New Amazon Review

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching,Heartwarming,Insightful, September 2, 2014
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This review is from: Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People (Kindle Edition)
Gotta Find a Home: Conversations With Street People is a title by Canadian author Dennis Cardiff. The title alone was enough to draw me in and I was not disappointed. This is not an easy read because the subject matter is brutally honest and there has been no attempt by the author to water it down or make it easier for the reader to handle. I appreciate this tremendously. Just because something makes you uncomfortable doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be looked at and taken seriously.
This work deals with the homeless and panhandlers that the author came in contact with en route to his various work engagements. They were a fixture in his life and their different personalities and stories fascinated him. Cardiff decided to write these encounters and experiences down and give those of us may have been a little too quick to judge, a glimpse inside the everyday lives of these people. Some of them have families, some even have jobs. The “why are they on the street?” angle is explored but not so much as just letting the reader peek behind the veil. You may, after reading this book, find yourself feeling a bit more compassion towards people you pass on the street. I feel that this may have been the author’s purpose in putting this book together.
Cardiff also does a wonderful job of showcasing the sense of community between the characters in this book. The book is based on actual people and actual situations, but you get such a good look at the sense of community that is shared between people. People with literally nothing, step up to help out. It’s quite remarkable.
Gotta Find a Home takes a gritty, unfiltered look at homelessness and while it is not always pretty, it is most definable eye-opening and real. A great read and I would highly recommend it.
  1. Shery Alexander Heinis says:

    Wow! Just finding out you have a book out there chronicling these stories. Congratulations! I hope to read it.


  2. Ethel Lewis says:

    Currently reading. So interesting learning about the plight of these unfortunate people. As the author said, “There but by the grace of God go I”.


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