The amazing story of a homeless schizophrenic who taught a community to care. For nearly twenty years, Jeff Pastorino sat on a bench in Point Loma, California. Despite his mental illness, he touched the hearts and lives of countless people.
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Many of us have often looked at the 'Homeless' population in our society and wondered, how can I, one person, help this rampant situation? Reading 'The Man On The Bench' reveals to those of us who shy away from these situations to open our minds and our hearts to the human race. Where our society/government falls short of assistance in the issues of mental health and homelessness, we find one man (and his wife) who have the compassion to climb one more 'mountain' by befriending a homeless human being who becomes an icon of humanity to an entire community. Those of us who were touched by this book will no longer look at any man (or woman) on a 'bench' in the same way.
The story of Jeff Pastorino is hard to put down. I never thought about what made mentally ill street people tick, but Jones brings it all to life. Pastorino's story is interesting and captivating, but more than anything else, it makes you view life from behind a different color lens. Maybe he wasn't as crazy as people thought. On the other hand, maybe we're crazier than we think. It took Jones years to get inside Pastorino's world. This book brings it all to life. After reading this book, I'll never view the homeless and mentally ill in the same way. It's truly an incredibly interesting read.