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1. Clinical psychologist J. Kirk Felsman of the Dartmouth Medical School analyzed a study of 456 Boston boys. In the study, a boy named Bill was asked why, unlike many other boys in his neighborhood, he did not steal. Bill said, "I don’t have to steal. I can earn what I need." At age nine, he worked after school delivering newspapers and shining shoes. Some of the money he earns is his spending money; the rest goes to his mother. Bill’s jobs give him something money can’t buy: a sense of his own power to deal with his life-and a feeling of responsibility. In a dark and crowded walk-up, with the children sleeping four in a bed, Bill and his family shared "a sense of being a family unit, a strong "we" feeling." (Stories for Preachers)

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