Children of Eve : The Shocking Story of America’s Homeless Kids, by Kevin Casey

Children of Eve (Covenant House program of public awareness)Finished 7-5-09, rating 4/5, nonfiction, published 1991

This book charts the fallout from our shifting culture as seen throught the eyes of our counselors on the front lines of this struggle.  These are caring adults who try day and night to reach these kids, to re-connect them to society, to healthy lives, to the love of God.

The founder of my religious order, St. Vincent de Paul, taught us that before we can teach the poor about God we must first take care of their bodily needs.  At Covenant House, we can’t tell a kid God loves her if she’s dirty, cold, hungry, and sick.

Words like love don’t work on our kids.  We are challenged as Christians to show our kids we love them, not tell them.

from the introduction written by Sister Mary Rose McGeady

I do not know I came to have this book.  It is Book 2 in the Covenant House Program of PublicAwareness, which I am in no way familiar with.  But somewhere over the years this slight book (only 116 pages) made its way into my house.  I don’t think it’s easily acquired, so after reading my review if you would like me to send it to you free of charge, leave a comment telling me you’d like to read it.  If there is more than one person interested, I will draw a name on Friday, July 10th.

Instead of telling you about Covenant House I encourage you to visit the website

The book is written by a man who drives the van around all night long to feed, talk, listen to the homeless kids that are on our streets.  He is there to offer them a way out, but most accept the food and friendship, but reject the help.  The book contains short stories of how the kids arrived on the streets of LA (although Covenant House is in many other cities) and they are often shocking and always heartbreaking.  Casey has the greatest respect for these kids and you will gain the greatest respect for Casey and the others that do the hard work at Covenant House.

The last chapter is written by a worker in the New York Covenant House and what a life altering decision it is.  They agree to live on the premises and pray 3 hours a day for 13 months.  Talk about a commitment!

Although this book is 18 years old, Covenant House is still going strong and there are still kids on our streets, stuck with no easy way out.  This book was eye-opening and it introduced me to Covenant House and I am so glad that it snuck its way into my TBR pile!  Let me know if you’d like my copy.

10 thoughts on “Children of Eve : The Shocking Story of America’s Homeless Kids, by Kevin Casey

  1. bermudaonion says:

    Stacy, I think this book sounds interesting and important and I would love to read it. It would take me a long time to get to it, so please send it to someone who can get to it quicker, since it sounds like it has an important message that needs to be told.

    I just hope a few readers will check out Covenant House.

  2. Angie says:

    Isn’t it strange when you run across a book that you don’t even remember acquiring. I do that all the time – sometimes I feel as if I must shop in my sleep.

    At least they are happy dreams, right?

  3. Staci says:

    Sounds like an important book on a topic that will always be alive here in America and in other countries!!

    For me it was a reminder. The book probably isn’t going to change your life, but it may encourage people to do something.

  4. Literary Feline says:

    This definitely sounds like a worthwhile book to read. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, Stacy! I’ve come across books on my shelf that way too–and wondered where in the world they came from. It’s always good when they turn out to be gems.

    It’s nice to hear from a few of you that you have mystery books on your shelves too!

  5. Violet says:

    This book sounds really good and difficult to read. There is something really sad in the photo of the girl on the cover.

    Because the chapters about each kid were very short, it was not that difficult to read. It was definitely eye-opening though.

  6. Joan says:

    Stacy – on behalf of our kids here at Covenant House, thank you for mentioning Children of Eve in your blog. Their stories are amazing and the only way we can help these kids is with lots of partners. So thanks for helping us raise awareness.
    Joan Smyth,Covenant House

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