The unforgettable odyssey of an upscale college student who decided to ditch his comforts and put himself and his faith to the test as a homeless person on the streets of America.
Mike Yankoski’s life went from deluxe to disgusting almost overnight—and not by accident. He had become convinced that all the comfortable theorizing at his elite Christian college about God and life wouldn’t add up to much in the real world. So with a bag on his back, a guitar, and a college friend named Sam, Mike he went to find out. First stop—a bed in a rehab program at the Denver Rescue Mission. Next stop—any old place on the sidewalk where they could roll out their bags for the night.
Over the course of the next six months, Mike and Sam immersed themselves in the homeless experience from Denver to Washington D.C., Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix and San Diego. Often hungry, filthy and in danger, they discovered that to be homeless in America is to become unseen, taunted or shunned—even by the church.
This new and expanded five year edition will win an even wider following for this remarkable account—part adventure travel, part social commentary, part Christian manifesto—of youthful idealism put to the test.
Publication History: Multnomah TP Original (3/05)