About five years ago, I started hanging out with the homeless in Bucks County. In November, 2018, I published a book about them. The book illustrates who the homeless really are and explains their challenges. I wanted to, as the 60s expression goes, tell it like it is.
With the help of the librarian at the Levittown branch of the Bucks County Free Library, I made an online request to get my book in circulation in the library system. Recently, I was told that my request was rejected because there were no reviews, no promotion about it or something, etc. My book is registered in the Library of Congress. It is available on Amazon.com and other places. There are no really “official” promotions, just on Facebook and on a not too well-known listing. I got help publishing the book through an independent publisher Vernita (Neat) Simmons. I don’t have the funds to advertise the book through Amazon.com and other “official” sources.
Update: The book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless” is available in the Bucks County Free Library System.
Before I made the online request to have my book in the Bucks collection so the homeless and others with limited resources could read the book (what libraries do), I gave a copy to a librarian at the Bristol branch of the Bucks library system (Grundy). I left my name and number. I checked in a couple times to check on the status of my book put into the library and was told someone would call me. One librarian said something about putting books in archives or something.
I suspect the real reason for my book not being accepted into the Bucks library system is that the Bucks establishment doesn’t want anyone to tell it like it is, but follow the mainstream suburban fantasy mantra.
This is my first book. I’m just a regular guy, who became homeless myself for a season and who has been associating with the local homeless. My goal of the book is not only to show who the homeless really are, but to let people realize they don’t have to be stuck in their situation, that through hard work, perseverance, and God’s intervention, you can be delivered and can contribute to society, no matter where your talents lie.
Who Are The Homeless?
The homeless are a microcosm of society. They are not a homogeneous group. People in the same circumstances deal with being homeless differently, with some being successful, finding their way out of homelessness. The book is replete with examples.
There are different paradigms with organizations and individuals who help the homeless. There is a silent war between institutions that use secular psychology to help the homeless and churches and individual Christians. The book shows the value of the shared meals churches offer the homeless and those in need. There are more than meals.
By spring, 2015, I became homeless with a homeless woman who soon was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. We teamed up; she joined me on my journey. She is a particular in the story of the homeless in Bucks county.
Before I became homeless, I partnered with a friend in a quest to create a non-profit organization to find shelter for the homeless. The initiative floundered. Realizing the main problem with creating shelter for the homeless is prejudice against them, my partner set me up on a WordPress site to write blogs about the homeless. The idea occurred early on to write a book about the homeless, but I needed someone to help me with the mechanics of publishing. Sometime later, a publishing consultant commented on my article on Faithwriters.com on the homeless. She asked me if I was an author. I replied I was not but wanted to publish a book on homelessness. The rest is history.
There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless is available on Amazon.com.