Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home  -     By: R.B. Mitchell
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Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home

Focus on the Family / 2007 / Paperback

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What happens when God gets hold of a hopeless past? Castaway Kid is the true story of Rob Mitchell, an orphan whose life took a dramatic turn toward a future more promising than he ever imagined. Abandoned by his family when he was just a boy, Rob spent many years feeling angry, rejected and alone. But God had a different plan. See how God can transform life's most discouraging circumstances into the adventure of a lifetime.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 280
Vendor: Focus on the Family
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1589974344
ISBN-13: 9781589974340
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Publisher's Description

Rob Mitchell is one of the last “lifers” raised in an American orphanage. Left by a dysfunctional family in an Illinois children's home, he grew up with kids who were not friends but rather “co-survivors.” After becoming a Christian as a teenager, Rob found what he was looking for, home and family, in a relationship with God. Rob was able to overcome his past, forgiving his relatives and forging healthy family relationships of his own.

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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. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Margaret
    Salmon, ID
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great!!
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    Margaret
    Salmon, ID
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
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    Rob really came through. One could tell, I think, as the story goes that God was with him from the beginning. His grandmother was a great influence on him also. This story I am sure could be a life story of many children that has been, so to speak, thrown away in to the system. God can do wonders with these children, if they had a chance and have some one intervene for them with God's help. I would recommend this book to anyone. Maybe even a child who questions their life. This book is a keeper.
  2. Waldo
    Sanford, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A really good read
    February 19, 2011
    Waldo
    Sanford, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book will give you a good understanding of what some kids go through that are abandoned. I really never understood the deep need that these kids have to be accepted. It was inspiring and uplifting to see God work in his life.
  3. Yvonne
    Miami, Fl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming, encouraging.
    December 10, 2010
    Yvonne
    Miami, Fl
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    I stay amazed of how God can work thru the most broken hearted and hardest of hearts and fill them with his love and hope. Amazing story.
  4. swsmissus
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    every human being ought to read this book!
    November 20, 2010
    swsmissus
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    This is a wonderful book, and ought to be read by every teenager and every adult alive today, Christian or non. What a beautiful story of God's merciful love, what hope one can find in reading a book like this and how incredible that this man's life is what it is today because of God's help!

    Many people have NO idea what their foolish actions (in teens it often comes out as bullying, meanness and unfriendliness and in adults it often shows as a lack of love toward the needy) do to the hurting hearts of others. And what HOPE there is, in a real-life story like this, that out of misery and awfulness, something GOOD can result with God's love.

    Get a hold of this book today!
  5. Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
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    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    I cannot imagine the heart-breaking anguish three-year-old Robbie experienced as he realized that his mother had left him in care in an American orphanage. With no determined or date of return, his mother drifted in and out of his life as he struggled to grasp hold of any sense of normality, security, or love.Though some form of stability was provided by regular visits from his maternal grandmother and a caring housemother, the deep emotional wounds left by parental abandonment led to feelings of deep rebellion, anger, and dejection. Once his mentally ill mother gave up her parental rights Robbie held out hope that his wealthy paternal relatives would adopt him. Their rejection cut him to the quick and plunged him into a state of desperation during his teen years.Castaway Kid chronicles the autobiographical reflections of author R.B. Mitchell, who spent nearly his entire childhood in care within an orphanage. Writing in simple, strikingly transparent prose, Mitchell lays bare the wounds created by repeated abandonment and rejection by his family. His would be a truly heartrending story were it not for an adoption that came once his childhood years were passed.Mitchell was adopted into the family of God, accepting the Fathers promise to be home for him; to provide him with a never-faltering source of love, stability, and identity. Guided by His spirit through the process of deep forgiveness for those who forsook him, Mitchell was able to move forward into a new life including a wife and children as he learned to trust and love. Coming from an orphanage with dismal outcomes for its long term residents, Mitchells life stands out as wildly successful. A college graduate and participant in international missions, Mitchell is now a well established financial consultant and motivational speaker.
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