A Story About Loving the Unloved
It all started as an ordinary dinner party. But life was about to change forever for Denise, the new-in-town young minister’s wife. Displaced from the security of her childhood home to work with her husband in the slums of Boston, it is while serving a candlelight dinner to friends that Denise encounters the town drunk—the entirely unloved Johnny Cornflakes. With his dramatic and unwelcome appearance, he spoils her picture-perfect social gathering and sets the stage for Denise’s growing contempt of him.
In the next surprising turn of events, Denise meets Johnny again—this time at the church’s Friday night Coffee House. As a group of troubled teenagers read from Matthew 25, the words of Jesus tug at their hearts when they are confronted by the noisy entrance of homeless, cold and hungry Johnny Cornflakes. It is the gaping hole in his shoe that captures their attention, and armed with compassion, they forge a plan to help this mysterious stranger.
The heart-warming tale of Johnny Cornflakes is based on a true story, presented in vivid detail by master storyteller Denise George. The narrative offers hope even in difficult places, challenges our attitudes toward others and shows how God can work in the most unexpected ways through the most unlikely, unloved people.
“Warm, funny and very honest. Denise George is very open about her own faults, and the lessons she had to learn about other people, especially those who are ‘different’. The book challenges us to ask how we would cope in a similar situation; could we ‘love the unlovely’? It’s an easy, entertaining read, with a powerful message, showing how God can work through the most unlikely people to challenge and change us.” — Free – The Youth Magazine of the Free Church of Scotland
“An absolutely wonderful story and beautifully told.” — Charles W. Colson, Founder of Prison Ministries Fellowship
“A tale of pathos and need, of joy and pain, of poverty and glorious abundance.” — Dr. Calvin Miller, author, poet, and artist.
“The deep things in this simple story tug hard at the heart.” — J. I. Packer, well-known author and Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
About the Author
Denise George is an internationally popular writer and speaker best known for creative Biblical application. Denise is married to Dr. Timothy George, executive editor of Christianity Today and founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also the author of Teach Your Children to Pray.