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Welcome Homeless - by Alan Graham (Paperback)

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  • Homeless.No other word better describes our modern-day suffering.
  • Author(s): Alan Graham
  • 240 Pages
  • Religion + Beliefs, Christian Life

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Discover What It Means to Come Home. Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Community First! Village, is improving the quality of life for a large quantity of people through sharing his personal story of becoming more human through humanizing others.



Book Synopsis



Homeless.

No other word better describes our modern-day suffering. It reveals one of our deepest and most painful conditions--not having a sense of belonging. However, Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First! Village, is improving the quality of life for a large quantity of people through sharing his personal story of becoming more human through humanizing others. Graham believes the more we can give people dignity, the power of choice, and genuine community, the better we'll be able to offer solutions that will have impact on the world at large. And while his missionary work is focused on giving a home to the physically homeless, he also wants to transform the lives of every living person by shifting the paradigm in understanding what it means to be "home." In Welcome Homeless, Graham delves deep into what it means to be connected to God, the earth, and each other. In doing so, he shows us the home we've all longed for but never had.

Welcome Homeless is about becoming fully human by being fully present. It is about finally connecting with the disconnected and finding our identity through knowing the true identity of others. Graham wants to engrain the human story in you so deeply that you start being who you were made to be--that you start finally being like the image from which you were made and start empathizing instead of sympathizing with the people around you. Similar to how we can become 100 percent fully human by mimicking the ultimate image, we can shape a better world by mimicking the picture of the new heaven and the new earth--a picture that has reality at the heart of it but is beyond our imagination. Alan Graham also shares his personal story, the stories of the homeless, and the stories of those whose worldviews have been shifted by the homeless. Because of his raw, humorous, and honest voice, he achieves a rare and profound universality. Houses become homes once they embody the stories of the people who have made these spaces into places of significance, meaning, and memory. Home is fundamentally a place of connection and of relationships that are life-giving and foundational. Graham invites you to make everyone feel truly at home by finally inviting those living on the fringes of society into your heart.

This is why Welcome Homeless is about doing, not saying. It is about taking the ultimate and forward-thinking vision of a new heaven and new earth and literally breaking the soil so that new earth can exist here today. It is about realizing that homelessness is not fundamentally a consequence of moral and spiritual inadequacies; but rather it is often the logical and economical outcome for a large part of our population.

So, what does your vision of humanity and love look like? Whatever the vision, it should look like community. People should feel more alive after they meet you. When your consciousness changes from one of self-absorption to a consciousness aware of its human desire for connection, compassion, kindness, and beauty, you will start seeing things differently--and others will start seeing you made anew as well because the absolute greatest self-help occurs when you help others

Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 240
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Christian Life
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback
Author: Alan Graham
Language: English
Street Date: March 7, 2017
TCIN: 51833281
UPC: 9780718086558
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-2554
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews

God Is In the Dumpster

5 out of 5 stars
najdG - 3 years ago
I have spent some portion of my life in homeless advocacy, so it was only a matter of time before someone introduced me to Alan Graham’s introspective memoir, “Welcome Homeless.” I found myself immediately connecting with Graham in this way, down to the unwritten philosophies that we both seem to operate under. For instance, one of my personal mantras in homeless advocacy has always been “if you aren’t getting out of your car, then you’re not doing your job.” Imagine how pleasing it was to see Graham state on page 17 that “You can’t understand the heart of people from a car. You’ve got to get out of the car.” But my (perhaps narcissistic) appreciation for Graham went beyond my like-mindedness with him. I can’t tell you how many times I interrupted myself reading this book to lean over to my wife and say, “this guy is one of the best storytellers out there.” I pride myself on telling stories through my writing, which often makes it hard for me to appreciate other novels and memoirs. Not with this book. I found myself strongly admiring the way Graham (and agent/editor Lauren Hall) was able to weave individual stories into universal truths, just as seamlessly as his ministry has allowed him to weave peoples’ lives together. The crux of this book - beyond the stories themselves - is that America has become an interpersonal, impersonal society. Graham makes the compelling case that the thing that our nation lacks most isn’t necessarily a lack of sociopolitical equilibrium (though that’s probably a Top 3 contributor), but what we lack most is true community and the meaty relationships that come with such an environment. This book changed my way of thinking, even as I’ve already been working in this social justice area for awhile. Very few books in my life have ever done that - I can count those books on one hand. The most important takeaway that I got from this book was the impenetrable truth that so many of us forget when we see a person experiencing homelessness: God is in the dumpster just as much as He’s in our cookie-cutter suburban granite-counter-toting kitchens.
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