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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829433015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829433012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Jane Knuth's] stories of the people that visit the store are very inspiring and she uses these stories to teach us the Vincentian principles of divine providence, spirituality and seeing the face of Christ in the poor."
--Ozanam News


The stories are fascinating, the reflections probing.
--Review for Religious


 "I love Jane Knuth’s books Thrift Store Saints and Thrift Store Graces."
--Ray Dupont, National Saint Vincent de Paul Stores Committee Chairperson

Book Description

Inspiring true stories of a volunteer thrift-store worker’s soul-changing encounters with the poor

Three people are waiting on the sidewalk in the drizzle. I drive past them and around the end of the building. As I park my car next to the fresh graffiti, I chew on my lip and say to myself for the hundredth time, What are you doing here, Jane? You don’t know the first thing about helping poor people!
So begins Thrift Store Saints, a collection of true stories based on Jane Knuth’s experiences at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in the inner city of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
At the outset of the book, Knuth is a reluctant new volunteer at the store, sharing that her middle-class, suburban, church-going background has not prepared her well for this kind of work. By the end of the book, Knuth has undergone a transformation of sorts, and neither she nor we can ever view the poor in the same way again.
Knuth’s transformation is rooted in the prevailing message of Thrift Store Saints: When we serve the poor, they end up helping us as much as we help them. Throughout the book we are introduced to new “saints,” as Knuth thoughtfully, at times humorously, describes how her encounters with the poorest people led her to the greatest riches of God’s grace.
Thrift Store Saints makes clear that it doesn’t require heroic Mother Teresa-types to make a difference with the poor, and it even more powerfully shows us that working with them is not gloomy, depressing work. Knuth’s moving stories demonstrate the profound joy any of us can experience when we see helping the poor not as social work, but as a spiritual path that leads us to the heart of Jesus.


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It will make me look at the people who need help in an entirely new light.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chi_reader on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book has wonderful heartwarming stories told from a down-to-earth perspective. I loved this book so much that I plan to send one to my mom for her birthday! Trust me- you won't be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By carolynksu on November 8, 2010
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This is an easy read. But this does not mean I did not get anything from reading the book. Our local "budget shop" is operated by almost 100 volunteers and I saw myself in this book. It is spiritual but not over the top. The individuals encountered are real and go by many names. This is a must read for those who work with the disadvantaged or are thinking about it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By paige on October 13, 2010
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This book is a wonderful read as well as thought provoking. The insights Jane shares with us are priceless. It will make me look at the people who need help in an entirely new light.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on June 14, 2011
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What happens when a middle-class, American suburbanite encounters the uncomfortable world of inner-city poverty? In Thrift Store Saints, Jane Knuth answers by sharing her experiences volunteering in a local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.

Through meeting the "saints" who frequented her shop, Knuth undergoes a profound transformation in her own spiritual life. She begins to see the poor not as burdens but as "opportunities to meet Jesus." Thrift Store Saints is the perfect type of social-justice book: it uses personal stories and it doesn't leave you feeling guilty about what you're not doing. Instead, it inspires you--through example, not guilt--to want to do more. Thrift Store Saints teaches you, in the words of Mother Teresa, how to find Christ in his "most distressing disguise."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LWSpotts on October 23, 2013
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This book touched me in ways I did not expect. It is not a great piece of literature, but there are little nuggets in every chapter that pull at you. However, it is the final third of the book that I really responded to. I am thankful it wasn't preachy, and that it was written in a simple, straightforward style. Sometimes in order to really get the message, it needs to be soft-pedaled, and Jane Knuth's light touch was exactly right for the subject matter. I am grateful to have read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lolanestor on February 16, 2012
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A very pleasant surprise read. Held my attention and kept me turning the pages with great anticipation right thru to the end. This book may inspire hoarders to clean out their closets.Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 at a Time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 14, 2010
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Strapped for cash, one looks to faith more than ever. "Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 cents at a time" is a collection of stories from Jane Knuth, reflecting on her time working at a thrift store which led her to encounter many individuals living on the edge and in need. Stating that during her time as a volunteer, she gained more spiritually than she ever gave in return, she preaches the power of volunteering, making "Thrift Store Saints" a solid and very highly recommended read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Shopper on September 3, 2010
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A wonderful book! It will make you look at the world and those around you in a new light. I was captivated from page 1 and can't put it down. This is definitely a book that should be passed around and shared with those you love.
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