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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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Reggie wants you to know your story. Where did you come from? Where are you going? How are you going to get there? He begins with a bit of a life lesson from his childhood that shows how he handled life, or accepted how it was going. He tells us he is there to help the youth of today grow into adults. One of his themes is "you cannot change what has already happened", meaning you can not change the past, but you can change the future.

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.
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Reggie Dabbs is a great youth speaker. He was pivotal in my husband's spiritual walk, so I was excited to check out this book. However, Reggie should stick to speaking since his writing style is less than captivating. When a book is poorly written, no matter what it's content, it tough to get through, and this was tough to get through. There were a number of amusing personal stories and heart-warming accounts throughout the book, but they did not make up for the overall impression I got from the book.

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.
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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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Reggie should be required reading for every teenager in America. Seriously!

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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