Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 272 pages, 3.32 × 2.17 × 0.24 in
Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Howard Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451648979
ISBN - 13: 9781451648973
About the Book
The story of a lifelong 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.
Read from the Book
An Invisible Thread “Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare change?” This was the first thing he said to me, on 56th Street in New York City, right around the corner from Broadway, on a sunny September day. And when I heard him, I didn’t really hear 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. So I walked right by him, as if he wasn’t there. But then, just a few yards past him, I stopped. And then—and I’m still not sure why I did this—I came back. I came back and I looked at him, and I realized he was just a boy. Earlier, out of the corner of my eye, I had noticed he was young. But now, looking at him, I saw that he was a child—tiny body, sticks for arms, big round eyes. He wore a burgundy sweatshirt that was smudged and frayed and ratty burgundy sweatpants to match. He had scuffed white sneakers with untied laces, and his fingernails were dirty. But his eyes were bright and there was a general sweetness about him. He was, I would soon learn, eleven years old. He stretched his palm toward me, and he asked again, “Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare change? I am hungry.” What I said in response may have surprised him, but it really shocked me. “If you’re hungry,” I said, “I’ll take you to McDonald’s and buy you lunch.” “Can I have a
From the Publisher
Stopping was never part of the plan . . .
She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless,
eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare
change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her
tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and
again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an
unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost
Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago
is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how
relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit.
Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by
some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us
About the Author
Laura Schroff has worked as an advertising sales executive for some
of the biggest media companies in the U.S., including Time Warner,
USA TODAY, and Condé Nast.
Alex Tresniowski is the top human-interest writer at People and has
written several books, most notably The Vendetta, which was
purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie
"A single moment of obedience by an ordinary person started a wonderful relationship and a better life for a poor street child. Maurice started to dream, because Laura showed him compassion and kindness. This is exactly what Jesus is asking his followers to do today in a broken world. An Invisible Thread is an example for each and every one of us, not only in South Africa but in every other country. This book can and will change the world."