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  • Russell Banks: Rule of the Bone

    (HarperPerennial 1996 edition)
    Chappie (‘Bone’) is 14 and a drug dealer. Fed up with living with his mother and abusive stepfather in a trailer he runs away from home. He lives instead in the crazy world of his best friend and an unpredictable biker gang. He befriends an abused girl called Froggy and tries to free her, as well as help his friend I-man, a Rastafarian migrant worker get back home. But Bone finds it impossible to find a family where he can put down roots and make a home.
  • Mark Billingham: Lifeless

    (Sphere: 2012)
    Detective Tom Thorne goes undercover on the street to try and find out who is killing homeless people. He befriends two young addicts and discovers how people look out for each other on the street as well as how they live.
  • Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, Home

    (Virago 2006, 2009)
    Two works about themes of returning home and what home means, and what happens when the Prodigal son returns. Is ‘home’ the balm in Gilead?
  • Meghan Daum, Life Would be Perfect if I Lived in that House

    (Vintage: 2011 edition)
    A personal journey through an obsession with houses
  • Craig Storti, The Art of Coming Home

    (Intercultural Press, 2001)
    A book describing the difficulties faced by people coming home from living abroad, including a section on missionaries.
Films and TV about home and homelessness
© CTBI and MTAG 2014

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink


  • What is a home?
  • What do you feel about homeless people?

Scripture passages with questions

  • Garden of Eden
  • Babylonian Captivity
  • Jesus has no home
  • Jesus’ mother at the Cross
  • Prodigal Son

Art/images on the theme for reflection with questions and exploration

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

  • Appreciating your home
  • Understanding homeless people better


  • Brief thoughts from different people about home and homelessness.
  • Questions for discussion


For those who have lost their homes. With images for reflection


Websites to explore on the theme of home; homelessness; refugees and asylum seekers


  • What have you noted down for consideration?
  • Other bloggers; Comments from young people piloting the project


Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

Choose from Hymns; chants; psalms; classical music; contemporary music


Video clips, TV episodes, Films, Books, Contemporary music

Footsteps of Jesus

  • How did issues of home and homelessness affect Jesus?
  • Matthew 2. 13-15 The Escape into Egypt
  • Luke 4. 16-30 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth


Reflective stories
  • Manda’s story
  • Tanya’s story
  • Rebekah’s story
With questions for discussion


Story telling
Real life stories
  • Dev’s story
  • Rahena’s story
  • Simon’s story
  • Ana’s story
  • Carl’s story

Recipe - suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

  • Megan’s story; the work of the Salvation Army
  • Making soup to share with others

Dispossession - how am I changing?

  • Going home....what will I leave behind?
  • What new things will I take home with me?
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