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The Street or Me: A New York Story Kindle Edition
- Kevin M. Ryan, President/CEOCovenant House International
"When asked what is the best thing housed people can do for the homeless, many people without a home say 'Just look me in the eye, say hello, and treat me like a human being.' Judith Glynn followed this advice and the result is this inspiring book."
- Eric Hirsch, Professor of Sociology, Providence College
"An accurate description of the devastation which attendsthis killer disease. A remarkable love story. Best of all, ariveting read. I couldn't put it down."
- Sylvester C. Sviokla, MD ABAM, author (w/Kerry Zukus) of From Harvard to Hell...and Back
"This book caused me to reflect since I work for a non-profit organization which helps the homeless, unlike author Judith Glynn who didn't have a job as her ticket to being a goodperson when she helped a homeless addict. My takeaway from this inspiring story is to ask myself is working in social services actually "doing enough" andto never let the question cease until I am satisfied with the answer."
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Please see my Amazon author page for information about me and my work. I will respond if contacted through my website, judithglynn.com.
- ASIN : B00IU1JF7K
- Publisher : Fox Point Press (March 13, 2014)
- Publication date : March 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 5542 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 192 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #692,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The author gives us the graphic details of being a street person, and it is not a pretty picture. She befriended Michelle, and over a course of two years tries to convince her to clean up her act and to maybe go home to her family in Italy. She gains her trust by not forcing her to give up anything, yet not supplying her with anything either, just a friendly face and an ear to listen.
The story will definitely keep you interested, and make you wonder about the street people we see in any city or town.
What a story! It is told beautifully; and the pictures made me cry, especially the last of one of Mireille. I will say I wanted more, more, more, but alas, I, too, needed to leave her.
Judith Glynn draws us in to her story so deftly that it is impossible to put the book down. I found myself cheering for poor Mireille, and then wanting to turn away, like Judith, at the dirt, sin, bawdiness, and ignorance that she finds among the homeless, followed by surprise at their kindness, generosity, closeness, and self giving.
Pope John XXIII. "We tend to make saints larger than life, more like figures in a movie or novel than like your neighbors down the street. Saintliness actually results from learning the art of self-giving love. It flows from dying to self, from laughing at one's own foibles and humbly enduring the foibles of others. Saints aren't so much superstars of holiness as humble sinners, ready to allow God to love them just as they are."
Glad to have read this book. I think it is a winner. Thank you, Judith.
Top reviews from other countries
It follows Michelle's street life and the lives of her homeless friends, and sets this against the context of the author's own working life and family, during this period.
The story of Judith's efforts to get to know Michelle and to help her, engages you and keeps you reading to find out how all this will turn out as she encounters difficulties and risks that would defeat almost anyone.
However it's a heart-warming story of good people, even if some of them live their lives covered in street grime.
It should be required reading for anyone intending to follow a career in social work / dealing with alcoholism.
I commend Judith Glynn for befriending Michelle, who was so desperately in need of help and love. An acknowledgement, a friendly smile, perhaps a coffee and a sandwich are very much appreciated by the homeless and hungry. A small gesture, but one that may prevent a suicide. We are all the same, we seek happiness and an end to suffering.