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A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home [Kindle Edition]

Steve Pemberton
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Book Description

“Pemberton’s beautifully told story is a rags to richesjourney—beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that couldhave destroyed his life. But Steve’s refusal to give in to those forces, andhis resolve to create a better life, shows a courage and resilience that is anexample for many of us to follow.” —Stedman Graham, Author, Educator

Home is the place where our life stories begin. It is wherewe are understood, embraced, and accepted. It is a sanctuary of safety andsecurity, a place to which we can always return. Down in the dank basement,amid my moldy, hoarded food and worm-eaten books, I dreamed that my real home,the place where my story had begun, was out there somewhere, and one day I wasgoing to find it.

Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives aterrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family andsubjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of booksgiven to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he canonly imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a differentlife—that one day he will find his true home. A fair-complexioned boy with blueeyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel themystery of his origins and find his birth family. Armed with just a singleclue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to learnthat nothing is as it appears. A Chancein the World is the unbelievably true story of a wounded and broken boydestined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Through itall, Steve’s story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter howgreat our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to builda place where love awaits.

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About the Author

Steve Pemberton is Divisional Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens, the first person to hold that responsibility in the company’s 110-year history. A graduate of Boston College and tireless advocate for equality, access, and opportunity, Steve has enjoyed a successful career as a businessman, entrepreneur, and educator. He and his wife, Tonya, are the proud parents of three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ENBAN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful work--well worth reading December 23, 2011
By Alec
I found this book to be truly wonderful. Steve Pemberton's personal narrative is many things at once: a story of hardship and triumph, sorrow and hope, tragedy and deliverance. However, the use of these familiar terms does not do full justice to the book's main thrust. At a deeper level, this autobiographical montage offers a compelling message that victory over seemingly insurmountable suffering can emerge when one holds fast to an existential goodness by reaching within. To be sure, Pemberton's path as a child and adolescent was riddled with recurrent pain and disappointment--this portion is a heart-wrenching read, to say the least. Indeed, the story becomes all the more potent by its authenticity and brutal honesty. In the end, what emerges is not only victory but also an enduring passion and gratitude for the things in life that mean the most. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis: "The pain then is part of the happiness now." Overall, this is a deeply inspiring and empowering portrait with far-reaching life lessons.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!! January 7, 2012
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Reading Steve Pemberton's story will change your outlook on life. The odds were stacked against him from the beginning. Somehow Steve had the intestinal fortitude to forge ahead through life to create the family that he always dreamed of. All of my family and friends have read this incredible story within 2-3 days of receiving the book. You won't be able to put this book down because the story is so compelling AND well written. You will realize that you don't have real problems and you will gain a new perspective on life. Please buy it, read it and recommend it to your family and friends. Or buy it for them.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A search for an identity, facing up to challenges January 13, 2012
As soon as you open the book, you realize an amazing struggle against overwhelming odds. The imprint that is made on Steve's life is unimaginable. The inner strength that guides the author through this harrowing childhood journey, as he faces uncertainty, evil, and challenge at every corner and is pulled along as if in a mystery novel is a rare combination of character, perseverance, and drive. Critically, the book pulls the reader chronologically, slowly, through the epic struggles of a child with an open mind as he selects life decisions that have severe consequences. The identity that he seeks is just beyond his grasp until he realizes that he has the willpower and courage to define his own identity. Despite tendencies to be pulled into an even darker existence, Steve is able to fixate on kind traits, unexpected support, and the power of the written word as he turns to his books for salvation. This book is a powerful story that will move you to understand and feel the power of freedom and the torment of bondage. The revelations arrive one by one as Steve discovers his past, and through this can define his future. An exceptionally written text that will keep you glued to discover retribution of past misdeeds, miraculous surprises, and true valor. You'll be rooting for him all the way through!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully heartwarming story about resilience January 18, 2012
By Amy
I am so thankful to have read this story. Once I started I couldn't put it down. I think that the author, Steve Pemberton, is an excellent example of resilience and courage. This story shows how the very smallest of gestures whether they be our words or deeds can make such a huge difference in the life of a child. Our words can do so much good, yet also so much damage. He is a wonderful example of a man who didn't let his childhood be his reason to fail, but yet his reason to succeed. I am so thankful that he made it through and that he didn't let his past or the people in his past destroy him. I would hope that every foster parent, every social worker and every child that has ever been in care would read this. And for all those that have no idea what children are going through in our country I would hope they would read this. I am very thankful and blessed to have read this book and I am thankful that he has decided to share such a touching story... which is his life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Emotional January 2, 2012
By Don
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An inspiring and emotional story of triumph and resilience. Steve will help you to understand that "we are not measured by what happens to us but how we respond to it". A must read for the entire family.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming all odds- A great read and teaching tool! December 27, 2011
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Steve Pemberton bares and shares in this story of his childhood and the systems that failed him. He is a staunch advocate for equality, finding one's path and hope in the world.

The book will offer hope and a kindred heart to youth in care. It will be a great tool for professionals who work with youth in care to share as an example of overcoming obstacles and telling one's story to move onward and upward on the journey.

Take a few days to read the book.
If you have adolescents, have them read the book- it is a look into the world of foster care and youth who don't have support systems in place.
It is real and uplifting!
There is so much that we can all do when we pull together to touch lives of others and Steve touches upon this over and over in his book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever. February 26, 2012
By toni
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Without giving anything away, this book is an insightful (and incredibly sad) look at our foster care system, the resilience of a young child and his ability to live through it. I highly recommend this book. Mr. Pemberton will move you to tears; make you smile; you'll cheer for this child; and you'll understand the true meaning of perseverance. Additionally, it will be hard for anyone that reads this book to ever feel sorry for themselves. I read this book in 24 hours--even through my son's rugby game. You won't be able to put it down. Note to Mr. Pemberton, you are an inspiration, sir. May you live a long and HAPPY life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An absolute MUST READ!!!!!!
Published 20 days ago by Maureen Herrmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Just finished reading the book. Really well written, touches the heart, and doesn't leave you hanging. Deep thoughts too.
Published 1 month ago by Dolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars What an inspiration!!!
EXCELLENT READ!!! Very well done.
Published 1 month ago by Kuzuri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inspiring life story
Published 1 month ago by Debra Talbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent and moving - my perspective from someone who works in child welfare.
Published 3 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an amazing read. The early years of life for this ...
This book is an amazing read. The early years of life for this author was sad horrible yet he survived. Thank you for sharing your sad yet triumphant life.
Published 3 months ago by peggy jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad story with a great ending
A sad story with a great ending. This tells us a story of how we should be very careful of what we have and help those whose lives may touch ours if only for a brief while. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Penelope Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and inspiring
I work for a non profit organization called Bernie 's Book Bank. We are dedicated to providing books to at-risk children in the hope those books help them build a better life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terry DeMarco
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the read.
What a story of perseverance and suffering. Me. Pemberton takes us on the journey with him and we experience his trials with him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlene Creager
5.0 out of 5 stars God is not finished with home yet. I was ...
"God is not finished with him yet." I was expecting the author to help change the foster care situation . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Corrine
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