Be honest. You don't see yourself as a judgmental person. But in my experience, many of us have deep-seated ideas of who the homeless are: alcoholics, addicts, people who are mentally ill or lazy, and criminals. Although these things may be true in some instances, this understanding overlooks the deep and rich character of many people who live in the homeless community. This book contains stories of some of my homeless friends, people who have meant a great deal to me and have profoundly changed my life for the better. Take time to hear their stories, discover something about their character-and maybe yours-and dispel your myths about the homeless.
|Publisher:||Huff Publishing Associates|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
RICHARD BAHR co-founded Threshold to New Life with his wife, Carla. This social ministry helps those who are homeless or have recently experienced homelessness to obtain or keep their housing. Richard is deeply involved in serving the homeless in Minneapolis through other ministries with which he is involved, by serving meals and providing basic living necessities, but most importantly his friendship. All profits from this book will work to fund this ministry.
Table of Contents
1 Opening 1
2 Don't pray for this (patience) 9
3 What's the attitude? (gratitude) 21
4 True grit (perseverance) 37
5 More powerful than a locomotive (stamina) 51
6 You've got to have … (faith) 65
7 The heart of the matter (serving) 81
8 Don't bring me down (not defined by circumstances) 97
9 It's better to give (generosity) 111
10 The greatest of these (love) 127
11 Conclusion 141
Appendix: Thoughts on dealing with panhandlers 149
About Threshold to New Life 160
About the author 162
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Richard Bahr’s book is not only a check on our attitude about ‘those people’—the poor, homeless, marginalized—but it’s also a check on the view of our own lives. He encourages us to be more patient, more grateful, more persevering, have more stamina...more love. It also is a very practical book on how to deal those uncomfortable situations we often face along the streets, at the intersections, when in conversations with someone less fortunate than ourselves. Especially helpful is the appendix.