Wisdom from the Homeless:
Lessons Learned at a Homeless Shelter
Sometimes the world seems like a very dark place.
In this angry world, I have seen a glimpse of light. I have seen kindness, love and hope at a homeless shelter. Siloam Mission is named after a pool where, in Biblical times, Jesus healed a blind man. In this tradition, the Mission has a medical clinic, and I have had the privilege of working there.
The homeless men and women I have met at Siloam have taught me profound lessons about perseverance through suffering, expressing joy in dire circumstances, and the rewards of service to those in need I want to share those lessons with you. -- from the Introduction
“Wisdom From the Homeless is a powerful book. In one chapter, the author recounts the tale of a patient who could not speak and tells us, “I can still hear him.” Long after first reading this book, I too can still hear the stories told and the lessons learned since they are, as the title suggests, fundamentally about wisdom. Acquiring wisdom involves the challenge of integrating knowledge, experience and deep understanding. Serving as a conduit for the patrons’ wisdom, Dr. Craton shares the stories of his patients at a homeless mission. While the patrons of the clinic first present as tragic and hopeless, Dr. Craton relates their stories as lessons of resilience, strength, courage, and even joy. Through the author’s determined self-reflection, we receive lessons of kindness, tolerance, acceptance and empathy. This universally-accessible book is highly recommended for a broad range of readers – new doctors in training, individuals examining their faith or those who may simply benefit from being reminded of the strength of the human spirit, the importance of treating every person we encounter with compassion and respect, and the sanctity and value of all lives.” —Jane Lothian, Instructor, University of Winnipeg
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