The inspirational true story of a country preacher and his mission to the streets of New York City.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I found this book on the Washington Monument (Mall) grounds July 4th in the very late 60's or very early 70's (I can't remember exactly) after the police broke up a very large demonstration against the war in Viet Nam. The place was littered with many items left after a "hippy vs police" riot broke out, and as the police deployed tear gas and battled the demonstrators up Pennsylvania Avenue. It was an exciting day, but it also proved to be a day which my eyes were truly opened to the power of Lord... after I started to read the worn copy I had found in the mud. I couldn't put it down. This book opened the eyes of my understanding in so many ways, and started my path towards the recovery from the battlefields of southeast asia, from the struggle to survive in the brutal climate of war. From the conflicts of doing my job as a warrior, and seeing the death and destruction of lives all around me, knowing that the bullets and bombs were not enough. I was a shell of what I should have been at 25, a survivor a fighter, enduring the ravages of the human race and coming out physically capable but mentally tormented. This book started my comeback, my recovery, my search, my seeking and showed me an open door which, once I entered in, I was given my life back. I can never forget that, I can only praise God for the revelation.
This is a simple true story of a country preacher who obeyed God and went way outside his comfort zone to rescue drug addicts and gang members in the streets of New York.
He dared to believe that the same power that launched the early Christian church could penetrate the shells of hardened substance abusers. As the story chronicles, God still is in the business of rescuing the flotsam and jetsam of modern society.
His faith in stepping out launched a movement that is still with us today, Teen Challenge. This movement has seen an unparalled recovery rate amongst addicts. It is still based on the premise that faith in a living God can transform anyone's life.
Relatively recently I spoke with a friend of mine from 1974 who was a male prostitute junkie and a mess when I first met him at Teen Challenge. He is still clean. Another friend from the same era who was an acid head (abuser of LSD) today pastors a church.