- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Loyola Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0829433015
- ISBN-13: 978-0829433012
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
A thrift store in inner-city Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Exactly the place where you’d expect to meet Jesus, right?
Jane Knuth’s middle-class, suburban, church-going background had not prepared her well to serve as a volunteer at an inner-city thrift store. Reluctantly, she decided to give it a try.
Thrift Store Saints is a collection of true stories based on Jane’s unexpected, soul-stirring experiences at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Rather than viewing society’s poor as problems to be solved, Jane begins to see them, one at a time, in a completely different light—as saints who can lead us straight to the heart of Christ.
Jane’s transformation is rooted in the prevailing message of the book: When we serve the poor, they end up giving us much more than we could ever give them. Each chapter introduces readers to new “saints,” as Jane thoughtfully, at times humorously, describes how her frequent encounters with the poorest people were really opportunities to meet Jesus—25¢ at a time.
Jane Knuth has been volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the last 15 years. She is also an eighth-grade math teacher. Jane and her husband, Dean, live in Portage, Michigan. This is Jane’s first book.
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The refreshing thing about Ms. Knuth's point of view is that she doesn't consider herself to be serving the poor, or teaching the poor, or in any way condescending to a class of people not her own. She has wholeheartedly assumed the Society's position that the people she helps are her teachers, and she their student. That simple, yet profound, shift in thinking informs Ms. Knuth's every interaction. It produces a curiosity and humility that makes her storytelling so very touching.
Yet, there was a learning curve for Ms. Knuth. In her first encounter at the shop -- as a customer -- she brings an attitude with her. When she takes her item to the counter and whips out a credit card, the white-haired elderly woman behind the counter tells her they don't take credit cards. Ms. Knuth bristles. "Look," I tell her. "This is the third time I've driven downtown. Your hours are lousy... Now you're telling me you won't take credit cards? This is ridiculous." The woman gently tells her that most of their customers don't have credit cards. And so begins Ms. Knuth's education.
This is a lovely book filled with valuable spiritual lessons that can only be learned by a person like Ms. Knuth, who is willing to leave the comfort of a completely known and utterly safe life. It'll make you want to leave your recliner and sign up to volunteer!
In an often humorous manner that has great depth of compassion the author lets the reader see clearly how the generosity of volunteering results not only in helping those in need but also brings growth in the spiritual life for the helper.
I found the stories edifying and moving in such a manner that my own prayer life has been strengthened. It was also so good to know that programs in my own area of enlisting student service are a practice that is widespread.
The book reads like a conversation; the pages fairly turned themselves.
Having spoken to some who have read the book and found it "a delightful little book", I think I have found it to be much
more potent than "delightful". "The poor you will have with you always" and we are obliged to be of service to them. Jane
brings this out powerfully as she writes about going out to and being present to those in need.
I highly recommend this book.