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Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home (Focus on the Family Books) [Kindle Edition]

R. B. Mitchell
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Book 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.

Editorial Reviews

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. (June)
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Would he ever be wanted? Would he ever be loved?
Abandoned by his parents when he was just three years old, Rob Mitchell began his journey as one of the last “lifers” in an American orphanage. As Rob’s loneliness and rage grew, his hope shrank. Would he ever find a real family or a place to call home? Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately triumphant, this true story shows how, with faith, every person can leave the past behind and forge healthier, happier relationships.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (January 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hope for the wounded of heart June 9, 2007
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Once beginning to read this book, I could not put it down. The author shares his deep pain and rejection at multiple times in his young life in a powerful and poignant manner, yet within the context of ultimate resolution to fulfillment and joy in his life throught the power of forgiveness. He paints a picture as though in living color of the difficulty in arriving at that position, but the power of the process of doing so to release one from the bondage of woundedness. This is one of the most compelling and inspiring books I have been privileged to read. I intend to order copies to be able to give to hurting individuals who have suffered the pain of rejection. A blessing to anyone who can appreciate a Godly perspective on life.

A pediatrician in private practice
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The plain truth, simple, direct, and deep. June 21, 2007
Mitchell's life story is written in a way that draws you in and makes you want to go ahead and read the next chapter each time you finish one. Yet
it does not feel as if it is embroidered one bit. He simply tells you the
plain truth of what happened in his life in a very direct way. We are allowed time to linger with the feelings he experienced, the good and the bad, but mostly the mixed and confused. We feel the bewilderment that he
felt as he tried to understand things that just did not make sense. The story is unbelievable at times, although we don't doubt for a second that it indeed happened just as written. Many who have felt pain in their formative years will relate very well to this story, even if it was not the same kind of pain. Mitchell then takes us through his spiritual evolution, once again, in a very straightforward way. There is nothing sappy about it. He finds the only kind of faith that will help a troubled
adolescent. The real kind. In a few very short and simple episodes he asks the biggest questions that can be asked, and finds the kind of answers that an angry kid, (or angry adult), can sink his teeth into.
Ultimately the author finds reconciliation and peace, and the reader will too.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner May 19, 2007
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This true story reads like a fast-paced novel. Little Robby not only grabs your heart on page one he continues to tug on it as you wallk with him through abandonment,loneliness, confusion, dashed hopes, and betrayal. These universal emotions have been felt at one time or another by all, regardless of childhood background, so we truly cheer when Rob finally finds what he has been searching for. Good book for vacation reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable June 11, 2007
This is a compelling true story of abandonment, anger, forgiveness and hope. Although it is hard to read what really happened you know that it did and the author overcame all odds through his relationship with God.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readers will be inspired July 5, 2007
By K. Hood
When I opened this book I already knew part of the story - that Rob Mitchell had grown up in an orphanage. He was a classmate and good friend of mine at Guilford College. The questions I had harbored about his tragic past (never asked out of respect for him) were answered, and that was satisfying. But there was also an unexpected gift I found in reading Castaway Kid. Rob shows the reader how, through a deep and life-changing understanding that we are all God's precious children, to truly forgive those who have hurt us immeasurably.

His life has indeed been a successful struggle towards hope and belonging. I commend this book to anyone looking to be inspired by a real life story of overcoming wretchedness through letting go in love and faith, and thus being free to move forward.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars encouragement for all of us August 6, 2007
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This is a real page turner. I finished it in a weekend and my wife stayed up half the night finishing it. She said "I couldn't put it down".

I saw myself in so many of Rob's struggles as a youth and a young man. My situation was far more normal than his and yet the challenges for self acceptance and the stuggle to do the right thing were the same.

I highly recomend this to both young and not so young who want to be encouraged. God is clearly in control in Rob's life (and mine) in spite of circumstances.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspriational look at life July 15, 2007
Once I started the book I had to read it through. It really was a tear jerker as you read about the trials that Rob had to overcome. It has helped me reexamine my life and relationship with God. To see that Rob has been able to overcome long odds has helped me see through the troubles in my life. This book is a must read for anyone searching for answers about what God has in store for their life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
R. B. Mitchell gives extensive documentation, both in his book and on line, of the truthfulness of this almost unbelieveable story of how a young boy, abandoned by his wealthy family, overcomes bitterness and anger. Growing up in an orphanage from age three until he "aged out," Mitchell never had the security of a loving family and for years did not understand the reasons for his abandonment, as specious as they turned out to be. Only after an encounter with Jesus Christ did Mitchell have the power to move from his paralyzing anger and sense of worthlessness to a life pleasing to God; one in which his life has been transformed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a mix of sad events placed in a young boy's life and how ...
It's a mix of sad events placed in a young boy's life and how his fortitude and perseverance led him to forgiveness, giving him the gift and skills for wholeness in his adult life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas A. Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirating
I would recommend this book to any one seeking to understand troubled kids. I liked how the author did not hide his wrong choices from the reader. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miguel A. Pabon Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing hope return
I cried, stared into space, as I wonder how many kids hope everyday. Not only we as Christians share the gospel message but God expects us to share our arms too. Great inspiration.
Published 2 months ago by No Time
5.0 out of 5 stars I find after reading a book like this that my wounds of being rejected...
At 47 just when I think I have healed as much as I can, I find after reading a book like this that my wounds of being rejected and orphaned go deeper then I ever thought. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shannon Isaacson
5.0 out of 5 stars Epitome of Hope
Rob' s life reminds me of the life of Joseph, in the Bible. God used his life as not only an example of hope, but also trust and faith. Read more
Published 2 months ago by .A.D.Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
I found this book to be very inspirational and it gives you a lot to think about if you through you had it hard.
Published 2 months ago by Martha Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very touching story
Published 2 months ago by Vicki T.Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Save a kid
Wonderful story of redemption.
Published 2 months ago by M. England
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
Having been married to someone who was orphaned at a tender age, this book shed much light on the struggles my spouse has had over the years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ri Triplett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book ... didn't want to stop reading! Very inspiring and heartwarming.
Published 3 months ago by Gailya W.
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More About the Author

R. B. Mitchell is a financial consultant, trust specialist, and vice president of investments for a major national brokerage firm. In May of 2002, he was recognized by the leading magazine of his industry as one of America's top-ten financial consultants. Married faithfully since 1980, he and his wife, Susan, have two great kids: Luke, 20, and Alicia, 23, plus her neat husband, Chad. Rob has been active in working with youth from all walks of life since 1975, Christian Business Men's Committee since 1985, and French-African immigrant assistance since 1999. He is also active in church and in his children's lives, and his favorite sports include weight lifting, basketball, and white-water rafting. With a heart for the forgotten and unloved children of the world, Rob Mitchell is what Paul Harvey would definitely have called ". . . the rest of the story."


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