Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile


Jane Harris

About the Book

Finding Home in the Promised Land is the fruit of Jane Harris’ journey through the wilderness of social exile after a violent crime left her injured and tumbling down the social ladder toward homelessness – for the second time in her life – in 2013. Her Scottish great-great grandmother Barbara’s portrait opens the door into pre-Confederation Canada. Her own story lights our journey through 21st Century Canada.

She asks why Canadians fell into accepting diminished dreams, and ignoring the obvious – that trauma and poverty are inextricably linked, and it is social exiles who fall through the cracks. She asks why Canada, a nation of exiles driven to create their own Promised Land came to accept first poor houses; then soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and silent suffering class of working poor? Why did charity, another word for love, become cold bureaucracy? She uncovers the sad truth that the taxes and charitable gifts the prosperous among us pay as tolls to avoid looking at the poor fix nothing. Instead, they fund a poverty industry that keeps the dispossessed in an exile thornier than any back bush squatter’s camp. But she also uncovers a path out of the bureaucratic wilderness that could eliminate social exile in Canada.

Finding Home in the Promised Land is Jane Harris’s second book to be published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. The first Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret was published in 2010.

Jane’s articles about business, personal finance, history, faith, politics and social issues have appeared in more than a dozen publications, including the Winnipeg Free Press, The National Post, Alberta Views, Alberta Venture, Lethbridge Herald, and The Anglican Planet.

Also available as an ebook from Signature Editions:

BIO190000 Biography & Autobiography POL029000 Political Science/Social Policy
268pp 6 x 9 in