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Overview What is it like to be a young child living on the streets? Come and see. But be forewarned: This inside look at the grim reality of a street child's life may change your outlook on life. In major cities all over the world, children of the street are considered a nuisance bad for business bad for tourism. Now, you will meet these children up close as human beings. This is the true story of Catalin [Kuh-tuh-leen], who ran away at age eight to escape abuse at home. Within a short time, he had mastered the art of living on the streets. The Bucharest train station became his home; a pile of crumpled papers his bed. His food often came from trash bins; his comfort from lacquer fumes in a plastic bag. Eventually, he despaired: Life had had no meaning for me, and I had no hope it ever would. But one cold winter's day, Catalin met a man who changed everything. In this gripping narrative, told by Catalin himself, you will hear the innermost thoughts and feel the soul of a street child as no one ever has. Prepare to have your heart stirred.
Publishers Description What is it like to be a young child living on the streets?Come and see. But be forewarned: This inside look at the grim reality of a street child's life may change your outlook on life.In major cities all over the world, children of the street are considered a nuisance...bad for business...bad for tourism. Now, you will meet these children up close...as human beings. This is the true story of Catalin Kuh-tuh-leen], who ran away at age eight to escape abuse at home. Within a short time, he had mastered the art of living on the streets. The Bucharest train station became his home; a pile of crumpled papers his bed. His food often came from trash bins; his comfort from lacquer fumes in a plastic bag. Eventually, he despaired: "Life had had no meaning for me, and I had no hope it ever would." But one cold winter's day, Catalin met a man who changed everything.In this gripping narrative, told by Catalin himself, you will hear the innermost thoughts and feel the soul of a street child as no one ever has. Prepare to have your heart stirred. About the author: Catalin Dobrisan is the first Romanian street child to ever write of his trek out of despair. He is now an honor student and serves as administrator for the children's home that rescued him. He says, "I was nothing, but now I have value; I was lost, but now I am on a path going somewhere."Catalin wrote the manuscript; John translated it and added commentary giving unusual insights into Romanian history, life and customs.
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Studio: Creation House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Nov 18, 2002
Publisher Creation House
ISBN 088419941X ISBN13 9780884199410
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More About Catalin Dobrisan & John Kachelman
John Kachelmyer, now in his seventies, has worked with children in peril in Japan, New Mexico and Honduras. For the past ten years, he and his wife, Deanna, have run a Christian home for the street children of Bucharest, Romania. John recorded and translated Catalin's story. He travels often in the U.S. and is available for media interviews.
Reviews - What do customers think about Odyssey Of A Romanian Street Child?
An eye opener! Jan 9, 2008
I got involved working with older orphans in Romania back in 2000. I came across this wonderful book in 2004, and it helped me greatly. I agree with the other reviews. All of the described behavior in the book is dead-on. And I was very pleased that the author included a "warning section", if you will. I thought I was the only person who dealt with cunning, manipulating, and con-artist orphans. Well that "warning" part of the book wasn't only talking about orphans, but the orphan part is pretty much what I experienced. This book changed the way I interacted with adult orphans. Sometimes you don't want to believe the truth because it hurts. But this book opened my eyes to the point that I can look through the fog of emotion and see the truth.
A gift of a life: Odyssey of a Romanian Street Child Apr 24, 2005
I don't think I could ever be too thankful to Mr Dobrisan and Mr Kachelmyer. Sounds too good for a critic? I must start by saying that this book was given to me as a present by Mr Kachelmyer himself and sent by post to his expense. So yes I could be a little biased.
A street child tells his life.
This is the story of a Why? Why he became a street child, why he lived as a street child and why he could be rescued. This question haunts this book in two dimensions: a road of self discovery and a message for us. In both dimensions the book fails, but not utterly; the writer being sincere is humble enough to accept that our wisdom on human nature is limited yet it wonderfully succedes at giving us hints. Sometimes, on a first thought, I came to think that Catalin, our hero, sounded like a TV preacher but then I relized that there are many ways to do Theology. One is the theoretical approach done in a desk and the witnessing of the vital experience of a loving God who comes to meet us. Catalin lacks in the former, repeating coined words and expressions but, in the name of Jesus, how vibrant, how refreshed how resurrected they are in his lips. If only, or better, when, Catalin will be able to find out his own words, to develop his own theology and anthropology. I pray God will give him that grace.
This is also the story of a How? To be honest, before reading this book I was much more interested in this aspect than in the "Why?". Here the book works quite well. Certainly it is not Shakespeare, just plain English yet if effectively shares his life with us. I only have a desiderata if a second edition were to be made: a "24 hours in the life of a street child" How a typical day, week and year of a street child is. Please keep the plain style, it adds to honesty.
This is *not* all folks!
What's God for a street child? It seems to me that very few has been written on this subject. Mr Kachelmyer's work is not based on the method of phenomenology (sorry for the periphrasis, my limited English is showing) but an experiential account of his findings and reflections. Is it good or bad? No idea, sorry. I have no experience to compare to his. Yet I can tell you this, everything Mr Kachelmyer says smells to Gospel and Psalms, to proverbs and wisdoms.
And yet there is more.
The last two chapter of this book are the condensed wisdom of a man who wants to share it with future workers with street children. That he gave them free to me, a mere wanna be, tells a lot about his character...
Last but not least a short quote
"I told Alex that he had not exactly handled the situation with his biological father as the Bible recommends, but that if he had any trouble with the Lord over it, I would stand with him on the Day of Judgment,"
to which I add, count me in for the defendant party :)
Context: When Alex (another child) asked his parent why he had abandoned him, his parent smacked him to which Alex replied in kind.
Buy this book? Next Question! :)
This book is written by a Christian who is not ashamed of it in a little bit, if that's a problem for you, don't buy this book :)
worth every leu Feb 17, 2004
I just got this book as a gift not three days ago. I read it in a single afternoon. I have to warn you that this is not an easy read. The writing is very simple and easy to understand, but the story is a difficult one to swallow. It is a frank account of the lifestyle of street children, and it is not pretty. I have seen these street kids in cities all over Romania. They are haunting images of neglect. Do not read this book of you are not prepared to have your heart broken.
Interesting and Informative Book May 26, 2003
I have been to Romania and know something about the plight of the Romanian street children. This book's "been there, done that" account of living on the street was very interesting. It helped fill in the gaps in my understanding of the problem. It clearly explains why the street children exist, about their awful living conditions, about successes and failures working with street children, and more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about Romanian street children.