I just finished reading the book Wisdom Under The Bridge: The Prophets From Skid Row by Linda Ross Swanson. I really enjoyed hearing the wisdom from people who have struggled with homelessness and the many people who have teamed up with them. Linda does a great job of sharing the wisdom of everyone’s story and allowing us to learn from their experiences. As a reader I found value in recognizing our common struggles as well as our common hope. It is a book that many could benefit from, both in learning more about ourselves and in helping others in their challenges. Being an Oregonian, I found it really interesting to learn more about our city and the resources we provide (or don’t provide) to help those who are living on the streets. Sometimes what we believe is a solution to a problem, isn’t always the right chapter to healing. Our best practices must always include a degree of understanding, compassion and respect for the people we want to partner with.
Wisdom Under the Bridge book recommendation