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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 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: #1,136,310 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 Martha Selgert on May 10, 2013
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I heard of Reggie at my church and he was terrific! I decided to buy his book and have shared it with my son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Joiner on January 11, 2013
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Reading this book & seeing the book lived out are things I experienced. We have all had our struggles and can relate to the struggle side of this book. The abandonment that Reggie felt with adoption/foster parents are things directly we may not deal with but indirectly we may. This book shows how Reggie used his pain to bring about his purpose. Ive had the opportunity on a few occasions to hear him speak & also accompany him around town while he spoke in schools. He lives everything that he spoke in this book. It was a journey he took, and decided to let us read/experience some of that. I highly recommend this book, and also bringing him in to speak to young people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita L. Calvin on July 26, 2012
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This is an excellent book. We also had the opportunity to see him in person and he is very genuine. This is perfect for kids without father's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl H. on September 9, 2011
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Reggie Dabbs is a motivational, inspiration, fascinating spiritual man. ("...one of the most sought-after public school and event speakers in the United States and the world for more than two decades.") In this book, he tells entertaining and heartbreaking stories of his life, as well as decisions he's made that led him to success in life, love and happiness. This isn't a `preachy' book--telling you what you should and shouldn't do, but words of encouragement that prompt you to explore your own heart, your own life, and the choices you have or have not made.

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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By SwaggerTD on August 15, 2013
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This book was excellent. He speaks as if you are his own child. There were no dislikes, I loved the whole entire book. I would recommend this book to anyone, but I would really recommend it to someone who is struggling in life.
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By Daring Debra on August 9, 2013
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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. He came home with non stop talk about REGGIE DABBS, so I had to get him his testimonial book. I recommend this book and seller !!
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You can't help but be warmed by Reggie, and so happy that he made it past his circumstances to be an accomplished adult. He not only tells his own story, but tells his version of Biblical events, in a way that is very appealing to teenagers. His message is excellent, and is something we should all remember. It is so easy to stay wallowing in the present, because you had a messed up past, instead of breaking past it and getting on with our lives. All in all, a good read!
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