Real Austin: The Homeless and the Image of God

Real Austin: The Homeless and the Image of God

by Annie Vocature Bullock

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Overview

Christianity is simple. Love God. Love your neighbor. The rest is commentary. Simple in theory becomes much more difficult when your neighbor is a man in a dress who stinks like urine and a decaying, unwashed body. And yet, that's exactly who you find on a downtown bus: the homeless, the unsavory, the just plain weird. Drawing on the wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, this book explores one woman's complex and ambivalent interactions with the homeless. Stories about a persistent failure to acknowledge and honor the humanity of the homeless are evidence of the pervasive reality of human sin. But at the same time, there are moments of genuine kindness and humanity that stand as reminders that God brings new life from the brokenness of sin. These stories of days spent on a downtown bus move from unflinching self-reflection to a new awareness of God's presence. This is where the abstract becomes local, and where theology finally gets real.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610970976
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2012
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Annie Vocature Bullock is an adjunct faculty member at St. Edward's University and teaches at Regents School of Austin, a Classical Christian high school in Austin, Texas.

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"Annie Vocature Bullock's honest, gritty storytelling is a gift to be savored! In this beautiful tapestry of narrative, theology and culture, Bullock's insights are woven into a volume that inspires, challenges and transforms."

—Margot Starbuck, www.MargotStarbuck.com

Author of Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor (2011)



"Through her engaging style and vivid stories of the homeless men and women encountered on the city bus, Annie Bullock invites the reader into a deeper understanding of sin—not the sin of the homeless, not the sin of the system, but her own sin. With tremendous candor and humility, Annie names her sin and our sin—the sin of not seeing the divine or even seeing the human in another person."

—Wendy McCaig, founder and executive director of Embrace Richmond

Author of From the Sanctuary to the Streets: How the Dreams of One City's Homeless Sparked a Faith Revolution that Transformed a Community (2010)

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