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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 ›
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.
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.
My husband and I visit a State Youth Prison every week as mentors to young men between the ages of 18 and 25. I have started sending this book in to the prison and hope that every boy in that facility ends up reading it. I learned a lot about how to better connect with teens through Reggie's examples and ways of sharing life's lessons.
Reggie is written in a tone that young people will connect with, but with the sincere depth that only God's story has. It is not easy to help young people see and understand their value, especially to God, but Reggie accomplishes and conquers the task.
I especially enjoyed Reggie's versions of the stories of people's lives in the Bible. He brought biblical characters to the present day and made them feel real. I especially enjoyed his description of the story of Hosea and Gomer.
I would love to see and hear Reggie speak in person after reading his book. I will continue sending copies of the book into the youth prison and know that it will touch lives inside that dark and dreary place.
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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 10 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 15 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