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27 December 2010

Under the Overpass - A Welcomed Soul-jarring Read

4:53 PM Posted by steve flores , , No comments
From time to time, on my blog, I will post book reviews.  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I hope you find this review and future reviews helpful in choosing good books to read or those to stay away from.
I thoroughly enjoyed Under the Overpass, as a matter of fact, I couldn’t put it down. I read it from cover to cover in three days – easy, intriguing read, yet very challenging internally. The opening forward and the first chapter created a weight of responsibility, a beckoning call, for a deep change that needed to happen in me, if I didn’t just read this book, but opened myself to the possibilities of how I might be sensitive to hear God speak to me like He did for the author. To read the first chapter, click here.

Mike Yankoski, the author, had an idea pop into his head to live life as a homeless man, as he listened to a pastor say, "Be the Christian you say you are".  He was faced with the hypocrisy of his life and decided that he couldn’t find a connecting thread of radical, living obedience between what he said about the world and how he lived in it. He didn’t want to just read scripture and do nothing, but wanted to extend love to people who are considered, unlovable, unwanted, and outcasts – be Jesus to them – something he felt he didn’t identify with.

So, with nothing more than a pair of boxers, a pair of shorts, a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, and a sweatshirt – add books, journals, and a couple of battered guitars to support panhandling, this book is an account of Mike and Sam’s (a friend) five month journey in 6 major cities of the United States. Unsurprisingly, he discovered, through his journey, he wasn’t the only Christian whose actions didn’t match their words. The lessons they learned, the people they met, the hardships, and the sacrifice will challenge you to evaluate your love or lack of love for unloveables. If you call yourself a Christ-follower, be prepared to be made uncomfortable. I absolutely recommend this book.

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