An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

An Invisible Thread The True Story of an Year Old Panhandler a Busy Sales Executive and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny An Invisible Thread tells of the life long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindn

  • Title: An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
  • Author: Laura Schroff Alex Tresniowski Valerie Salembier
  • ISBN: 9781451642926
  • Page: 299
  • Format: ebook
  • An Invisible Thread tells of the life long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back She took the boy to lunch at the McDAn Invisible Thread tells of the life long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald s across the street that day And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both their lives had changed dramatically Nearly thirty years later, that young boy, Maurice, is married and has his own family Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven year old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.

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    1. I just finished this wonderful book, that I won through First Reads giveaway. It's a very inspirational story, that left me in tears many times. I loved the relationship that grew with Laura and Maurice. As a native New Yorker, I know how easy it is to just ignore most of the panhandlers that wander the streets of the city. Reading this touching memoir opened my eyes, that it's just not adults out there but kids also. Her story telling flowed with ease, and never not once did I feel I had to fo [...]

    2. It bothers me that Laura Schroff and a co author with nothing to do with this story wrote the book and not Maurice and Laura writing it together. I didn't care much for Laura's backstory particularly how she writes throughout the book how much her troubles made her relate to Maurice, but then admits in the end that her troubles were really nothing on the scale of what Maurice went thru. In fact, I didn't think they were anything alike at all which is why I think Laura's backstory is just filler [...]

    3. "To all the children like Maurice whose lives are harder than we can imagine. Never lose hope that you can break the cycle and change your life. And never stop dreaming, because the power of dreams can lift you."Laura Schroff's forward dedication sums up perfectly the heart and purpose of her poignantly heartfelt memoir. I'm humbly awed by her selflessness, generosity, honesty, and her triumph-over-adversity tenacious, gentle spirit. For it's not just Maurice who had much to overcome - namely dr [...]

    4. We all do acts of kindness, mostly within our circles of family or friends. When we reach out beyond those we usually call it charity. This narrative by Laura Schroff describes her choice to reach beyond her wallet and form a relationship with a street child in Manhattan several decades ago. Schroff describes how they met and how she and Maurice (11 or 12 years old at the beginning) continued to meet over a period of years. As this unfolds (and I use that term deliberately), we see how the relat [...]

    5. The story itself is really a 3 star story is heart warming and commendable and I admire and respect Laura for bringing joy and hope into Maurice's life. And while others may criticize how she could simply bring this child into her home, I suppose sometimes people make decisions without knowing why they are making them. But while it becomes clear later in that the system would not have helped this boy, Laura seems to have had NO knowledge of what was happening deep within this family. Would foste [...]

    6. I love the story upon which this memoir was based. I just wish it had been written by someone with talent. For weeks, perhaps even months, I have been trying to teach my 3rd graders how to "show" what's happening in the stories they write, not "tell." I wish someone would teach Laura Schroff the same thing. There was so much "telling" in this book that I wanted to pull my hair out. Furthermore, the second half of the book was completely ruined by the author's codependent behavior with her 2nd hu [...]

    7. ”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 ProverbI enjoyed An Invisible Thread and was happy with the ending of the book. There were a few parts that seemed cheesy, written down, however as someone who has participated in a formalized youth mentoring program for years, I can relate to some of the feelings Laura expresses. The reward is a two way stree [...]

    8. One day Laura Schroff, a busy ad exec, was walking down a street and barely registered a small boy ask her "Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare change?" But for some reason, a reason she couldn't name then or now, she turned around half way across the street, nearly getting hit by the impatient Manhattan drivers, went back to the boy and offered to take him to lunch at McDonalds. In that moment a friendship was born that changed both of their lives forever. They began an unlikely friendship t [...]

    9. The friendship in this amazing story is probably one of the most unlikely that I've ever read, but it proves that there doesn't need to be an economic divide getting in the way of true companionship. The gritty urban environment of New York City provides the perfect backdrop for a powerful memoir of two very different people who discover that they have much more in common than they realize.

