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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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Abandoned at age 3, little Robby was stuffed in an orphanage where he lived the next 14 years. At the age of 17, he was offered a one-way bus ticket to wherever he wanted to go and wished 'Good Luck, Kid.' In sales since 1978, Rob has built a successful sales business that earned him the 2002 recognition as one of America's top Investment Consultants. Rob is a dynamic speaker who speaks from the heart with experience offering practical solutions that touch and encourage appreciative audiences. Currently, Rob is a Senior Vice President of Investments for a major national brokerage firm. Rob and his team oversee more than $200 million in individual and corporate assets. Rob and his wife, Susan, have two children. SPANISH BIO: Abandonado a los tres anos, el pequeno Robby fue entregado en un orfanato donde vivio durante los proximos 14 anos. A los 17 anos, le ofrecieron un boleto de autobus de una sola via para que se fuera donde quisiera y le desearon 'buena suerte muchacho'. Trabajando en ventas desde 1978, Rob construyo un negocio exitoso, recibiendo el reconocimiento como uno de los mejores asesores de inversiones en America en el 2002. Rob es un conferenciante dinamico que habla con el corazon, ofreciendo soluciones practicas que tocan y alientan a su agradecida audiencia. En la actualidad, Rob es vice presidente de inversiones para una de las mas grandes empresas de primas nacionales. Rob y su equipo supervisan mas de $200 millones en activos de empresas y particulares. Rob y su esposa, Susan, tienen dos hijos.
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Product Details

  • Series: Focus on the Family Books
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589974344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589974340
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Samuel D. Ravenel on June 9, 2007
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Once beginning to read this book, I could not put it down. The author shares his deep pain and rejection at multiple times in his young life in a powerful and poignant manner, yet within the context of ultimate resolution to fulfillment and joy in his life throught the power of forgiveness. He paints a picture as though in living color of the difficulty in arriving at that position, but the power of the process of doing so to release one from the bondage of woundedness. This is one of the most compelling and inspiring books I have been privileged to read. I intend to order copies to be able to give to hurting individuals who have suffered the pain of rejection. A blessing to anyone who can appreciate a Godly perspective on life.

A pediatrician in private practice
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Mitchell's life story is written in a way that draws you in and makes you want to go ahead and read the next chapter each time you finish one. Yet
it does not feel as if it is embroidered one bit. He simply tells you the
plain truth of what happened in his life in a very direct way. We are allowed time to linger with the feelings he experienced, the good and the bad, but mostly the mixed and confused. We feel the bewilderment that he
felt as he tried to understand things that just did not make sense. The story is unbelievable at times, although we don't doubt for a second that it indeed happened just as written. Many who have felt pain in their formative years will relate very well to this story, even if it was not the same kind of pain. Mitchell then takes us through his spiritual evolution, once again, in a very straightforward way. There is nothing sappy about it. He finds the only kind of faith that will help a troubled
adolescent. The real kind. In a few very short and simple episodes he asks the biggest questions that can be asked, and finds the kind of answers that an angry kid, (or angry adult), can sink his teeth into.
Ultimately the author finds reconciliation and peace, and the reader will too.
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This true story reads like a fast-paced novel. Little Robby not only grabs your heart on page one he continues to tug on it as you wallk with him through abandonment,loneliness, confusion, dashed hopes, and betrayal. These universal emotions have been felt at one time or another by all, regardless of childhood background, so we truly cheer when Rob finally finds what he has been searching for. Good book for vacation reading.
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This is a compelling true story of abandonment, anger, forgiveness and hope. Although it is hard to read what really happened you know that it did and the author overcame all odds through his relationship with God.
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When I opened this book I already knew part of the story - that Rob Mitchell had grown up in an orphanage. He was a classmate and good friend of mine at Guilford College. The questions I had harbored about his tragic past (never asked out of respect for him) were answered, and that was satisfying. But there was also an unexpected gift I found in reading Castaway Kid. Rob shows the reader how, through a deep and life-changing understanding that we are all God's precious children, to truly forgive those who have hurt us immeasurably.

His life has indeed been a successful struggle towards hope and belonging. I commend this book to anyone looking to be inspired by a real life story of overcoming wretchedness through letting go in love and faith, and thus being free to move forward.
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R. B. Mitchell gives extensive documentation, both in his book and on line, of the truthfulness of this almost unbelieveable story of how a young boy, abandoned by his wealthy family, overcomes bitterness and anger. Growing up in an orphanage from age three until he "aged out," Mitchell never had the security of a loving family and for years did not understand the reasons for his abandonment, as specious as they turned out to be. Only after an encounter with Jesus Christ did Mitchell have the power to move from his paralyzing anger and sense of worthlessness to a life pleasing to God; one in which his life has been transformed.
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This is a real page turner. I finished it in a weekend and my wife stayed up half the night finishing it. She said "I couldn't put it down".

I saw myself in so many of Rob's struggles as a youth and a young man. My situation was far more normal than his and yet the challenges for self acceptance and the stuggle to do the right thing were the same.

I highly recomend this to both young and not so young who want to be encouraged. God is clearly in control in Rob's life (and mine) in spite of circumstances.
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Once I started the book I had to read it through. It really was a tear jerker as you read about the trials that Rob had to overcome. It has helped me reexamine my life and relationship with God. To see that Rob has been able to overcome long odds has helped me see through the troubles in my life. This book is a must read for anyone searching for answers about what God has in store for their life.
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