Welcome Homeless: One Man’s Journey of Discovering the Meaning of Home

Welcome Homeless: One Man's Journey of Discovering the Meaning of Home Author Alan Graham
ISBN-10 0718086554
ISBN-13 9780718086558
Year 2017-03-07
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Thomas Nelson
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Homeless No other word better describes our modern day suffering It reveals one of our deepest and most painful conditionsnot 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 well 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 weve 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 bethat 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 eartha 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 differentlyand others will start seeing you made anew as well because the absolute greatest self help occurs when you help others

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