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Roman Barnes lives among the homeless and next to the fortunate, at the edge of hope. Among Pigeons is his journey from rags to revelation. His story exposes dueling societies that share more than they are willing to admit. In a weak economy many people are struggling to remain afloat, just as Roman, and many are one decision from living among pigeons.
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Apr 15, 2015This book was difficult to put down! On one hand an inspiring story of one man's struggle for survival in an urban jungle, on the other, a thrilling detective adventure! This is a very emotional read that will keep you up late reading just to make sure your friend Roman will be okay by the next chapter! It is very grounding to realize how easily any of us can become one of the thousands of homeless we ignore on the street, making the characters so easy to relate to. Read. This. Book.
Mar 11, 2015Lawrence Woods story was heartfelt and genuine.Bringing to life the bittersweet realities of society and how the less fortunate are treated. In the end His characters strength and commitment shows how hard work and devotion can conquer all. To witness how one man can grow and succeed is amazing. A breath of fresh air to anybody who just wants to give up. Keep your head up and drive on. If Roman Barnes can do it so can You. Best book ever. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next one. Thank You Woo for being such an amazing person and sharing with the world. GOD Bless You!
Jan 7, 2015Among Pigeons is an awesome book that is enlightening and inspiring. I highly recommend this book; it really communicates the basics of humanity in regards to our vital need for relationship with one another. It also highlights how we often starve ourselves and others of potentially benefiting relationship experiences due to perspectives of economics/class, ethnicity, race, education, etc. This book achieves all the basic desires and expectations one might have reading such a piece; adventure, mystery, suspense, laughter, heroism, and love. I would summarize it's most powerful point referencing a bible verse, "Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it." (Heb 13:2 NLT) If you have any reading in you, check this one out!
Jul 23, 2013Among Pigeons is a book I highly recommend everyone reads, it is a wonderful healing book. It a story about a homeless veteran and what he goes through being homeless, it is also a story about what the community go through regarding the homeless. This book is insightful and eye opening. It is a MUST read. Please pick up a copy and check it out. www.amongpigeons.com Among Pigeons is an extraordinary book about a homeless man and his life. The book opens your eyes to actually see the human being not a drunken vagrant on the street. It gives you compassion for the homeless which is truly needed in our world. An amazing story with adventure, mystery, suspense. laughter, heroism, and love. A MUST READ. Pick up your copy at www.amongpigeons.com A book you don't want to put down and want to read over and over again. It gives you that feel good feeling.
May 7, 2012I enjoyed the Among Pigeons it is a wonderful read and as soon as I started to read it I couldn't put it down. Dr. Lawerence Wood the author tells the story just as it is today. It has opened my eyes to the homelessness more than I have have expected. It makes me want to do more in my community as I see more and more unfortunate individuals who are struggling to stay alive. I look forward to the book number two, well done Dr. Wood.
Aug 4, 2011I enjoyed Among pigeons. I love "who dunnits" and this does not disappoint. The author weaves the characters into the story with ease as if you are really there. The story itself took me to an unexpected, but exciting journey. I liked it very much, and look forward to more from Lawrence Wood. Bravo! Bravo!
May 25, 2011Such an AMAZING book. Being in Law Enforcement, I could relate to the solving of a crime with all the pieces coming together, also dealing with homelessness in my community. It made me realize also that homelessness can happen to anyone depending on their circumstances. One never knows what happened to make someone homeless. They are all humans and are doing their best with the resources they have. We need to slow down and really evaluate our own lives. It made me stop and think, if I was in that position, would I want someone to acknowledge me or offer me a cup of coffee. Most definitely I would. Thank you so much for opening my awareness of others who are less fortunate, either by homelessness, mental health or some other unforeseen reason. Job well done, Mr. Woods. Can't wait for the sequel.
Nov 17, 2010Dr. Wood’s narrative work in Among Pigeons is a masterpiece story of a homeless man. The novel was able to convey the thoughts and struggles that a homeless man faces on a daily basis. Among Pigeons is truly an amazing story that not only is a heartfelt story about “John the Bum,” but also an insightful reality of the challenges that the homeless face in America today. I hope that this novel will change the attitude and perception of the homeless and that lives will be changed because of reading this book. The writing is very engaging and easy to read. It is a must-read for those looking for a good story!
