Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Book Review: Under the Overpass

I couldn't sleep last night due to a toothache that I've been trying to ignore for the last week (never have I wanted powerful drugs as much as I do right now). Anyway, someone had loaned me this book so I read it last night...yes the whole thing. Anyway, it's about a guy who chose to live among the homeless in five different U.S. cities over the course of about six months. Some of it I really liked, other parts felt like two white, middle class college students hunting for material that they could put in a book and sell. (Call me cynical, but it's what I feel about a lot of Christian publishing, and I've got a severe toothache today and am feeling just a little bit surly, so if I'm way off base, I'm sorry). Anyway, here's one good quotation that I really liked: "Be relentlessly suspicious of your comfortable life, and of the comfort zones that render so many Christian fellowships insensitive and ineffective in our communities." I think that it's real easy for us to retreat into our beautiful church buildings and ignore that the world really needs us on their terms, not always on ours. Gotta go....

1 comment:

david rudd said...

after our high school kids returned from their trip to chicago, several parents started reading this book because they wanted to understand what their kids were talking about. they are raving about it...
its now on my list.