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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (7 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451648979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451648973
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date :2012-08-07 Pages: 238 Language: English Publisher: Howard Books Stopping was never part of the plan ... She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless. eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks. and she went back. And she continued to go back. again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected. life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades. Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished. no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him. as if we were bound by some invisible. unbreakable thread. And whatever it is. it binds us still.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2011
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"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on 17 Sept. 2013
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A well written memoir telling the story of two people who each impacted each others lives. It highlights how little we actually take notice of our surroundings on a typical day to day basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS DEBRA E MARRIOTT on 3 Feb. 2013
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Couldn't put it down! Fabulous. Very heart-warming and heart-wrenching at times, but very inspirational. I love true stories. Highly recommended.
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As this happens to be a true story it's even more poignant and absolutely impossible to put down! It tells of the unlikely friendship that develops between a hungry young black kid on the streets of New York and a busy female executive. Don't even hesitate..buy this book, you'll be so pleased you did.
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