Oct 8, 2010My Brother, Homeboy, My friend, May God continue to bless you and family. Ok the reason why it has taken me so long to write a review is because I was comfortable in my box. Now for you my brother I am steepping out of my comfort zone. I read your book and found it very interesting and hurting. Lets get to the interesting part first. You've written this book as though you have really lived that life and as I read it I saw all you discussed and showed in the minds eye. It is a fact about alot of what you wrote and whom ever gave you the informatioon was a very beautiful person though to look at them many would not have thought so. Thank you from us for telling the story for others to hear and realize there more to a homeless person than just the smell of their clothes. Now the hurting part. As I sit here at 3:42 am I write this with tears in my eyes because I was one of those homeless people. When the police shooting range was where the 76 highway now is and behind the drive in movie... More > theater that used to show movies where the new homes are now. Once there were over 200 hundred people living there who did all kids of thingsd before becoming homeless. I was one of the 200! Lost my job my home and mt car. Though I never smelled and always dressed nice I was still homeless. Used to go to KFC on Canyon and get the leftover chicken before they threw it away. They used to just give it to the homeless until someone decided they wanted to sue to get money now no gives away anything. A city where people step over the refuse , that's what we were called. No church except Brother Benos had the guts to help the homeless. Brother Beno provided showers, beds, food for those that were in need. Yes my brother what you see today wasn't always this. Your book brought tears to my eyes because as I read I remembered those that didn't make it or couldn't make it because they died of being sick or simply from a broken heart. There was a guy named Willie who used to walk up n down Hill Street Coast Highway for you new folks. He was homeless and wore pants so greasy the looked like leather. Willie was a war vet, purple heart holder and people would try to do crazy stuff to him until they found out that Willie could fight. He was respected by all those that knew him. Store owners and cops, the mayor and many others yet no one offered to help him. Willie always had money and could afford to get a room if he wanted yet he chose to stay outside in the rain and the cold. He told me once he felt as though he was still in Nam. Wow brother you brought bac memories I thought were long since gone. But I want to say this as my eyes fill with tears remembering those days I am grateful for where I am now. I've been to prison twice and sold drugs did drugs and now I serve the Lord with my all. I am here because God sent someone to help me up. That man was a man named Cornelius Hulst. I called him Bud. A man who took a chance on me and even when I fell he was always there to help me up as was a friend called Lyle Jorgensen. Those two guys taught me how to survive and keep going when all seemed lost. Lyle was a POW who lived in a Bamboo cage for two years with the enemy and he taught me how to stand up. Now as I said earlier no one ever knew I was homeless except those two. But my mind went through so much oh and Willie knew. Thank you for seeing those that are in need and taking the time to show the world that they are people too. May God continue to bless you. Now I'M a preacher and St John Misisionary Baptist Church and nothing will stop me from extending my hand to those who need help. Our biggest prpoblem is that we forget where we come from. Our lives weren't always peaches and cream and if we're not careful, many will end up that way. Many already have because they've lost their jobs and their homes. Thank you for allowing me to remember what God truly has done for me. God bless you and family. Sincerely Rev Ronald Covington< Less
Aug 22, 2010It’s rare to read a book that has the power to change the way you look at, of all things, a pigeon. I’ve seen them before. I’ve shooed them out of my path with disgust, but never really paid the blight of the sky any mind. As I turned the pages to Among Pigeons, I had to stop and ask God, am I guilty for seeing the less fortunate in the same manner? Yes, I was convicted. Thank you Dr. Lawrence for telling the story of Roman Barnes. The homeless have a name. And I have a voice. –Nakia R. Laushaul, author of The Truth As I See It: In Poetry & Prose
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- Lawrence A. Wood, MD (Standard Copyright License)
- Lawrence A. Wood, MD
- July 15, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.88 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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