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

Danielle Steel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 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


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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

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: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345531361
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6PRJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,208 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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this Danielle Steel book January 4, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Service September 9, 2013
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Being a servant of God I have had the awesome privilege to work and minister to the homeless. After reading this book I have continued to receive confirmation that I am right where God wants me. It is such a blessing to know a woman who I have admired for quite sometime is also invested in servicing those in need. I was a formerly homeless person was encouraged by angels and made it possible for me to return to school, get my BSW and MSW. I now do street outreach and case management with the homeless for a mental health organization. I am also part of a group that takes church to the homeless on Sunday mornings. There is HOPE!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift of Hope
This book is a heartwarming story of many caring people getting together to serve others. It shows that we can make a difference, and bring hope to the hopeless among us.
Published 2 days ago by Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love and own all her books. she is a great writer and it shows in each book she writes
Published 3 days ago by Rikki Phaup
5.0 out of 5 stars It Could Happen to You!
Danielle Steel is mainly a romance fiction writer so when she writes non-fiction I am sure to read it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ellyn M. Renken
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching Out to Our Forgotten Neighbors
I really liked this book! It truly told the reader exactually how much help is needed in the USA for those who are homeless. I will recommend this as a must read to my friends. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Gammyacker
5.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet story, more of a holiday book.
always enjoy a DS book. All but one book out of every book she has written I have liked very much. have read all of her books for years now.
Published 5 days ago by jodi yenchik
4.0 out of 5 stars book
It was a good book and very informative; though some of the information was repeated on several occasions. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Trudi Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars so far so good.
Haven't finished it yet,but is very interesting how they go out to help the homeless. Lessons to be learned through out
this book.
Published 11 days ago by Ruthanne Kilburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith filled response to a major problem in our country
I was interested in this because this book is a true response about a current problem. It also gave me a whole new appreciation of Danielle Steel.
Published 13 days ago by CHARLITA FOXHOVEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching read
Having never really considered the plight of the homeless before this is a very eye-opening book. I don't know how she managed for eleven years... Read more
Published 15 days ago by S.V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty & Uplifting Insight About The Homeless!
This book gives you a lot of insight of how the homeless people really live and what they go through! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Beverly A. Martin
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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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