The Emptiness of Our Hands: 47 Days on the Streets


(3rd edition, 2018)


A life-changing and eye-opening read!

Join me and co-author James Murray as we voluntarily give up our homes for 47 days to live on the streets of Columbus, Ohio.  We go out to be as present as possible to everyone we meet.

This chronological account of our experiences is perfect for use in daily meditation. It includes nearly 30 black and white photographs, most shot by James using crude pinhole cameras he constructed from trash.

Be sure to also get the FREE companion reader Practicing Presence: Insights From The Streets when you purchase this book.

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Testimonials from Readers

The very raw emotion that is shared in The Emptiness of Our Hands makes it very moving and thought provoking. Robin L. B.

In The Emptiness of Our Hands we meet the harshness of a winter’s homelessness, a community of souls caring for each other, and somehow ourselves, as if we’ve ventured out into that world. Not always an easy journey, but somehow welcoming and needed. Sanford S.

The Emptiness of Our Hands is a rare witness to the ancient practice of presence and accompaniment. Phyllis and James invite us into a life-changing and perception-altering journey. Gwyn S.

The Emptiness of Our Hands is a great read. When you are done you have a deeper understanding and more compassion for what a homeless man or woman is going through. Mike S.

The most touching book I ever read. The Emptiness of Our Hands changed my perception of street people. I no longer judge. Mary R.