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Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home [Paperback]

By R. B. Mitchell (Author)
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Item description for Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home by R. B. Mitchell...

Mitchell is one of the last lifers raised in an American orphanage. Left by a dysfunctional family in an Illinois childrens home, he grew up with kids who were not friends but rather co-survivors. After becoming a Christian as a teenager, Mitchell found what he was looking for--home and family--in a relationship with God. (Motivation)

Publishers Description
Rob Mitchell is one of the last "lifers" raised in an American orphanage. Left by a dysfunctional family in an Illinois children's home, he grew up with kids who were not friends but rather "co-survivors." After becoming a Christian as a teenager, Rob found what he was looking for, home and family, in a relationship with God. Rob was able to overcome his past, forgiving his relatives and forging healthy family relationships of his own.

From Publishers Weekly
Mitchell is a respected financial consultant and a dedicated youth advocate, but what's not well known is that he had a tumultuous childhood. His memoir reveals his life in an orphanage after his mother abandoned him at age 3, as well as his struggle to find love and acceptance and learn to trust. Mitchell knew his mentally ill mother, who once kidnapped him from the orphanage, but had no real memories of his father, who attempted suicide but ended up brain damaged. His maternal grandmother was the boy's anchor, but she couldn't raise him, which only added to his confusion. He teetered on the edge of disaster as he matured, but at age 17 he prayed, "Jesus, if You are real, come into my nightmare. Forgive me of my sins and change me." Mitchell's story is inspiring both for its spiritual dimension and its conventional Horatio Alger narrative. The facts of his case are also verifiably true, which Mitchell and the publisher take pains to ensure in part through the Web site, which offers .pdf versions of documents from Mitchell's past. His memoir will appeal to adults with difficult pasts, those who work with troubled kids and anyone who revels in seeing God change a life. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home by R. B. Mitchell has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 06/01/2007 page 66
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/09/2007 page 48
  • Christian Retailing - 06/11/2007 page 24

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1589974344  
ISBN13  9781589974340  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Abandoned at age 3, little Robby was stuffed in an orphanage where he lived the next 14 years. At the age of 17, he was offered a one-way bus ticket to wherever he wanted to go and wished 'Good Luck, Kid.' In sales since 1978, Rob has built a successful sales business that earned him the 2002 recognition as one of America's top Investment Consultants. Rob is a dynamic speaker who speaks from the heart with experience offering practical solutions that touch and encourage appreciative audiences. Currently, Rob is a Senior Vice President of Investments for a major national brokerage firm. Rob and his team oversee more than $200 million in individual and corporate assets. Rob and his wife, Susan, have two children.

R. B. Mitchell was born in 1954.

Spanish Language Biography: Abandonado a los tres anos, el pequeno Robby fue entregado en un orfanato donde vivio durante los proximos 14 anos. A los 17 anos, le ofrecieron un boleto de autobus de una sola via para que se fuera donde quisiera y le desearon 'buena suerte muchacho'. Trabajando en ventas desde 1978, Rob construyo un negocio exitoso, recibiendo el reconocimiento como uno de los mejores asesores de inversiones en America en el 2002. Rob es un conferenciante dinamico que habla con el corazon, ofreciendo soluciones practicas que tocan y alientan a su agradecida audiencia. En la actualidad, Rob es vice presidente de inversiones para una de las mas grandes empresas de primas nacionales. Rob y su equipo supervisan mas de $200 millones en activos de empresas y particulares. Rob y su esposa, Susan, tienen dos hijos.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Castaway Kid?

So touching  Dec 2, 2008
I found this book very inspirational. What a touching story. What a great example of forgiveness.
Tonya and Tom Loved Castaway Kid  Sep 26, 2008
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This book is amazing. I work in a school with much racial, religious, financial and ethnic diversity. This book was the center of our summer reading program. Rob's life was such a great example for our children who face discrimination that they too can be successful regardless of what others say to them. In addition, my husband and I found things in the book we could relate to as well. My favorite part was Rob's argument with God.

It doesn't matter who you are or how you were raised, you will relate to some part of Rob's life. This is a book you will love and one you will want to share with everyone you know!!
Something we ALL can relate to  Sep 25, 2008
We were fortunate to have Mr. Mitchell visit our school after all of our students had read Castaway Kid as their summer reading assignment. His connection with our community was immediate and deep. All of us can relate to feeling abandoned at some point in our life. And in walks this gentle man who has every reason in the world to be hard and bitter. If God can give Rob Mitchell the courage to forgive, that same courage is certainly available to me!
Great all school book  Sep 19, 2008
We chose Castaway Kid as a book for our whole school (private 6-12 independent school) summer reading book. Our librarian and her committee chose it from a long list of possibiities. We were not disappointed in the choice. The students and adults found it a powerful and positive read. The Castaway Kid is not an easy story but students identifed with it in powerful and significant ways. Even if they were not orphaned, all could relate to the feelings of abandonment and isolation that seems part of growing up. We were doubly blessed because we convinced Mr. Mitchell to come to campus and speak at our academic convocation and parents' night. He is a wonderful speaker and it greatly enriched our community's experience. The whole community gave Mr. Mitchell and his story two thumbs up--way up!
Sue's Review of Castaway Kids  Jul 17, 2008
Many adults have suffered great hardships in their childhood, even being sent away. This now successful man had a horrible beginning. One can feel the isolation he felt when he was "dumped" off at the age of 3.
A good book to restore your belief that you can make your life different.

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