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Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 7.88 X 5.13 (inches)|
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First place winner for "Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith" from the Catholic Press Association!
Thrift Store Saints is a collection of true stories based on Jane Knuths experiences serving the poor 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.
Knuths 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 Gods grace.
Thrift Store Saints makes clear that it doesnt 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. Knuths moving stories demonstrate the profound joy any of us can experience when we see serving the poor not as social work, but as a spiritual path that leads us to the heart of Jesus.
--Review for Religious
--Ray Dupont, National Saint Vincent de Paul Stores Committee Chairperson
BruceKalamazooAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Discover truth nearby - and our Lord too.June 9, 2011BruceKalamazooAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5I read this little book by myself, then out loud to a few others. I found it powerful both ways. It captures the essence of truths heard in a gentle yet powerful way. The waitress' comments about Jesus on the cross asking his Father to forgive those who were crushing him alone is worth opening the book.
I live in Kalamazoo, though I've never met the author or been to the St. Vincent dePaul store. I can affirm that the portrait of Kalamazoo and its people is authentic and accurate.