"He was one among millions. Easily forgotten and too small to be noticed . . . he was just 5 years old.
He lived his days on the streets of one of the roughest cities in the world. His home was a cardboard box; he walked with no shoes, wore little clothing, and begged for any food he could get.
Every day was the same. He had one purpose—survival. Abandoned by his father and ignored by his mother, he had a slim chance of making it on the streets.
Hundreds of thousands of people passed by him every single day. Maybe they didn’t notice the little boy wearing nothing but dirty underwear as he slept on a public bench. Maybe they didn’t care."
-Awake, Chapter 1
In the opening chapter of Awake you are introduced to a little boy and a little girl. And while their stories are separated by nearly 20 years, the message is the same— if you save one life, you really can change the world.
I wrote Awake because I began to wonder if we are really living our lives fully awake, or are we becoming numb to the needs of the world. Timothy Keller explains it this way:
"Many people who are evidently genuine Christians do not demonstrate much concern for the poor. How do we account for that? I would like to believe that a heart for the poor ‘sleeps’ down in a Christian’s soul until it is awakened . . . I believe; however, when justice for the poor is connected not to guilt but to grace and to the gospel, this ‘pushes the button’ down deep in believers’ souls, and they begin to wake up."
Awake is a story about change—the change that can take place both in your life and the lives of people around the world once we are truly awake. I hope you will find at least part of your story in the lives of the poor and disenfranchised of our world.