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  • An Invisible Thread

    An-Invisible-Thread

    by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
    272 pages
    Reviewed by Dr. Russ Yocum

     
    “‘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” (Schroff & Tresniowski, Kindle loc 60 of 3327).

     
    An Invisible Thread is the true story of how the author, national periodical sales executive, Ms. Laura, connected with a troubled young boy of the streets, Maurice

     
    Ms. Laura conveys her own dysfunctional upbringing destined her to befriend and help Maurice, whose seemed to ever roam the streets of NYC to beg for money while his family was busy abusing and dealing drugs and constantly on the move from one welfare housing hotel to the next.

     
    Laura was on her way through the city, having even scheduled her leisure time to the minute when a hungry Maurice asked her for money for food. She kept on walking, when something made her stop, turn around, and take Maurice to lunch at McDonald’s. With this simple act of random kindness began a friendship that would better the lives of
    both, fulfilling Laura’s desire to raise a child and showing Maurice that he could aspire to more than the life of drugs, begging and intransigence that were modeled to him by his biological family.

     

    If you’ve ever taken a chance on someone, even when you thought that person might not be good for you – - might even be a danger to you – -or if you’ve developed a relationship with the most unlikeliest of persons, then you you’ve felt the pull of the “invisible thread” in your life!Stand back and see what kind of tapestry is woven by all of your “invisible threads.”

    Notes to Teachers: NOTE: NOTE: MATURE YA. This book contains some mature themes, such as child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, and life on the streets.

    Suggestions for Possible Concepts: Teachers can use this book to prompt discussions about dysfunctional family lives, taking responsibility for one’s own future, how to overcome adversity and build a positive life, and the value of
    friendship.

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    This book review was authored by Dr. Russ Yocum, Associate Professor at Liberty University

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