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A Gift of Hope

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  850 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Darlene
Author Danielle steel tragically lost her son to suicide.. after many years of battling bipolar disorder. Having lost her son and trying to deal with her broken marriage , she found herself in a very desperate and low place in her life. She spent a great deal of time sitting in the quiet of a church... lighting candles and asking God for help. The answer she felt she received was not the one she was looking for or one that she felt that she wanted .. she felt she was to go out into her city of S ...more
Julia Batt
I have no idea what the point of this book was.

It was well written, hence being awarded 2 stars but I have nothing else positive to say for it - possibly because I just don't understand what the point of the book was.

For 11 years Danielle Steel helped the homeless going out on night visits with friends and colleagues to hand out goods she had personally paid for.

This finished over 2 years prior to the book being written. There is constant mention of the fact that the author wanted no praise of
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Karen
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Sheila Van Dyke
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...wish there were a way for her ministry to carry on. A definite must read.
Janice
I do not read Danielle Steel's usual genre, but in this memoir she recounts her 11 years of working with the small team of people she assembled to help hand out much needed coats, gloves, socks, shoes, and sleeping bags to the homeless people she found on the streets of San Francisco. Ms Steel kept this mission of hers quiet for many years; after the suicide of her mentally ill son, she asked for guidance in what she could do to help herself find healing. The answer she received was not what she ...more
John Kaufmann
A great little book. Ms. Steele relates some poignant experiences in her eleven years of assisting the homeless in San Francisco. I was touched, indeed almost brought to tears at one or two points in the book. You couldn't read this book and not come away with a much deeper and more humane appreciation for the plight of the homeless in America. This book can easily be read in one sitting.
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
A Gift of Hope is just one story out of Danielle Steel’s life. In A Gift of Hope, author Steel shares with us the ten years she spent helping the homeless. I really appreciated how author Steel, in her kind and thoughtful way, introduced readers to the good, the bad, and the ugliness of homelessness. I had the opportunity to work with the homeless and was fortunate in having taken a workshop about understanding homelessness. The workshop enabled me to understand and relate to the ups and downs e ...more
Booksdingle
An interesting account of helping the homeless - a bit repetative in places but touching
John
Based on the reaction I got from my wife when picking up this book, I gather that I am not in Danielle Steel’s normal reader demographic. But, then again, I also recognize that this is not the typical Danielle Steel book.

In A Gift of Hope Danielle Steel writes autobiographically about the aftermath of her teenage son Nick’s death, and how from that dark period of her life she felt compelled to start helping the homeless within her city, San Francisco. This activity started as a rather spontaneou
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Janet Noonan


I have never read anything by Danielle Steel and came across this book by chance. I should say by Providence because all things are part of Gods will whether direct or indirect. While this was not a page turning novel it was something I hated to put down and if this book serves no other purpose in my life than to remind me of the dignity of each person and that there but for the grace God go I. Then it has been worthwhile.
Jenna
I enjoyed the premise of this book but it was due back to the library before I finished it and I didn't bother to renew it. Found it rather repetitive- there was even a couple times I had to make sure I hadn't bookmarked wrong since there was some wording that I swear was an exact repeat but only a chapter later. Could have been written much better..
Kimberly
I will say upfront that I am not a fan of Danielle Steele. That said I wanted to hear about her experience working with the homeless and was hoping for some insight into how to best approach helping or at least gain a better understanding of how one ends up, survives or just gets by on the streets.

This book was no help on any of my wishes. A poorly written account of how she donated 11 years and a significant amount of money on care packages to the homeless. No, I did not need to know how many
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Aly Stratton
Haven't been a Danielle Steel fan for years. Read "His Bright Light" and loved it. very informative about Bi-polar disorder. Her son's death was the event that lead to her surprising passion for helping the homeless. This was a real accounting of a person's passion to help. My favorite of Steel's writings
Christina Kay
A moving book about the author's experiences working with the homeless, the writing leaves something to be desired and the premise is a paternalistic, disempowering one which portrays "the homeless" as overwhelmingly mentally ill people who are unable to help themselves. Some quotes from the book: "They are lost out there on their own." "Like drowning people, they can't save themselves." While it's clear that she writes from her heart, I feel that she has missed the mark by expounding upon thing ...more
Karen


Not sure what she hoped to achieve with this story. She said she didn't want anyone to know what she was doing for the homeless but I felt that all she was saying. While what she did was very commendable, I did not get the point of it. Also very repetitive.
Silver Ivy
"Yo!" Hats off 2 the all the "bullfighters" out there 4 doing sth so amazing without any greed 4 rewards or any sort of paybacks!
Very brave & an overwhelmingly personal insight.
I never understoot y alot of ppl r scared of the unfortunate being so unfortunate. I mean i smtimz giv thm alittle money only because i cnt stand the sight of ppl starving or having no home to go to at the end of the day. So ppl plz try ur best to help the unfornate or atleast stay out of their way n dnt crush their t
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fatima-zahra
I have lot heard of this novelist as she is a goodteller , but I don't know why I don't like his book any more I feel like I read the same thing all my reading in differnt ways , no story no even suspension what the hell am I just reading?


baah qu'est ce que je vais dire !! :p cette critique que vous voyez au-dessus je l'ai écrit avant que je le termine , après la fermeture du roman j'avoue que ce que je n'ai pas aimé dans le bouquin le genre c'est documentaire ou on peut dire société .. en bref
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Cyndie
Apr 29, 2015 Cyndie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cyndie by: Laura Courtney
Shelves: non-fiction
Initially I was very excited because homlessness and poverty are issues I care deeply about and agree with her that they are not "sexy" topics to be invested in. Unfortunately I'm not sure the author met her goal. Instead of encouraging others to step up and make a difference and telling them practically how they could do so, she spends most of the book describing how dangerous it is to help the homeless, and kind of demeaning people who help who she considered the "easy" homeless to help. I thi ...more
Deb
I read this book the day after participating with Project Homeless as an ambassador--September 11, 2014...911! The event was held in a large building, centrally located in the city. Homeless and needy people are told about the event, or are picked up by buses. The goal is to have all the agencies under one roof, and accessible for the truly needy in our county. Ambassador is just a snappy title for a volunteer who matches the needs with the agencies in the facility. As an ambassador, I conducted ...more
Lynn
I've been reading Danielle Steel's fiction for years, but her two non-fiction books (this one and His Bright Light about her late son Nick) are so powerful!

