An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

Laura Schroff's An Invisible ThreadAn Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff et al
Published: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Howard Books
Genre: Creative Nonfiction / Memoir
Edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
ISBN: 1451642512
Source: Library

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 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.

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 three decades.

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 still.

(Synopsis via Simon & Schuster; image via Goodreads)


It’s something I call an invisible thread. It is, as the old Chinese proverb tells us, something that connects two people who are destined to meet, regardless of time and place and circumstance. Some legends call it the red string of fate; others, the thread of destiny.

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

Laura Schroff’s story could be my story, or yours, or the next-door neighbor, a school teacher. Her story could be anyone’s story. But for this book, it is Laura Schroff’s story to tell in her own way sharing her truth as she knows it.

Yet, her story is not hers alone. Her story involves 11-year old Maurice Mazyck, a homeless boy panhandling the streets of Manhattan. The first time he reaches out and asks Laura for money, she walks on. Something causes her to turn around and go back. And for Laura and Maurice life begins to change that day.

Each of them, though from different backgrounds, has suffered the hard pain and loss life can deal us. Individually, they handled those hurts and losses the best they could with what they had. Together, they each benefitted from the other in miraculously beautiful ways.

That isn’t to say everything turned into perfection over night. Bad things still happened to Laura and Maurice, often circumstances over which they had no control. Yet in the end they learned from each other what it truly means to love, understand, and appreciate another human. It’s called unconditional love.

Recommendation, redIf you have feelings at all, this book will touch you. If you focus on self and material things, you will not find what you’re looking for here. Having given this disclaimer, I highly recommend this book to those looking for a way to make a difference. That is what Laura did for Maurice, and in turn Maurice did for Laura. A good read, a story told from the heart.

Meet Laura and Maurice:

Miscellaneous:  Meet and connect with Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski via the book’s site. There you can also learn more about the foundation growing out of this story.

Available 9/22/2015:  Children's Version of An Invisible Thread

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