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4.0 out of 5 stars Helping the Homeless
Firstly, it is important to realise that this is NOT a novel but a memoir. The book and product description pretty well summarise the nitty-gritty of the contents. An instruction from above came to Danielle Steel (DS) following prayer leading to the outreach project that grew in size, supplies and organisation, all funded by herself. It folded after 11 years because it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Gift of Hope
A Gift of Hope. It was alright. It is about Daniel Steel's life with homeless. It does give me an idea how people become homeless
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helping the Homeless, 19 Jan 2013
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Firstly, it is important to realise that this is NOT a novel but a memoir. The book and product description pretty well summarise the nitty-gritty of the contents. An instruction from above came to Danielle Steel (DS) following prayer leading to the outreach project that grew in size, supplies and organisation, all funded by herself. It folded after 11 years because it was financially unsustainable. The mission seems 'a gift of hope' but also life-changing therapy for DS following the tragic loss of her son. She describes vividly the awful plight of the homeless in San Francisco and the attitudes of the general public to them. The dangers that they and her team face in their environment are detailed and the major problems of mental illness and lack of facilities and legislation to deal with these and other physical issues. DS makes the point that France and Britain are far superior in the structure and access to medical and psychiatric care for the homeless keeping more off the streets.

Whilst applauding Ms Steel for her charitable efforts, I would have been interested in the 'whys and hows' they ended up living on the streets, their thoughts and states of mind, methods of survival, stories of their lives and perception of the future. DS states that they deliberately did not ask questions for reasons of privacy. She briefly touches on a few examples. Okay, but it could have added more interest and insight into this short informative, often touching read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift of Hope, 20 Jan 2013
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Anything by D.S. is brilliant. Just keep waiting for her next book then I have something to look forward to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Gift of Hope, 19 Jan 2013
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A Gift of Hope. It was alright. It is about Daniel Steel's life with homeless. It does give me an idea how people become homeless
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1.0 out of 5 stars SHOULD HAVE BEEN A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE NOT A BOOK, 9 Jan 2013
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Like the previous review I should have read the description first!
A rather long, repetative missive about her work on 'the streets' of San Francisco. This is not her normal type of book and would have been better presented if it was a much shortened down version and published in a newspaper or magazine. If you are a normal Danielle Steel fan do not buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!!!, 1 Feb 2013
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This was a excellent book, amazing work by the team, out in all weathers making life better for others, well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift of Hope by Danielle Steel, 31 Jan 2013
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An excellent read and an eye opening true story by Danielle, she is more than just an author. Well done
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 14 July 2014
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completely different to her other books but worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the other two books are great. i have been very badly let down by ..., 10 July 2014
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i have never recieved burning embers ?
the other two books are great.
i have been very badly let down by world of books
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review on A Gift of Hope by Danielle Steel, 16 Jun 2014
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From the moment I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It was captivating from the very beginning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 26 April 2014
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Couldn't get this in quite a few high street stores, glad I waited to order on-line as it was much cheaper.
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