What an interesting and eye opening book. Middle class wife, mother, church member, and accountant from Texas corresponds with a homeless dumpster diving man in Georgia. It started with her purse being stolen and him finding her wallet, returning it to her with a note. An unlikely connection developed over the years.
There are many lessons within the letters from Butch that Holmes documents. Each and every one of the homeless we see and pass by is a human loved by God with a story, for example. They experience the best and worst from others. They have relationships but rarely of long term. They find happiness and joy in such small things.
Butch wrote, “I hope I'm a somebody someday.” (45) What's a somebody? Holmes asks. In the most simple terms, it means we are important to at least one other person. (47) Reading this book will encourage you to see others as somebodies, people who need care and love from you and me. I recommend it.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Joye Holmes grew up one of seven children in an Oklahoma farming community. After serving as a missionary in Brazil, she enjoyed a long career as an accountant. Her debut book Somebody Someday: A Journey of Homelessness, Faith & Friendship is a true story that grew out of a twenty-five year correspondence. Joye lives in Mansfield, Texas with her husband, Gary, where she spends time enjoying five grandsons, her time at church, needlework, and the Texas Rangers.
Fire Mountain Publishing, 147 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)