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5.0 out of 5 stars What Would You Do If An Eleven-Year-Old Panhandler Asked You for Food Money?, 14 Dec. 2011
This review is from: An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny (Kindle Edition)
"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.

There's also an unstated challenge: What will you do when the next panhandler asks you for money? Your decision may well help determine your fate as well as the panhandler's.

"An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break." -- Ancient Chinese Proverb
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