Sunday, November 6, 2011

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-year-old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny - by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Imagine yourself walking somewhere in Manhattan when suddenly a young boy, perhaps around the age of eleven, asks you for some money.  What would you do?  Would you stop and give the panhandler some cash to use for God knows what?  Would you not hesitate for a moment and just keep right on walking?  Back in 1986, Laura Schroff chose to keep on walking.  But then something inside her told her to turn around and go back.  To this day, Schroff is grateful she heard that little voice and listened.
Laura Schroff and Maurice Maczyk couldn’t have been living more different lives.  Laura was a successful  single businesswoman.  Maurice was a kid just trying to get by.  Laura was living alone in a luxury apartment, proud of her accomplishments.  Maurice was living in chaos, surrounded by family members doing drugs and coming in and out of his life.  That day in Manhattan their lives would converge and neither would be the same after.
"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
An Invisible Thread shows that one small act of kindness can lead to monumental changes in people’s lives.  Laura Schroff didn’t just give Maurice a meal.  She showed him trust.  She believed in him.  She demonstrated that some people will stay in your life no matter what.  She became his family without ever trying to replace his biological family.  She offered him an alternative view of the world.  Maurice offered Laura many things as well.  Never having her own biological child, Maurice showed up in her life and allowed her to love him.  He taught her the true value of money and the real meaning of lunch in a brown paper bag.  To this day, their relationship endures.
I enjoyed this book immensely.  It is rare to find a book that leaves you feeling like you’re a better person for having read it, but An Invisible Thread was that type of a book for me.  It gave me hope and it put a smile on my face.  I’m grateful that I received this book complimentarily from Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, in exchange for an honest review. 


Modern Day Disciple said...

Oh, this sounds like one to read! Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

I really enjoyed this book too. Fantastic.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Heidi! A book that makes you feel you're a better person for having read it? Wow What an amazing endorsement!

New follower~

Stephanie ~Misfit Salon~

Chrissy Peebles said...

What a fantastic book!

Hi! My name is Chrissy. I'm following your blog now. I'm here from The Weekly Book Blog hop hosted by Beck Valley Books. It's great to meet you!

Erica Nicholas said...

Great book!

I'm a new follower now of your blog as well! :)

Grace InAZ said...

Great review! I need to add this to my to-read list!
I am blog hopping & following you from Beck Valley Books. Growing Old With Grace Hugs, GraceinAZ

Darcia Helle said...

This one is going right to the top of my wish list! Thanks for the great review.

Fairday Morrow said...

This book sounds like a perfect read for this season. I love inspiring books! I think I read an interview with the people that this book focuses on in the newspapaer a few weeks ago.

Thanks for sharing!