Books about homelessness available from Trinity Theological Library
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Stories from the Street: A Theology of Homelessness by David Nixon (2013)
From the Publisher: “Stories from the Street” is a theological exploration of interviews with men and women who had experienced homelessness at some stage in their lives. Framed within a theology of story and a theology of liberation, Nixon suggests that story is not only a vehicle for creating human transformation but it is one of God’s chosen means of effecting change. Short biographies of twelve characters are examined under themes including: crises in health and relationships, self-harm and suicide, anger and pain, God and the Bible.
Expanding the existing literature of contextual theology, this book provides an alternative focus to a church-shaped mission by advocating with, and for, a very marginal group; suggesting that their experiences have much to teach the church. Churches are perceived as being active in terms of pastoral work, but reluctant to ask more profound questions about why homelessness exists at all. A theology of homelessness suggests not just a God of the homeless, but a homeless God, who shares stories and provides hope. Engaging with contemporary political and cultural debates about poverty, housing and public spending, Nixon presents a unique theological exploration of homeless people, suffering, hope and the human condition”.
Where there’s hope there’s life: Women’s Stories of Homelessness and Survival by Anthony Gittins (2006)
This book introduces readers to twelve homeless women in a way that will change our perception of the poor on our streets. Here, we encounter them in their own voices. We discover their pain while we realize their beauty and strength. Their stories are not intended to elicit guilt or pity, but to evoke compassionate understanding and a concrete response. These stories help us to identify more closely with the homeless and forgotten people who are not far from any of us. As we fall in love with them (and one another) we realize that, above all, where there’s hope, there’s life.
Goodwill alone is never quite enough. Thus in the second part of the book, the author provides us with a theological framework that will free us from our fear and prejudice and allow us to share more fully in the hope which is offered to all people.
More than just a roof: a study of family homelessness in Queensland by Peter Walsh, Lara Cain and Catherine Milford (2003)
This report shows that thousands of Queensland families experience the reality of not having a roof over their heads. It requires more than affordable housing and providers must be able to address the complexity of family homelessness. In addition to housing and housing assistance there needs to be policies and practices which identify the at risk ; improved and integrated responses ; better access to complaint services ; and enhanced use of domestic violence protection orders.
A Home for the Homeless: A social-scientifc criticsm of 1 Peter, It’s Situation and Strategy by John H. Elliott (1981)
From the publisher’s website A Home for the Homeless – “Already an acknowledged expert on 1 Peter, John Elliott here combines New Testament exegesis and a keen knowledge of the Hellenic world with the emergent sociological analysis of the New Testament. Elliott has produced a fascinating statement of the broad social setting and religious meaning of an important but often overlooked piece of early Christian literature. It is clearly a significant methodological statement which has ramifications beyond a study of 1 Peter.” (John R. Donahue, SJ author of The Gospel in Parable)