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Category: Testimonies
Topic: Beyond Description - Divinely Inspired

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I just read "Under the Overpass" last weekend. I had heard Mike on the "Focus on the Family" radio series last week and thought the book sounded interesting, but when I went into a Christian book store on Saturday, it jumped off the shelf at me and I knew I was supposed to read it. I am an avid reader, and I am here to tell you, this book was so compelling, that I absolutely could not put it down. I finished it early Sunday afternoon. I just can not find any words to adequately describe how this book moved me. For the past 4 summers, I have chaperoned our church youth group on a week long mission trip through the Catholic Heart Work Camp ministry. On our first trip, 4 years ago to Denver, some of our students and one adult chaperone from my church group were assigned to the Denver Rescue Mission, which was really awesome to have sort of a personal connection to the book. After my first mission trip, my life radically changed. Even though I have always been somewhat of a spiritual person and a faithful and active church member, the experience of working with the less fortunate enriched my life and enabled me to embark on a spiritual journey that continues to this day. God used that first trip as a springboard for many other things. Even though my experiences are nothing as intense as Mike's, he brought up so many things that I also feel about our society and it's treatment of the poor. Gosh, I just am finding it hard to put into words how much this book parallels my beliefs as well as my difficulties dealing with coming home after the mission trips to all the creature comforts. We just have so much in this country and so many people don't appreciate what they have and totally focus their attention on material things instead of the things that are most important. I truly believe one day we will all have to account for the times we ignored those in need and that when scripture says, "to feed the hungry and clothe the naked", it is speaking to ME, not somebody else with more money or time.
I am rethinking my purpose in life after reading this book. I believe God may be calling me to something else. I am a nurse, but not working in a hands on nursing job. Maybe it is time to seek out a ministry that will allow me to care for both the health and spiritual needs of others. I have read much about Mother Theresa's work in Calcutta and I think she and Mike would have been good friends. Thank you for such a phenomenal book and for taking such a "leap of faith". Your courage and faith have inspired many and will continue to do so. God bless you!

Posted: 2005-07-13 21:48:00

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