In A Gift of Hope, Danielle tells us about the 11 years that she spent on the streets of San Francisco, supplying (at first) warm coats, sleeping bags, and hats and gloves to the homeless at the rate of 100 or more per outing. Later, she added basic hygiene items, non-perishable food items, and teddy bears to the mix. By her own admission, sh
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Mj
I particularly enjoy memoirs and non-fiction books that deal with relevant social issues. I also think Danielle Steel writes a good story. A Gift for Hope: Helping the Homeless is Steel’s memoir of 11 years of volunteering anonymously on the streets in support of the homeless. It seemed like the perfect holiday choice to read during a time of year when “giving” and “sharing” is what it’s all about.

Perhaps my expectations were too high but I ended up being disappointed. I think the book was suffe
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Barb
Jan 09, 2013 Barb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Wow!! This book is absolutely amazing. That being said, it is not an easy book to read. Steel manages to make you feel slightly uncomfortable sitting in your nice, warm living room with your comfy slippers, flat screen TV, and a latte from Starbucks.

I always associate the name Danielle Steel with fluffy romance stories. This book is not fiction. It is a true story about how, after the suicide of her son, she was praying at church and it came to her to help the homeless. She felt as if God had sp
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Nada
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com...

A Gift of Hope sounds like it would be the title of a Danielle Steel novel. Her books are often about characters in difficult situations finding hope and finding a future. This book, however, is not a novel. It is about real people in extremely difficult situations who don't always find a way to the future. This book is nonfiction, and it is about the homeless.

A Gift of Hope is about the "Yo! Angel" homeless outreach team
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Patricia Shull
This is truly an inspiration book. It is about the real life story of author Danielle Steel and how she got involved working the streets bringing a little joy and help to the homeless after the death of her son, Nick. Danielle was in church praying and was trying to decide what direction her life was headed in while mourning her loss. She decided she was going to start one night of just passing out sleeping bags with one of her assistants. She thought she was going to do it just the once but she ...more
Marci Moore
This short read covers Danielle Steel’s personal volunteer journey in directly assisting the homeless in San Francisco. The author describes her initial calling and the evolution from one inspired night of action to a multi-year highly coordinated effort by her and the small dedicated team she enlisted to positively impact the lives of chronically homeless individuals. She shares the risks, hard-won lessons and rewards that inspired her to continue the evening runs. While she credits cities and ...more
Solana
I have to admit I have only read a few of Danielle Steel's books. My sister reads all of them, so quite often I am aware of some of her stories. I usually prefer books considered Spiritual. But this book does fit that genre.

This book hits close to my heart because, as Daniel Steel does in her book, I became very involved with working with the homeless. Only she worked in San Francisco and I worked mostly in Marin County, California, one of the most affluent counties in the U.S. It is amazing
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Dennis
I have two conflicting emotions about this book, perhaps because I work professionally helping people who are experiencing homelessness. One is a mix of admiration and thanks. I love people who enact their compassion. Ms. Steele's work and that of her friends is commendable. Human connection is wonderful and more people should make the leap from faith into action.
The other emotion is that, although the book's stated purpose is to give voice to people living on the streets, only a couple of chap
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Donna Vesel ryan
This book was totally different from any of her others as it is a true story about her experience bringing supplies to the homeless for eleven years. I think it was a very brave experience as from time to time she and her volunteers found themselves on a few dark and dangerous streets and alleys. I think it was a kind thing to do and it did give so many people hope. I do think the story was a bit repetitive however it was an easy read and it was inspirational. It was nice reminder to each of us ...more
Barb
I'm not a fan of Danielle Steel's books but when I read that she had been quietly going out on the streets of San Francisco to help the homeless with coats, sleeping bags, etc. with her own money for 12 years while she was a single mother of 9, I wanted to read about it. Sad that her project started as therapy after her teenage bipolar son committed suicide. The book isn't great but her project indeed was!
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“Et alors que je les regardais faire, que je rencontrais leurs regards, que je touchais leurs mains, j’ai cessé d’avoir peur pour ne plus ressentir qu’une profonde humilité face à leur chaleur et à leur humanité. J’eus soudain honte de la mauvaise opinion que j’avais eue d’eux des années durant. Ce fut un des moments les plus marquants de ma vie
…….Ils ne savaient pas d’où nous venions ni pourquoi. Ils n’avaient pas à nous remercier, bien que tous l’aient fait, sans exception. Simplement, l’espace d’un instant, un instant inoubliable, ils savaient avec certitude que quelqu’un comme tombé du ciel se souciait d’eux et était là pour les aider, telle une réponse à leurs prières. Cela leur permettait de croire que la vie pourrait de nouveau leur sourire un jour. Car l’espoir, plus encore que l’amour, est le plus beau cadeau que nous puissions nous offrir les uns les autres.”
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