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The Emptiness of Our Hands: 47 Days on the Streets

By Phyllis Cole-Dai and James Murray

Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Bell Sounds Books (March 6, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Condition: Like new

Price: $15.99


In 1999, Phyllis Cole-Dai and James Murray lived by choice on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, the fifteenth-largest city in the United States. They went to the streets with a single intention: to be as present as possible to everyone they met, offering them sustained and nonjudgmental attention. Such attention is the heart of compassion.

This book chronicles their streets experiences. It will thrust you out the door of your comfortable life, straight into the unknown. It will force you to confront what might happen to you, and who you might become, if suddenly you had no home. The meditative narrative is accompanied by pinhole photographs shot by James using cameras he constructed from trash.