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Ya Know What I'm Say'n: Hearing the Voice of the Homeless by Kris Bridgman and Keith Bridgman (Feb 15, 2014)


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Publishing House (February 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615944779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615944777
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Come journey with me into the world of the homeless. It began with blankets that led me to a park bench and an incredible man who stole my heart. Sit with me as I visit with a registered sex offender who became changed by grace. Listen as I visit with a man who took a blade to his body, and to a young man who used tattoos to hide his pain. Meet the lady whose abusive father broke all of her fingers, and a young lady whose father beat her with a two-by-four. Meet these and others, and discover the sweet souls buried beneath their outer self. God provided me a glimpse of what He sees. At times, it was overwhelming, and at times inspirational. Whether from under the bridge or the downtown park, so many forgotten people shared their lives with me. From those others have shunned, I experienced love. In places I could not have imagined, I witnessed beauty , grace, and strength. Join me as I introduce you to my homeless friends and stand ready for your heart to change when you see them through the eyes of Jesus.

About the Author

Keith and Kris are both Oklahoma natives who have been married since 1981 and currently live in Alvaton, Kentucky. They have two grown sons. Kris homeschooled their sons for fourteen years. Since that time, she began writing her thoughts at a nearby pond and thus began her widely read blog Ponderings. Her devotions have been published in Our Daily Journey (a devotional site of RBC Ministries), PCCWeb Daily Devotional, Ruby for Women Ezine Magazine, and she is a contributor in the book Alabaster Jars, Life in Abundance Collection 2. She began a Blanket Ministry for the homeless in 2009 and is currently involved in a Homeless Outreach Bridge Ministry. She also discovered a love for photography. You can find her at Keith has been a mainframe computer programmer since 1987, and has worked for a number of major corporations. He enjoys writing and outdoor activities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking and incorporates nature photography into those activities. Many of his photographs and outdoor/photography articles have been published in various major magazines including Outdoor Oklahoma, Oklahoma Today, Kentucky Living, Country Magazine, and Back Home Magazine. His photography and outdoor stories can be discovered at his blog site

Customer Reviews

(5.0 out of 5 stars) Out of our comfort zone, February 23, 2014

By Kim Bartlett

Kris sets aside not her Christian convictions but what is too often Christian prejudice as she sets out to understand the plight of the homeless in her community. The compassion with which she conducts these interviews is evident in the stories that she is able to draw out of these hurting people, and the commitment of Kris and her husband to walk alongside one man in particular as he seeks to put behind destructive habits and thought patterns challenges me to ask if I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and affect the life of someone different from myself. This book is about the homeless, but I am most taken by the heart of the author as she lives out her faith and makes a difference in her world.


(5.0 out of 5 stars) great read! So moving!, February 21, 2014

By Ann Marrero

My attention and heart were captured from the first page. This is a very personal interactive account of the struggles and triumphs of some of God's precious children. I feel that every person should read this account of a very hidden part of our world. Things are not always what they appear. As the mother of five precious human beings, each with their own struggles, I greatly appreciate the compassion and understanding evident in this writing. I will miss these conversations


(5.0 out of 5 stars) Voice Of the Homeless Heard Loud and Clear, July 6, 2014

By Kandy Timbie  

Kris has poured her heart and soul into this book as one can tell from her passion for the homeless. The stories of the men and women are gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, redemptive ones to read. One can truly hear the voice of the homeless. My prayer is for every person who reads these stories to go out and make a difference in a homeless person's life one hug at a time!

(5.0 out of 5 stars) An easy and captivating read. I didn't want it to end., May 15, 2014

By Lori M Dupes

Reading the words of Kris and Keith Bridgman is like taking a walk down a winding road which you've past by many times (but never dared to travel.) Each chapter captivates and open the eyes, and if they dare, the heart of the reader. As the author introduces you to the world of those who are quickly forgotten, you will begin to see them in a whole new light. Her story of courage, faith and grace will encourage and challenge each one privileged enough to read this book. You will not walk away unmoved!

Kris writes in such a way that she drew me into the story and savored every morsel. By the end I felt as if I personally knew the main character and I was routing for him through each word. You will want to share this with your small group or church leaders. Keith and Kris are a wonderful example of Christ's hands and feet, displaying love and respect with everyone they meet.


(5.0 out of 5 stars) Hope for the Homeless, April 26, 2014

By Addie

Reading about the homeless in my home town was an eye opener for me. I had no idea that we had so many living under the bridge and that people would be willing to find them in a dangerous area like that. It also made me proud that we have those who are willing to deal with this problem and it gave me a different perspective on them as "real" humans in need of love and attention.


