Homeless at Harvard: Finding Faith and Friendship on the Streets of Harvard Square
By John Christopher Frame / Zondervan
A world-renowned cosmopolitan center, Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a gathering place for the Homeless at Harvard. Stepping outside the university walls, John Frame takes you to the streets to introduce you to his homeless friends—Neal, Dane, George, and Chubby John. Read their insights on life and God, and you’ll discover that they aren’t very different from the rest of us! Softcover.
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In this unique book, each of these urban pioneers shares his own story, providing insider perspectives of life as homeless people see it. This heartwarming page-turner shows how John learned with, from, and about his homeless friends—a cast of colorful characters who tell an unforgettable story of their life shared together—focusing readers’ perspectives on problems outside themselves and teaching them how those on the streets are more like them than they ever believed.
It was very interesting to see the experience of living on the streets as a homeless person, from actual people who live there every day. I was not aware that there was a definition of homelessness beyond just sleeping on a park bench. It takes more than that to achieve the true label of homeless.
I believe it took a lot of courage for John to enter the community of the homeless. He did not have a true picture of what homeless really was until he was there. Even though he was among them, the complete experience and depth of it all he could not reach.
John was able to see each one of them as real human beings, just as you and I. He provided me with a different set of eyes to see people living on the streets. Now that I have gained an alternate view of them, it is up to me on what I do with my newly established view and knowledge.
I enjoyed hearing the experiences from the actual people who were homeless, in their own words. You can really see the intelligence behind them, their hearts, and their loneliness. Some of the people there knew God and had not forgotten Him; as He has not forgotten them. Others discovered God while they were there. Then there are those who are yet to humble themselves and accept what He has for them.
This is a truly a fantastic journey to take through John’s words and eyes. Thank you John for having the courage to enter a world some do not even want to acknowledge its existence. Thank you for being our eyes and showing us what we need to see.
What kind of followers of Jesus are we if we don’t acknowledge the rejected and overlooked.
I highly recommend this book as one to read and reflect upon.