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An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny [Kindle Edition]

Laura Schroff , Alex Tresniowski , Valerie Salembier
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"[A] feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness." ---Publishers Weekly

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An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald’s across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both their lives had changed dramatically. Nearly thirty years later, that young boy, Maurice, is married and has his own family. Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be.
     An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor." -- Psalm 72:4 (NKJV)

I can't ever remember being asked for money by a panhandler as young as eleven. But that happened to Laura Schroff in Manhattan and the results are movingly described in this true story. It will grow your heart and cause you to change your life.

While there are many stories about helping those in need in the Bible (such as the parable of the Good Samaritan) and books about people who testify to the magnificence of living to serve poor people (biographies about being in the Salvation Army come to mind), most people of whatever faith avoid panhandlers both in terms of physical location and eye contact.

That's what Laura Schroff started to do . . . because she was busy . . . but something drew her back . . . an invisible thread . . . and that thread turned into a large knitted fabric of fulfilling what she now sees as God's purpose.

She was soon shocked to learn that Maurice, the panhandler, lived only two blocks away from her stylish midtown apartment in a grungy welfare hotel.

The book is written in three ways: Laura's story, Maurice's story, and the story of their friendship that grew out of the event.

Maurice desperately needed help, far more than even he realized. The same was true for Laura. The relationship between them became a sound foundation for living more fruitful lives that probably wouldn't have happened in the same way.

While this book is clearly a testimony about how God works in our lives, those who aren't particularly faith-filled will still enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read Feb. 14 2014
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This was a great book to illustrate the power that one person can make is someone else's life. We can not always fix what is wrong with the whole world but we can make a difference for one person. Also the condition of this book when it arrived was better than I looked brand new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerri Oct. 5 2014
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An incredible story of life, giving, loving, sharing the greatest gift one can give to another... one's self. A wonderful book to give as a gift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars similar to the blind side June 2 2014
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Reminded me of 'the blind side' movie. White woman/black boy--bond of friendship through having a meal together then weekly for years.
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Story well told, held interest with details of two very different lives, yet how the human link of kindness is there in all mankind,
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