Friday, December 10, 2010

Under The Overpass by Mike Yankoski

"What's worse? To do dope or to not love your brother? Why do we kick drug users out of the church while quietly overlooking those who are ignoring their own different but equally destructive sins? Why do we reject the loving, self-sacrificing, giving, encouraging, Jesus-pursuing drug addict but recruit the clean, self-interested, gossiping, loveless churchgoer?  Which one do you suppose Jesus would rather share a burrito with under a bridge?" (pp. 96-97, "Under The Overpass", Waterbrook Multnomah, 2010)  Gets under your skin, doesn't it?  Such is the nature of the story shared by Mike Yankoski, a self-proclaimed "upper middle-class Christian college student" who, with a friend, felt God's call to leave what they felt was safe and journey into the unknown world of the homeless.  With only one set of clothes, a couple of cheap thrift store backpacks and sleeping bags, and an old guitar, they set out to become "homeless" in six different cities.  You'll smell their filthy clothes, sense the rats and the roaches, and shiver when it starts to rain. You'll cringe when the Christians pass them by, and you'll find yourself asking "was that me? Was I one of the ones who walked on by?".  By the time you're finished reading, you won't be able to look at anyone you'd considered "untouchable" the same again, and maybe, just maybe, you'll go over and shake their hand.

Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. Check out the first chapter at or read the Under The Overpass Action Plan at


  1. Wow this book asks a lot of poignant questions. It is definitely on my list of books to be read. Thanks for the review, it was very helpful!

  2. Sounds like a good read :) .Did you post this on twitter too. Don't forget to mention that you are giving away a book!!

  3. The quote you posted was so powerful that I had to look it up to see where it came from. Great review of the book, not sure I'll be thrilled to sense the roaches or the rats, but you've convinced me I need to read this book.