Autobiography & Memoir (Adult Nonfiction)
Gripping and gritty, fascinating and funny, mesmerizing, yet motivating. Pat Morgan lures the reader into the trenches of homelessness to get to know the homeless people who stole her heart, broke it, and sent her on her “wildly improbable” journey. That journey would pull her out of the “Street Ministry” in Memphis, and, in a leap of faith, take her back to college, on to the nation’s capital to live out her dreams–and home to find the healing she hadn’t even known she needed.
ForeWord Reviews gives Pat Morgan’s book, FIVE STARS!
The Concrete Killing Fields; One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness
Reviewed by Elizabeth Millard
The blend of memoir and case study balances well and provides a striking portrait of both sides of a homeless shelter.
A blend of memoir, social advocacy, and stories about homeless men in Memphis, Tennessee, The Concrete Killing Fields is at once deeply personal and broadly drawn. By delving into the reasons behind homelessness of the individuals she meets, Pat Morgan presents intriguing conclusions about issues related to mental health, government policy, and our social safety net.
“Pat Morgan and enthusiastic reviews of her new book, The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness, are appearing in articles and on review sites with strong support.”
The Commercial Appeal
Pat Morgan has poured her life into relentless battle against homelessness
By Leanne Kleinmann
Pat Morgan recently published a book about her journey, “The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness.” On a recent day, she arrived at Juvenile Court, where she volunteers with the Foster Care Review Board to help young adults who are “aging out” of the foster care system. “We’re trying to make sure they’re ready and at least have a fighting chance. This is ‘Homelessness 101.’”
Pat Morgan has no intention of giving up her battle against homelessness. Read more …
Homeless and Helpless
Hundreds of thousands of Americans face the holidays without shelter and without hope.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy and the legislation that he championed, commonly called the Community Mental Health Centers Act.
In his remarks to Congress, the president said (and no doubt believed) that “when carried out, reliance on the cold mercy of custodial isolation will be supplanted by the open warmth of community concern and capability.” He must be rolling over in his grave.
On a single night in January 2012, a total of 111,993 men and women with severe mental illness were reported to be homeless in America. Of those, 46,550 were sleeping unsheltered — on the streets, in parks and abandoned buildings, under overpasses and bridges, in tents, sheds, barns, and other places “not meant for human habitation.” … read the rest of the article
Matters of the Mind with Peter Sacco
From My Momma’s Kitchen
The Slasher Pastor (@stevenkopp)
- Review on Pat Morgan’s book: The Concrete Killing Fields
“Morgan’s restless passion for ending the cycle of homelessness is certainly inspiring, and perhaps by simply telling her story she will be able to inspire others to action.”
- Review on Pat Morgan’s book: The Concrete Killing Fields
“This book has many life lessons. It shocked me a little, because some of the misconceptions we as society have about homeless people were just devastating. It was a fascinating read, with interesting people who will make you question your own purpose in life. A great book.”
Great Minds Think Aloud (@GMTAPublishing)
Obsessed with Progress (@obsessedprogres)
- Guest Post on March 14, 2014: Are Your Goals Smart?
This book touched me deeply. Full of tragedy and hope. Pat is such a strong role model. Courageous and determined, she fought for everything she stood for, and didn’t allow anything to hold her back. Even when she hit a few stumbling blocks, or when no one seemed to be listening, she stuck to her guns and went for it.
I work in a large city, and the number of homeless people I encounter on a daily basis is heartbreaking. People tend to judge those who are in need, but I often look at them and try to imagine who they used to be, or how they came to be homeless. Don’t they have family? It really tears at my heart, because I cannot imagine being in their shoes. I think of my family and wonder if they’d ever allow me to get to that point. And then I thank God for all he has ever given me in life, and I try to be a better person. Someone like Pat, who gave of herself without prejudice, reaching out to those lost souls who had no where else to go.
Some of the tales in this story were heartbreaking. When I think back to some of the people Pat met along her journey; people like Arthur who was so close to changing his life, when a cruel twist of fate meant he’d never get the opportunity. Or Alepeachie, a bright man who had so much to offer if only given the chance. Pat didn’t give up, when most would have, and she gained his trust, while he found a place in her heart. This book is filled with so many stories of hope where there should be none, and all due to the people who gave more of themselves to make the world a better place, even if it meant only making a difference in one person’s life. Sometimes, that change comes to one’s own life.
This book has many life lessons. It shocked me a little, because some of the misconceptions we as society have about homeless people were just devastating. It was a fascinating read, with interesting people who will make you question your own purpose in life. A great book.
Roxanne Kade – JKSCommunications Blog Tour
TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog: The Concrete Killing Fields Blog Tour
How did a former real estate broker, banker and recovering political junkie find herself counting homeless people on the streets of Memphis? Just ask Pat Morgan, the author of The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness.
Morgan answered the call from the concrete killing fields of homelessness – and found her calling 30 years ago. Since then, she has worked to help homeless people break the cycle of shelters, streets and, for far too many with mental illness, the eventual outcome that includes a misdirected stay in jails and prisons.
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