Christain.

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So Great

I loved everything about this. The guys reading it, lived it. They are fantastic and I am in awe of their ability to have lived on the streets and report what they lived to the Christian community so that we might look at ourselves and our reactions to homeless people and how we build our fellow humans up no matter the circumstances they may be facing.

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Inspiring!

Read this book! It's so inspiring yet made me cry at times. I mean that as a compliment. So amazing what these young people did in this true story. Read it and you won't regret it no matter what faith you belong to or consider yourself a believer of etc. It's for everyone. And that's no surprise as kindness and love is for everyone!

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Impactful

Really one of the most impactful books I've read.
How's life for you now?

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Loved It!

As for the guy that remarked about the book being about a couple of "Jesus Freaks"... Do you own a three legged dog?

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Good book!

Definitely made me realize how much I take for granted! Thank-you to everyone involved in getting it together!

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GREAT

Wonderful, thought provoking, and eye opening.
Definitely recommend reading this whilst walking around your town and examining the darkness around you that you never notice while driving by during your busy life

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Real eye opener as well as a heart opener

I always wondered what the Homeless World look like from the other side of the street now I know...