Can you define homelessness? Can you explain it? Three years ago I certainly couldn’t, at least not beyond stating that it was a person without a home, which to me seemed akin to saying a sick person is a person without health; that is, not very informative.
Homeless Hero: Understanding the Soul of Home is my search to understand the true meaning of homelessness. To do this I went to the Lodestar Day Resource Center in Phoenix, AZ, located on one of largest homeless service campuses in the world, and interviewed both homeless individuals and those who help them. These interviews revealed several answers to the question, “What is homelessness?”, and I quickly learned that homelessness is a phenomenon for which even answers look like questions.
I spoke with homeless veterans, homeless mothers, social workers, police officers, a chaplain, a priest, and many others. In Homeless Hero, I peer into the souls of those I met, going beyond the mere details of their stories, to understand how they viewed society, life, and themselves. This granted me access to the very heart of homelessness, and I was shocked to discover the seed of homelessness within myself.
Homeless Hero attempts to go beyond the limits of simple explanations, beyond the walls we think make a home, in order to reveal the true nature of identity and belonging.
- Grand Prize Winner — 2014 Great Southwest Book Festival
"The book’s courage and humility won the judges over and earned it top honors in the competition."
- Silver Medal — 2014 Global EBook Awards
Awarded for best work of Inspirational/Visionary Non-Fiction.
- Honorable Mention - 2014 Paris Book Festival
- ★★★★ IndieReader Approved
- B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree
- 2015 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner
Awarded in the Non-Fiction - Social Issues category!