(5.0 out of 5 stars) An awesome book, April 16, 2014

By Tracie

This review is from: Ya Know What I'm Say'n: Hearing the Voice of the Homeless (Paperback)

I love this book. Reading it makes you see not all homeless want to be that way. You see them as human. I recommend this for everyone then go out and help your fellow man.

(5.0 out of 5) stars What an eye opener! , April 16, 2014

By HOPE50 "SMS" (CRESTON, NC United States)

You will never look upon a homeless person the same after reading this book. The heartbreaking stories. The faces of real people. Folks just like you and me who fell on hard times and ended up homeless. Kris & Keith, first-hand, tell the stories of the homeless in Bowling Green KY. I'm reading it slowly to let it all wallow around in my heart real good!


(5.0 out of 5 stars) Captivating and heart will never be the open to hear , March 31, 2014

By Maryellen Self

This review is from: Ya Know What I'm Say'n: Hearing the Voice of the Homeless (Paperback)

Haven't finished reading it yet but am completely mesmerized by the way this shy, timid woman chose to follow God's calling in her life. Way out of her comfort zone (and for most people), she said YES to God and began the blanket ministry, not knowing where it and God would lead her. And what a true blessing she has been to so many...those receiving and those giving. Appreciate so much that she wanted to share her journey and give a voice to the homeless. Seeing the homeless now through the eyes of Jesus and through the words Kris has written about them has impacted my heart in such a way as I hope never to be the same...complacent and unaware of their stories, their lives, and more importantly, their souls!


(5.0 out of 5 stars) Opened my eyes and heart!, March 20, 2014

By Wendy Preston

I personally know Keith ( I work with him) and now that I have read this book, I feel like I personally know Kris. They have opened their hearts, minds, and souls to the homeless in Bowling Green, KY. I am inspired by all of the selfless hours they have given to the the broken hearted souls by the "bridge". I will never pass judgement again. Now I know when I see a homeless person on the side of the road I will tell myself .... "there's a story there"! This book makes me realize that being "homeless" could happen to ANYONE at ANYTIME, no matter WHAT! So be careful not to judge them because it could be YOU! I am looking forward to hearing the next set of stories when the 2nd book comes along. I believe Kris and Keith are angels sent from heaven taking care of those less fortunate in my hometown! I pray that Greg is happy and at peace now that he is in HEAVEN!


(5.0 out of 5 stars) Transforming, March 18, 2014

By Jennie Morgan (Edmond, OK, US) 

This review is from: Ya Know What I'm Say'n: Hearing the Voice of the Homeless (Paperback)

Transforming. That's the word I would use to sum up this book. Seeing the homeless through the eyes and heart of Kris Bridgman and through the lens of her husband's camera, can't help but transform your ideas and attitudes toward the homeless in our society. I loved the way Kris was able to sit and talk with these dear people without casting judgment and was then able to share their innermost thoughts, heartaches, fears, and even their hopes and dreams on the pages of this book. I know I will never look at a homeless or less advantaged person the same again. In fact, my heart has been changed so dramatically through her ministry to the homeless that I hope to be able to be a blessing to those in my area. And I pray that this book will transform the heart of every reader and thereby we may see many more people reaching out to touch the lives of the homeless in our own hometowns.


(5.0 out of 5 stars) Christ is Glorified in This Book, March 9, 2014

By Rachelle L. Brister (Lake Charles, USA)

I truly loved this book. I read it one day, despite the fact that it is a large book. So often, the world judges those who are homeless. They are mocked and criticized by many people in society. Kristen's book offers their stories..stories which are often marked by abuse, heartbreak, and devastation. I have always had a heart for the homeless, and I know that whoever reads this will see them through God's eyes. The Bible says that "if we see a brother in need, and do not help him, then how can the love of God be in us?

(5.0 out of 5 stars) Excellent book a must read!, March 4, 2014

By Michael Mc

As one that has opportunities to feed homless people once a week, I usually don't have much time to engage in depth conversations with those we feed. I am thankful for a book that goes beyond the surface. Each chapter brings alive the background of lives of those whose decisions brought them to a point of homelessness and even despair. This book does a great job of challenging us to go beyond our comfort zone and engage in lives that hunger for help. I highly recommend this book!


(5.0 out of 5) stars Amazing Grace!, February 26, 2014

By Peggy Parrott

This review is from: Ya Know What I'm Say'n: Hearing the Voice of the Homeless (Paperback)

I read this book because I go to church with Kris. I immediately was drawn in by the real, heart wrenching stories of these people who need to be understood and loved. I cried from the first page to the last. My heart cried for Greg and all the others who are misunderstood and their illness has so devastated their lives. There but by the grace of Almighty God, could I have gone! Thank you Kris for sharing and caring enough to get involved and not walk away. It is a must read!

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