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A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Steel
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In her powerful memoir His Bright Light, #1 New York Times bestselling author 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 anonymously, visiting the “cribs” of the city’s most vulnerable citizens under cover of darkness, distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she is speaking 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 our society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the way—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 Steel’s A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.

Praise for A Gift of Hope

“[A] moving call for action.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Moving . . . The mega-selling, notoriously private author . . . is candid and honest about her own private life in a way we’ve never seen before.”—Books for Better Living

“Most assume that Steel’s life is as glamorous as her fiction. . . . The real Steel is a bit more complicated.”—San Francisco Chronicle


From the Hardcover edition.


Editorial Reviews

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Praise for A Gift of Hope

“[A] moving call for action.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Moving . . . The mega-selling, notoriously private author . . . is candid and honest about her own private life in a way we’ve never seen before.”—Books for Better Living

“Most assume that Steel’s life is as glamorous as her fiction. . . . The real Steel is a bit more complicated.”—San Francisco Chronicle


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 600 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include The Sins of the Mother, Friends Forever, Betrayal, Hotel Vendôme, Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2003 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6PRJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a real gift to all of us October 31, 2012
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I bought the book yesterday afternoon and kept reading it until 11pm. I couldn't tear myself away from it and had to finish it right there and then. Many times, I was in tears... This book is a must read for everyone. In spite of where the world is going nowadays, we all should care about one another. This book completely changed my view about the homeless people. I understand them more and won't ever pass them by without giving them something they can use, and look them in the eye. Romana Volny
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift of hope November 15, 2012
By pat
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I have been a faithful reader of Danielle Steel for years and have read everything she has written. I was so surprised that she worked so hard for the homeless. Made me think highly of her as a person as well as a writer. The book was very well written and kept my interest right to the end. Makes you thing of how lucky we are and that it could happen to anyone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story for Christmas and for every day. November 5, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I was disappointed when I received the book as when I bought it I did not realize how tiny the book was. Well I soon got over that! Sometimes the smaller books carry the biggest messages. It is a story that brought me to tears many times and just like the other reviewer that first posted I could not put it down. We should all care about each other not just during the holidays but every day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed November 20, 2012
By jmr
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Never thought I would say I didn't enjoy a Danielle Steele book. Didn't even bother to finish it.
I felt I was reading the same thing over and over again. The first couple of pages made you think there would be a story to it. Never happened and I got halfway through the book before I gave up reading it. Very diappointed. Makes me hesitate to buy another one of her books and I've read everyone of them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this Danielle Steel book January 4, 2013
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I've been reading DS since I was 15 years old and have always enjoyed her books. While the fact that this mega wealthy author focused on the homeless population for decade is certainly admirable, I found the tone in the book to be off. It was interesting to read about the plight of the some of the individuals she encountered, but I wanted to know more about THEM and not more about DS. The book seemed very repetitive. Great subject matter that we all need to learn more about, but could've been written with an increased focus on the homeless individuals rather what DS did for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow November 14, 2012
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The book is more about Danielle Steele and friends who donated items to the homeless once a month or so and their fears and efforts. It lacks stories about the homeless and relationships etc. It is terribly repetitive - she could have condensed the entire book to about 3-4 pages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little know facts January 18, 2013
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After reading Danielle Steel's "His Bright Light", I often wondered how she followed through with her commitment to mental health issues. What a surprise to realize she walked the streets of San Francisco and helped so many homeless people. Even with all her money and local connections, she realizes how little can be done. She certainly put her money to the best use for the years that she was able. I am sure the story is not over, and the gratification for all involved will be recorded in heaven above, the only place it truly counts. GOOD WORK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story! February 15, 2014
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Danielle Steel's true story of her work with the homeless is an amazing story. Her writing, as always, is awesome. I loved every minute of it... with anticipation of how she would handle all the obstacles she came across on her journey. I can relate... I lost my daughter this past November and I, as Danielle, began a ministry because of her passing. I also work with the homeless. A great learning experience. Loved every page and would encourage everyone to read this work of art. Lea
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting ! Buy it !
It is awesome !
Published 2 days ago by aaron cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excelent
Published 6 days ago by Milan Pistolich
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring, light read
As a volunteer homeless outreach worker myself, this book helped to re inspire me. I found myself wanting to share particular quotes with people to help them understand my... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Diane Teti
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Who would have thought that this was going on behind the scenes with such heartfelt generosity? For people like Danielle Steele and "team" to go out in the streets... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Joann
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy it very much. I would read it again. I wish there was someone...
The whole world should read this book so they can know that there are people out there that need help.
Published 23 days ago by Patricia Bardin
4.0 out of 5 stars Reccommended
As advertised.
Published 28 days ago by Steven J Parscale
5.0 out of 5 stars Unselfish love
I have lost a son from alcohol and depression, I also have a son who has been sober now for 36 days, I thank God for his guidance and strength. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GIsele Raiford
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read!
Published 1 month ago by Cathy Griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Brave for sure!
Danielle is definitely very brave to be out on the streets helping the Homeless. I'm not sure I could that. I wasn't really aware that this wasn't fiction when I bought it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Connie Elkind
5.0 out of 5 stars I love how Danielle used her pain and loss towards a ...
I love how Danielle used her pain and loss towards a positive cause. Grief is a powerful force that can be used to help others or used to destroy and embitter you.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Hambleton
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More About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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