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Live Life Loud
You passed that same ol' bum on the street this morning. You sat
next to some smelly girl on the subway last night. You ordered a
burger from a worn-out cashier over your lunch hour. What do you
think about these people? What does God think about them? "My 30
Days Under the Overpass" is not a devotional you will read in your
quiet time, then carry on with your day. It's something you'll
actually do--all day, every day--because these thirty days will
rock you. Intense reflection on God's thoughts and feelings toward
the poor, broken, and downtrodden will change you...and "you will"
begin to change the world. Not on your next mission trip. Not at
church next Sunday. But right here, right now.
How do you treat others--those you like, know, don't know, don't
like? Those who fall into your comfort zone, and those who shove
you outside of it?
Mike Yankoski and his buddy, Sam, chose to become homeless to
discover their answer.
Would you go sleep under a bridge in the rain? Would you panhandle
for your next meal? Would you help those who do?
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least
of these, you did not do for me," said Jesus (Matthew 25:45).
This is not your average devotional. You'll read it, but you'll
also "do" it. Get ready for a life change that will change lives.
"Mike takes Christ at His word, and challenges you to summon the
courage to live the real Christian faith."
Dean R. Hirsch, President, World Vision International
Story Behind the Book
"Is God enough to sustain me? Is He trustworthy? Is He worth
staking my life on? What happens if I die? Will I even survive?
Such questions rang loudly in my mind as Sam and I decided to lay
down everything in a full embrace of the homeless life. Some
experiences were uncomfortable, some shocking, some disturbing,
some hilarious, and still others frustrating. But five months of
life on the streets has left us, our faith, and our lives forever
changed. We've been back from the streets for two years, and now
this devotional makes it possible for people to make real-life
changes. It contains stories and reflections not included in "Under
the Overpass" ." --Mike Yankoski
"5th Anniversary - Updated & Expanded Edition
With foreword by Francis Chan"
Ever Wonder What it Would Be Like to Live Homeless?
Mike Yankoski did more than just wonder. By his own choice, Mike's
life went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth
repulsive overnight. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a
guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to
experience life on the streets in six different cities--from
Washington D.C. to San Diego-- and they put themselves to the
For more than five months the pair experienced firsthand the
extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of
living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social
rejection--and all of this by their own choice. They wanted to find
out if their faith was real, if they could actually be the
Christians they said they were apart from the comforts they'd
always known...to discover first hand what it means to be homeless
Mike and Sam's story is gritty, challenging, and utterly
captivating. What you encounter in these pages will radically alter
how you see your world--and may even change your life.