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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946263
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this entertaining autobiography, Dabbs paints an endearing image of himself: a large, African American man with an even larger heart and an important mission. This popular motivational speaker to high-school students and at-risk youth offers convincing examples of faith in action and God�s power to love and heal all wounds. Having to deal with the circumstance of his birth (he was adopted and raised by his mother�s high-school teacher) as well as his own human frailties, Dabbs discovers the power of helping others. This book asserts that people can change, that history does not have to repeat itself, and that true progress involves working through our hang-ups, not going around them. Dabbs offers several humorous and profound stories of personal transformation involving family, friends, youth, and strangers he has met along his life�s incredible journey. Bible stories with special flair and a modern voice are woven into the narrative, and work exercises at the end of each chapter are provided for individual and group reflection. This presents a unique brand of hope. --Susan DeGrane

About the Author

Reggie Dabbs has been one of the most sought-after public school and event speakers in the United States and the world for more than two decades. From professional athletes and stay-at-home moms to high school students, Reggie relentlessly chases his personal passion around the globe by sharing his own astonishing story of tragedy, redemption, and hope with millions of people each year. An acclaimed saxophonist, Reggie lives with Michelle, his wife of twenty years, and their son Dominic.

John Driver is a husband, father, pastor, author, and songwriter. He lives with his wife, Laura, and their young daughter, Sadie.

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The book is easy to read and hard to put down.
DebbiB
Using his amazing personal story and amazing humor, Reggie hits a homerun with this book.
M. Kelly
The books jacket say's "You Can't Change Your Past, But You Can Change Your Future".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mathachew on April 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reggie Dabbs's life changed when in the second grade he realized his parents were not his real parents, and that his birth was the result of a twenty-dollar deal his sixteen year old unwed mother made to secure the food she needed for her three other children. Dabbs went through his pre-teen and adolescent years wrestling with this news while growing up in a home where despite his background, he was in the care of two people that would provide for him as they would to their own flesh and blood, and where Reggie would learn that value of being unconditionally loved. Now, Dabbs spreads this unconditional love to each venue he visits to speak, trying, to the best of his abilities, to speak into the hearts of every single person that can hear his voice.

Truth be told, I had never heard of Reggie Dabbs before finding his book on BookSneeze.com. After reading the description and learning more about him, I was interested in learning about this man who has spoken world wide in front of thousands and tens of thousands, spreading a message of hope, inspiration and most of all, love. Spread throughout the pages of his book are inspirational and insightful stories during his life that impacted him and altered his perspective on where he was going to take his life. Many of his stories are successfully related to stories found the Bible, provided with perfect clarity a message of redemption and of hope. It is hard to not to feed off this man's charisma and be engaged in the stories he tells and the points that he drives home.

If there is anything that I did not like about the book, it is the amount of "filled in" story Dabbs provides for several of the stories he tells from the Bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LMS on April 27, 2011
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When I ordered this book from Amazon Vine, I had no clue who Reggie Dabbs was. I knew he was a speaker and that was about it. I have never heard him speak and knew nothing of his personal story. This is one of those books that I find difficult to rate. There were somethings I liked, and others...not so much.

First, I think that the love and passion Reggie has for ministering to kids in public schools is amazing. God has taken his shameful past and shaky beginnings and used it for God. Reggie is very forthright about who he is and where he came from. But he doesn't wallow in self-pity or bitterness. There is something very refreshing about that. I can understand why kids are drawn to him. It is obvious that Reggie has a heart the size of Texas and truly loves people. I also think it is great that Reggie gives a message of hope. He is living proof that no matter what your situation, it doesn't have to define you. With God's help, anything can be redeemed and overcome. I believe that a broken person can minister to others and reach them in their pain, in a way that a so-called "normal" person simply can't. So many of us (myself included) have a tendency to believe that we have to have all our ducks in a row before we can even think about ministering to someone else. But that isn't true at all. Reggie is living proof, and so am I. I also like Reggie's use of humor. I found myself laughing pretty hard several times while reading this book.

However, there are also some major problems with this book. First, I found the writing style of this book to cumbersome and choppy. It just didn't seem to flow very well at all. This book was written like a transcript of one of his live shows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reggie wants you to know your story. Where did you come from? Where are you going? How are you going to get there? He begins with a bit of a life lesson from his childhood that shows how he handled life, or accepted how it was going. He tells us he is there to help the youth of today grow into adults. One of his themes is "you cannot change what has already happened", meaning you can not change the past, but you can change the future.

I had a hard time reading this book. I have never heard Reggie in person, but the reading was choppy. There was something he said that I was not pleased with. He was saying he tells the boys they need to respect girls. I like this and young boys do need to know this and practice it, but Reggie said that if a boy wanted to give a girl flowers, but didn't have any money, they needed to just go by the cemetery and get some, because there isn't anyone there who will miss them. Personally, having young boys be respectful of girls should not include stealing.

I am glad Reggie was able to go into a direction that was positive and not take his circumstances and create a harmful life for himself, but it was not necessarily a book I enjoyed reading.

I received a complimentary copy of the book, from Booksneeze.com, in exchange for my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey R. Whitney VINE VOICE on August 23, 2011
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Reggie Dabbs is a great youth speaker. He was pivotal in my husband's spiritual walk, so I was excited to check out this book. However, Reggie should stick to speaking since his writing style is less than captivating. When a book is poorly written, no matter what it's content, it tough to get through, and this was tough to get through. There were a number of amusing personal stories and heart-warming accounts throughout the book, but they did not make up for the overall impression I got from the book.

From a Christian perspective, Reggie tends to "beat around the bush" as far as Christ, God, and Christianity goes. I understand he's trying to be seeker friendly, but he doesn't even mention Christ until page 74 and then spends four paragraphs defending the Bible as if the very mention of it would send people running. I think he should have spent more time saying how amazing the book was and less time saying things like, "Really, it's not a geeky book!"

Save your money on this book -- sorry. However, if Reggie is coming to your area, grab a ticket!

For more reviews and ministry resources, check out my Growing Kids Ministry blog.
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