    10. A rich white woman befriends a homeless sweet black boy. As he passes her on the sidewalk, an "Invisible Thread" seems to have pulled her back to him and she takes him to lunch. I thought the book was going to be more about their friendship and less about her life. I found their friendship very interesting. Parts of it I really loved. Especially how protective Maurice, the child, was of her and loved her so openly. I was disappointed in the way she let Maurice down on many occasions.Near the end [...]

    11. I laughed and I cried and I read it in one day. I often read the reviews after I finish a book just to compare my opinion with others. This time, it was very interesting. Many people complained about self-centered and naive Laura was. But, I loved that part of the book. Someone less naive would never have taken a homeless, dirty, black kid to lunch on a whim. Yes, she made some mistakes and bad choices. But, this was the story of her life and she was brutally honest about it. I am more likely to [...]

    12. I have never read a book that had me crying after the first few pages and then smiling after the last page was read. Just as the title says it's about a busy executive and a small boy out on the streets begging for money. She walks by him as if he doesn't exist but then for some unknown reason goes back and there starts this beautiful relationship between the two. I read this book in not even a day because I simply could not put it down. The bond and the love just jumps off the pages. I am so th [...]

    13. If you make me lunch," he said, "will you put it in a brown paper bag?Because when I see kids come to school with their lunch in a paper bag, that means that someone cares about them. Miss Laura, can I please have my lunch in a paper bag?I just finished this exceptional story. Living in Toronto now I don’t see any child panhandler but based on my previous experience outside of country I know it’s very easy to just ignore them and continue wherever we go.In this beautiful book Laura Schroff, [...]

    14. Can ONE PERSON make a difference in another person's life? Laura Schroff lives just two blocks away from Maurice Maczyk in downtown Manhattan in a brand-new penthouse apartment. Maurice lives in a one-room apartment(yes, one room)in the projects with eleven other people who come and go (when his mother isn't in jail and they still have a roof over their head). Laura is a highly successful executive at USA Today. Maurice is an eleven-year-old boy begging on the streets. Two people, and two differ [...]

    15. Overall, I think the story is better than the writing itself, which makes it hard to accurately evaluate with only a single rating. The story itself is compelling and inspirational. The link between Laura and Maurice seems very real at every point, and the elements she presents as part of the story draw you in, you feel you are there with her. I also enjoy the way the story is presented, Laura's own story of growing up is interspersed with Maurice's so you easily see why the two of them connecte [...]

    16. This book will really make you stop and think about what kind of person you are. I don't believe many people are like Laura Schroff. I don't think many people would have stopped to help a young boy asking for money on the street. But I would like to believe this book would help us consider being that kind of person. Laura is the type of person I strive to be. Kind, thoughtful, giving. Her relationship with Maurice indeed did save his life. Anyone who reads this book can see that. But the fact is [...]

    17. I'm just going to preface this by writing: read In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving instead. I just felt like the Tuohy's story was much more captivating with the fact that they completely took Michael Oher iney clothed him, fed him, made sure he attended school and got good grades. Now, I'm not trying to diminish the good that Laura Schroff did because what she did for Maurice was pretty amazing as well. I guess I just can't get over the fact that she allowed her husband to dis [...]

    18. It was just another day working at the library receiving new books, when I came across this one. The title "An Invisible Thread," along side the image of the woman and boy, immediately caught my attention. After reading the subtitle I had seen enough and checked out the book. My library "to read" books piled up and this one sat amongst them for a few weeks. So yesterday, after finishing a book, I turned to that "to read" pile and grabbed this one. I wasn't even in the mood for non-fiction and ye [...]

    19. A good story. Uplifting which seems such a rare thing these days. Readable, and by that I mean somewhat simple. When I read memoirs I always feel the protagonist is whining. I know this isn’t a fair statement. They are writing about their lives and if they didn’t have things to whine about, it wouldn’t be much of a story. I understand why Laura compared Maurice’s life to her own but the harsh reality of Maurice’s made her complaints (serious though they were) seem frivolous. I almost t [...]

