A Gift of Hope

A Gift of Hope

Helping the Homeless

Book - 2012
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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER

In her powerful memoir His Bright Light , Danielle Steel opened her heart to share the devastating story of the loss of her beloved son. In A Gift of Hope, she shows us how she transformed that pain into a campaign of service that enriched her life beyond what she could imagine.

For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked under cover of darkness distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries to the cityâe(tm)s most vulnerable citizens. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she has chosen to tell her story to bring attention to their plight.

In this unflinchingly honest and deeply moving memoir, the famously private author speaks out publicly for the first time about her work among the most desperate members of society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the wayâe"and issues a heartfelt call for more effective action to aid this vast, deprived population. Determined to supply the homeless with the basic necessities to keep them alive, she ends up giving them something far more powerful: a voice.

By turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steelâe(tm)s A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.

Publisher: London : Bantam, 2012.
ISBN: 9780593068250
Characteristics: 128 p. ; 21 cm.

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writermala
Apr 16, 2013

A far cry from Danielle Steel's usual books, "A Gift of Hope," is a heartrending account of Steel's attempt to help the homeless. She does this following the death of her son, Nick, and it is indeed a worthwhile effort. Many of us have ideas about the homeless ranging from "they are dirty and lazy" to "they are violent." Steel's account goes a long way in dispelling these myths. Her line, "Need is acute in the streets greed is rare," sums it up nicely.

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lgbennett89
Feb 15, 2013

An easy read. This book, like her fiction was very repetitive. But I applaud her for what she has done. She gave from the heart. She gave through body and soul. It was a great financial expense that I can't imagine. But by reading all her books I feel like I can be a part of that too.

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soanil
Dec 05, 2012

it is not a bad book but neither a good one. Steel should better start writing the old way. This the second book which she has messed up. Steel be your self . I am sure you can do it.

sablegirl Nov 13, 2012

A different type of book from Danielle Steel. It was a very quick read but not written very well. Not sure what it was supposed to be about; homelessness or how much stuff she gave away. I do give her credit for spending so much of her own money. Not sure I would recommend.

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