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Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home (Focus on the Family Books) Paperback – Unabridged, June 1, 2007
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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 www.amillionlittleproofs.com, 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 Robs 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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This is truly an emotional read with great lessons. This was a true story that read as interesting as a fictional one. It was an in depth and great read. The journey that Rob went through in his life is truly an amazing one, and one that was not easy for him. I found it amazing that he would share his journey with us readers to try and help or inspire anyone he could from his life events. It took real courage to relive his life as he wrote it and be willing to share it with readers all over the world. I was very impressed with the telling of his life story. Some non-fiction reads are "dry" to me, but this one was written in such a way that I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out and how he carried on through his hard times. It was very well written and I could tell that he really put his heart and soul into writing this book. His goal of helping anyone he could through his writing about his life story is truly amazing and inspirational. He had a hard time talking about his life as he grew up, but then to share it in hopes of helping others is truly an inspiration. I felt bad for him and how he was treated at the orphanage and as he grew up. I was glad to see that he could find guidance eventually in God to help him get through it all. This was a a very inspirational read for me.
Robby's mother continued to breeze in and out of his life over the next several years, but each time she did, she left chaos and destruction in her wake. Alcoholism and insanity aside, she strikes me as outright selfish and just plain mean. She's not a likable woman under any circumstances.
Robby's maternal grandmother, Gigi, would visit the orphanage when she could, but she was unable to take care of Robby full time, and his little heart would break all over again every time he and Gigi had to say goodbye. He was eventually able to visit his father's family in Atlanta, but they wouldn't allow Robby to stay there permanently despite their economic affluence. Robby learns the truth behind their rejection only after having spent years wondering why he was so unloveable that even the family who could afford to take care of him, wouldn't.
Life in the orphanage was tough, and Robby went through more suffering and darkness by the time he was 18 than most people go through in their lifetimes. So much rejection, so much anger, so much pain. However, Robby learns from reading about people like Booker T. Washington that he can stay stuck in the past and be bitter, or he can focus on the future and make his life better. I'm so glad he chose to be better than situation he comes from.
No kid should ever be treated as a castaway, but with faith, grace, and help from caring people, even a "castaway" can find his place in the world. Maybe his mom didn't want him, but thankfully his Father still did. Robby eventually comes to believe in the God he'd always heard about but didn't really know, and he finally made a family of his own. He's proof that healing isn't instantaneous or easy, but it is possible, and everyone needs at least a little bit of hope and love to see us through.
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This is a good book for readers 8 and older.
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