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Homeless at Harvard: Finding Faith and Friendship on the Streets of Harvard Square

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“…filled with nuggets of poignant wisdom gleaned from the lives and observations of the homeless…It will tug at heartstrings and cause readers to reevaluate how they view the outcasts of society.” –Lindsay Williams, Crosswalk.com

 


Neal

Neal

While finishing up his degree at Harvard Divinity School, John Christopher Frame stepped outside the walls of academia and onto the streets, spending a summer with the homeless community around Harvard University.

Dane

Dane

During those ten weeks, John better understood a world he had known only from the outside, becoming even more aware of not only what the homeless did, but who the homeless are.

John’s street companions included Chubby John, who offered John a tent at his camp before the summer even began;

Chubby John

Chubby John

George, who was the first homeless person John met after moving to the area the year before; and Dane, a former cocaine addict who spoke with a professor’s vocabulary. John became especially close with Neal, a deeply spiritual man who battled the bottle, along with concerns that, because of his health, he may have been living his last days.

George

George

In this unique book, the author’s narrative is blended with the words of these four urban pioneers, who share their own stories, offering first-person-insider perspectives of life as they see it. The book shows how John learned with, from, and about his homeless friends, sharing an unforgettable story–told together–of life on the streets.

Published by Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins.


“The book is touching, and well worth the read…” Publishers Weekly

“Frame’s account is unvarnished and authentic. For anyone who seeks the common face of humanity in the world, this is an important book. For those who seek to serve this population, it is indispensable.” W. Hicks
Amazon review

“…a great read…hard to put down.”Dr. John Aukerman
Anderson University School of Theology


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Book Introduction

I stood and gawked. Bundled in warm blankets and sleeping bags, people were asleep and nestled under the outdoor alcove of the Harvard Coop bookstore, across the street and about

The Harvard Coop bookstore at night

The Harvard Coop bookstore at night

a hundred feet away from the gates of Harvard Yard. They were motionless, like bodies ready to be picked up by an undertaker; lonely, like campers expelled from an expedition.

I had decided to get off the subway to look around a place that was as foreign to me as the homeless individuals now sleeping in my presence. I was sightseeing that October night while in Boston for a conference. However, I wasn’t expecting to see anything, or rather anyone, like this in Harvard Square, the business district around Harvard University.

Leaving Harvard Square that night, I didn’t know if I’d ever walk by that bookstore again. Soon, though, I’d meet some of the people who had slept there. And less than two years later… (continue reading on Scribd)


Click to watch Neal play an original song

Click to watch Neal play an original song

Click to hear Dane recite an original poem

Click to hear Dane recite an original poem

          

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 More Praise for Homeless at Harvard:

“This book changed forever the way I view the homeless…I recommend this book to everyone. It will open your eyes to a whole new way of relating, not just to the homeless, but to everyone around you.” Nicole Riviera, Blogger
http://www.nicolelrivera.com
“Frame addresses all the big issues you think about when you consider homelessness: addiction, abuse, gender issues, religion, mental health, and learned helplessness.” Jennifer Bardsley, Blogger
http://teachingmybabytoread.com
“If the book was not genuine enough, you got to hear from the actual people in the story.” Kenneth Campbell III
Amazon review
“This was such a great book that I could picture everything going on, as if I were there.” Kyle Conrad, Blogger
https://thekyleconrad.wordpress.com


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(Available in paperback, Kindle, and audio book download)

 


Disclosure: Most reviewers quoted in the testimonials above received a free review copy of Homeless at Harvard from the publisher, but were not required to write a positive review. This is a standard practice in the publishing industry.