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Derek Snook, self-described son of a Baptist minister and entrepeneur joins me to discuss his recent book, The Definition of Success: What Living Homeless Can Teach You. He tells me what was intended as a one-night experiment lasted a year, and years later he has decided to publish a book about how this experience had an impact on him and what he learned from it, including a well-paying temp agency he started and recently sold.

Definitely a different take on "loving your neighbor as yourself" if I ever heard one!

A few interesting points that came up in our discussion: 

  • While Derek could have quit this experiment at any given momenty and gone back home, most homeless and less fortunate don't have that option 
  • How living in bubbles in our culture is destructive to indviduals and groups, including the toll isolation is taking on mental health in general
  • The intriguing way a city's layout is actually important to society
  • What can we do to erase the barrier between wealthy and poor churches, as well as the racial divide, even in the church, between black and white congregations

Relevant Links:

Derek's website at dereksnook.net

Follow Derek on Instagram

Get a copy of his book from Amazon

Check out Derek's 2015 TedX talk at this link: https://youtu.be/haoTlVcg0PE 

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