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REGGIE: You Can't Change Your Past, but You Can Change Your Future Paperback – March 28, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
He stresses three strong points throughout the book. 1. You can't change your past, but you can change your future. We all have pains, mistakes, tragedies, etc..., but they aren't insurmountable. We can get past them. They don't have to leave us feeling defeated. 2. He expresses a deep love and concern for the youth of our world. The teenage years are not useless years of sowing oats, getting into (or staying out of) trouble. Teens can and do make a significant difference in this world; and Reggie illustrates how. 3. God surely loves you.
I've never really read a book like this. I feel as if I've gained a friend. Yeah, I know that sounds cheesy, but Reggie's caring heart is conveyed so clearly in this book. He shares God's love in a unique and powerful way. His conversational writing style is captivating and inviting.
It is unlikely you'll read this book and not be changed in some way. It may be a small modification in your way of thinking--or it might be life altering, but I'm certain a transformation will occur.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the [...]
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Great book! I am not a big book reader, but I have almost finished this entire book in just one day.Published 5 months ago by Jeremy Wilhite
It is a very interesting and entertaining book. I will recommended to others. It was a gift but I bought it on Kindle too.Published 9 months ago by Mary
This book was excellent. He speaks as if you are his own child. There were no dislikes, I loved the whole entire book. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by SwaggerTD
I bought this for my 11 yr old son that LOVES!!! REGGIE DABBS !! My son went to a Redline Teen weekend conference in Watertown, NY. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Daring Debra
I heard of Reggie at my church and he was terrific! I decided to buy his book and have shared it with my son.Published on May 10, 2013 by Martha Selgert
You can't help but be warmed by Reggie, and so happy that he made it past his circumstances to be an accomplished adult. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Naomi Manygoats