    20. when i finished reading this book i was all set to get on and bash it. then i thought about it. while i understand that delving into her past brought the reader on the journey and why she did the things she did, when i picked up the book i was expecting to learn all about the unlikely friendship. most of the book was spent in the way past, her past, her fathers abuse, that sorta thing. to me, her life, while dramatic and rough with the abuse, she lived a privledged life compaired to maurice. i [...]

    21. First off, I don’t care for the subtitle as it doesn’t do justice to the two major characters - it grossly mislabels Maurice and Laura - they are both so much more than an 11-year-old panhandler and a busy sales executive. So, I like that the audio edition, which I went with, dropped the subtitle. Now, that I’ve taken care of that gripe…it was a wonderful book about the deep understanding and relationship between two individuals that came about by mere chance - or was it that fate brough [...]

    22. Oh my gosh!! If I you can only read one book this year, and you want it to be something that makes you feel good at the end and be a better personA book that makes you feel like the world can be a better place, like YOU can make a difference in someone's lifeTHIS is your book. This was such a touching story of an AMAZING woman and her choice to make an impact/start a friendship with a young man who was struggling. Laurie, she did something VERY few of us do, and that's just give of herself and h [...]

    23. In a recent discussion on , people were telling how they rated the books they read. Someone said that they only give five stars to books that make a dramatic change in their life. I gave this book five stars, not because it is so well written, but because of the spirit and message of the book. It's a moving story of how a woman, Laura Schroff, an advertising sales executive, makes a connection with an 11-year-old panhandler on a New York street and both their lives are changed. Maybe you have he [...]

    24. This story was not a full 4 stars for me, but was definitely stronger than a 3. This book is summed up for me on page 231 "An Invisible Thread is about an unusual friendship between two different people, but I think it is about much more than that. It is about a mother longing for a child and a child longing for a mother. That longing had nothing to do with umbilical chords or DNA. It had to do with two people who needed each other and who were destined to meet on the corner of 56th and Broadway [...]

    25. Sometimes the spur-of-the-moment choices we make change our lives forever. This is the story of just such a choice. Laura was a busy sales exec who walked right by a eleven year old panhandler on a New York City street one day and then, inexplicably, she turned back, bought Maurice some lunch at McDonald's and changed her life - and his. The situation Maurice was born into pretty much assured him a life of drugs, crime and the strong possibility of an early death. Laura had an active, exciting l [...]

    26. What a great book! It's not what I thought it was going to be, it was so much more.I loved how the author entwined her story with that of Maurice's story. Although they had different economical backgrounds they had similar childhoods. Abuse comes in all forms. Possibly if the author didn't go through what she went through as a child and young adult perhaps she wouldn't have had such a kind heart for a homeless child? I listened to this on hoopla and didn't really enjoy the narrator but loved the [...]

    27. Maurice had never met anyone like Laura and Laura had never met anyone like Maurice. They were from two different worlds. Laura doesn't know why she stopped and turned back after Maurice asked her for some money, but she is glad she did. Through Maurice, Laura learned about the life he and thousands of others were living on a daily basist a pleasant life at all. Laura was helping Maurice to live a better life at least one day a week, and it seemed to be paying off since she could see a change in [...]

    28. Interesting read. I was expecting it to be mostly about this unlikely friendship between a young homeless black kid from the projects and this rich, white ad exec in NYC. Instead it delved a lot into Laurie's life and how her abusive father helped shape who she became. I left reading this still wanting more More understanding of why she'd marry a controlling husband who forbid her from the greatest joy in her life. details about Maurice and where he's at today. I'm glad Ms Schroff told about how [...]

    29. 11/2012 The subtitle of the book “The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny” hints at the story. The book describes the episode when a young boy of color asks a rich white woman if she has any change. She walks by, then stops, returns to the boy and takes him out for dinner. The story follows their relationship for the next twenty (or so) years. The story provides a glimpse into generational poverty that has its roots in drug us [...]

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