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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 by [Schroff, Laura, Tresniowski, Alex]
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"A straightforward tale of kindness and paying it forward in 1980s New York . . . For readers seeking an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter."

--Kirkus Reviews

""An Invisible Thread"--a remarkable story, told so beautifully and honestly--shows us what's possible when we are not afraid to connect with another human being and tap into our compassion. It is a story about the power each of us has to elevate someone else's life and how our own life is enriched in the process. This special book reminds us that damaging cycles can be broken and not to neglect the humanity of the strangers we brush up against every day."

--Chris Gardner, bestselling author of "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Start Where You Are"

"I thought I knew what "An Invisible Thread" was going to be. I thought it would be a simple and hopeful story about a woman who saved a boy. I was wrong. It's a complex and unswervingly honest story about a woman and a boy who saved each other. By its raw honesty and lack of excess sentimentality, it is even more inspirational. This is a book capable of restoring our faith in each other and in the very idea that maybe everything is going to be okay after all."

--Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of "Pay It Forward" and "Jumpstart the World"

""An Invisible Thread" is like "The Blind Side", but instead of football, it's food. These are two people who were brought together by one simple meal, and it literally changed the course of both of their lives. This is a must-read . . . you can read it in a day because it's impossible to put down. If you read it and find it as moving as I did, pay it forward: buy a copy and give it to a friend."

--Rachael Ray, host of "The Rachael Ray Show"

"According to an old Chinese proverb, there's an invisible thread that connects two people who are destined to meet and influence each other's lives. . . . As Schroff relates Maurice's story, she tells of her own father's alcoholism and abuse, and readers see how desperately these two need each other in this feel-good story about the far-reaching benefits of kindness."

--"Publishers Weekly"

"When advertising executive Laura Schroff was approached by 11-year-old panhandler Maurice, at first, she ignored him: 'His words were part of the clatter, like a car horn or someone yelling for a cab. They were, you could say, just noise--the kind of nuisance New Yorkers learn to tune out.' A moment later, when she came to, she returned and invited her new acquaintance to lunch at McDonald's, the beginning of a human connection that would change both their lives. "An Invisible Thread" picks up the progress of two very different people with strangely parallel stories of 'complicated pasts and fragile dreams.' Uplifting, without an ounce of pretension."

--BarnesandNoble.com

"An incredible story . . . I would encourage everyone to pick up this book."

--Clayton Morris, host, Fox & Friends

"This book is a game-changer . . . each chapter touches your heart. "An Invisible Thread" is a gift to us all. America needs this book now more than ever."

--"Coach" Ron Tunick, national radio show host, "The Business of Life"

"If you have a beating heart--or if you fear you're suffering a hardening of the emotional arteries--you really ought to commit to this book at the earliest possible opportunity . . . read this book. And pass it on. And encourage the next reader to do the same."

--Jesse Kornbluth, "Huffington Post"

About the Author

Laura Schroff is a former advertising executive who helped launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history—InStyle, Teen People, and People StyleWatch. Schroff has also worked as the New York Division Manager at People magazine and as Associate Publisher at Brides magazine. She lives in Westchester, New York.

Alex Tresniowski is a former human-interest writer at People and the bestselling author of several books, most notably The Vendetta, which was purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie Public Enemies. His other titles include An Invisible Thread, Waking Up In Heaven, and The Light Between Us.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18840 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451642512
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XHLYOQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Fantastic book, delivered quickly thank you
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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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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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Found this book heart warming and encourages one to take a step out of their comfort zone. Easy read .
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A wonderful read. Well written, inspiring and uplifting. It demonstrates the positive impact a person can have just by showing kindness towards another. An unforgettable story.
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Remarkable story of how helping a stranger can completely turn your life around and enhance it in so many ways! Renews your faith in human kindness.
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