As of this morning, “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with the Homeless” is in the display area in the Grundy Library, Bristol, PA in the Bucks County Free Library system.
The Bucks library system lists no publisher for the book, which was written after I hung out with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA for about three years, getting to know them getting to know all about… After I started hanging with the homeless, I got the idea to write a book, but did now know how. Nevertheless, I worked on it off and on for a few years, including in the nursing home where my dear departed Sandi spend her last days before going home to the Lord.
Sandi is a particular in the book for the homeless, just as the Joad family is in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and reflects the realism of Steinbeck. I teamed up with Sandi almost a year after I started associating with the homeless and shortly before I became homeless. We became homeless together.
As I was working on my book, the Lord, in His mysterious ways, put me in touch with author, publisher and speaker Vernita (Neat) Simmons. Neat commented on an article I had written for FaithWriters.com about the homeless. She asked if I was an author. No, I wasn’t then. Neat edited my material, gave me tips and showed me how to do the mechanics of independently publishing a book, including registering it with the Library of Congress.
This is my first book. I have a draft for my next book, which argues that people can conquer their voluntary slavery of addiction by turning to God and working through Biblical counsel. I expect to publish this book sometime in the future. The role of the church with the homeless is explored in the current book.
In my last blog, I listed a few reasons for homelessness. One reason I did not mention is all the costly and time-consuming red tape you have to go through to find a place in areas such as Bucks County. It’s harder to get into an apartment today in Bucks than it was to buy a home in 50s Levittown.
There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with the Homeless is available on Amazon.com: