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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Chad Matthews; 1st edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578086522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578086521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,898,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chad Matthews spends his mornings writing and his afternoons wandering the streets, serving and loving his homeless neighbors. Since 2008, Matthews has traveled all across the country working with men and women in need, spending time on the streets of over 60 cities across 35 states.

You can follow Chad at
www.thechadmatthews.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Minton on July 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
In January of 2008, Chad Matthews quit his job, broke the lease on his apartment, and informed his wife that they were going to travel the country for a year to spend time with what amounted to every homeless man, woman, and child they could find.

The book is a journal of sorts, starting the day Matthews and his family moved out of their apartment, going all the way through the year until his last day on the streets a year later. What I loved about the book is that Matthews isn't the same person when the book ends. As the book progresses, and he spends more time with people on the street, things that were once blurry to him become clear. In the beginning he's timid and fearful of encountering men and women on the street, and in the end he's approaching every homeless man and woman he can find, regardless of where they are or what condition they are in.

Matthews has no problem writing about his shortcomings, as he tells countless stories of how he screwed up--judged when he should have loved, kept quiet instead of speaking his mind, and many, many other stories. I never got the feeling that Matthews felt he was better than anyone else.

Ultimately, the book is about what love can do in seemingly hopeless situations. Great book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure why there is no product description for this book. Here's a little overview of the book-

In April of 2005, Chad Matthews meets a homeless woman named Evelyn that changes his perception of homelessness. Before Evelyn, Chad was weary of the homeless, thinking that most were probably self-desctructive addicts who were too lazy to make a better life for themselves. After meeting Evelyn, Chad's world is turned upside down as he realizes the enormity of homelessness in America, and how apathetic most people are towards homelessness.

In February 0f 2008, Chad quits his job, breaks the lease on his apartment, and spends a year with his wife living out of his car, traveling the country hanging out with homeless men and women. He listens to their stories, provides for their needs, and, in his words, tries to "love and serve them into the presence of the Lord."

The book starts the day he moves out of his apartment and ends a year later after he's traveled over 25,000 miles, spending time in something like 50 or 60 cities.

It's honest. Sometimes it's brutal and messy.

It's a pretty neat look at how God can use small encounters to do big things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Rainer on July 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of honest and transparent journal entries written by Chad as he travels around the country showing love and genuine affection to the broken, hungry, homeless and often ignored or avoided people who live in the most unfortunate conditions on the streets. Dear Evelyn shows the journey of one man who loves, and the spiritual, emotional and secular battles he faces along the way.

Love is the central focus around what Chad does. There's not much theology involved--it's just simple Bible basics: Love your neighbor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on July 2, 2012
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Dear Evelyn is an amazing journey, with two rather ordinary people discovering the harsh reality of homelessness on the very steps of our churches, business and storefronts. They travel down a dark road of denial and shortsightedness. A place where so called normal people don't like to walk, in fact purposely avoid. The two seek out the disadvantaged and downtrodden, with only one goal in their hearts and minds, to share human kindness and love as it was purely intended. As I read the story I felt closer to them both, feeling the heartache and joys they felt as they uncovered the ugly truths about out society as a whole and the failures of our spiritual leaders and establishments. A raw look into the injustice in it all and in fact an awakening with myself as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JR on January 22, 2014
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You need tissues while you read this book. You will laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Such a beautiful book that will change you. Weeks later after finishing this book, I still think about the people he wrote about and wonder where they are now.
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