Castaway Kid by r.b. mitchell

what people are saying


"Mitchell's story is inspiring both for its spiritual dimension and its conventional Horatio Alger narrative."   Publishers Weekly, 4/9/2007


“The moment I read the first page, I was crying I couldn't put the book down. . . I am deeply humbled by this story. I hope it will change the lives of millions of people.It has mine.”

Brian Littrell , Recording Artist, Member of the Backstreet Boys

 This is a great book that reminds me personally of God’s love. I cried real tears reading this, it is a must read. 

--Dave Ramsey, New York Times Best Selling Author, The Total Money Makeover

Before you sit down to read Castaway Kid by Rob Mitchell, I would suggest that you obtain a box of tissues. This compelling story grabs from the first page and helps you to understand what real loneliness and rejection feel like. More importantly it puts into perspective the most important things in life, such as a relationship with God. This is a splendid example of how the hand of God can heal all wounds and boost us toward the goal of realizing our innate potential. When you finish this book, you will be ready to put down the tissue and pick up your conqueror’s helmet.”  

--Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and author of Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story 

This is a remarkable work of contemporary literature that quickly gets inside the readers’ head then heart. The book starts out as a little boy’s struggle with abandonment but quickly becomes the readers’ own struggle with universal themes of loneliness, fear, rejection, anger, bitterness and how to forgive others and ourselves.

--Dottie Hoots, English educator, Wesleyan Academy, High Point, NC 

“A powerful, compelling message that points to the unimaginable grace of our Heavenly Father.”

--Dan T. Cathy, President and COO, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

 “In an era espousing “self esteem,” Rob Mitchell points out with actual experience how badly all of us need God’s help in our lives and endeavors. An important read!”  

--Ben Edwards, Retired Chairman, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. 

Castaway Kid is an emotionally engaging, thought provoking, and spiritually uplifting story that follows a child's journey from abandonment at an orphanage, through childhood, and into maturity. It explores the power of unconditional love and the process of forgiveness that allows hope to enter into even the most extreme life struggles.

Woven into the tapestry of this life are three love stories—the unconditional and constant love of an impoverished grandmother, the caring and gentle love of a no-nonsense dorm mother, and eventually the love of a southern belle who disregards the young man's past and brings him into their future.

The fast pace and cliff hanging chapters often carry the reader into deep emotional waters without giving them time to raise their defenses. Common comments are “It is unlike any book I have ever read” and “I have never before felt so many different emotions reading one story.”

Few can relate to the circumstances of growing up in an orphanage, but numerous women, men, and teenagers with whom the author has shared his story have told how they have experienced similar emotional issues in their own lives. All seem to relate to times when they have felt angry, deceived, frustrated, lonely, unloved, unwanted, and sometimes overwhelmed by other people’s actions. They also seem to express a near-universal longing for assurance that even in the most distressing circumstances we can find hope as we search for the purpose and meaning of our lives.

Castaway Kid is a book that offers such hope. Not only does it need to be read, Castaway Kid should also be given as a gift to others who need to know that, no matter how severe, the pains of the past and present don't have to determine the path of the future

-- Barbara Winslow Robidoux, Freelance book reviewer

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Never again the movieCastaway will never again remind me of the movie. Engraved in my mind, etched in the recess of my heart, is the image of three year old Rob; castaway but thankfully Salvaged. Rescued. Forever adopted by the Reedemer.
United States

Should I still love?I've always been in the shadow of others and it made me feel lonely. Sometimes I would feel like taking it out but couldn't. But when I read this book. I realized that there were others like me. I couldn't believe it so now I feel changed and for once happy.United States

A long time to finishI read your book in spanish this week, i hear from you in radio station nueva vida 97.7 When you went in Puerto Rico a few months ago. Let me tell you that i was working on my second shift and when i heard you talking my eyes was full of tears and very touched by the presence of God! I bought the book on Amazon and start to read it in that time and then stop.. because i found it too strong ,but always keep it on the side of my bed still i finished today. The only think that came to my mind was: God! Bless this man and his family whenever they are, and yes, many people identifies with the feelings of loneliness and sad that you said in the book, but it was changed by the love that only God give us....thanks and many blessings :))
Puerto Rico

Threw away my hatredThe book inspied me to take a new step in my life. After I read this book, I thought about how thankful I was to have a loving family. I threw away all my hatred, unsatisfaction, and jealousy.South Korea

Rebecca, an ordinary girlI asked my parents for your book years and years ago when I was young because Brian Littrell had liked it, and I am a huge BSB fan. I've read it several times since then. It has never gotten old. I tell anyone who asks for a book recommendation to read this. My father has read it, my younger brother has read it (and he dislikes reading, and Christian reading at that!) Your story is truly touching.United States

Never been so movedI have never been so moved by a book before! It was difficult for me to complete the book.
Thank you for the incredible gift of this book and your personal journey. It truly touches hearts!!!!
United States

The Silence hurts no more.The Silence. This I can relate to in my life now, but it hit me what the Lord said to R.B. is that the silence has nothing to do with you, but everything to do with your family members. The rejection and the deafening of the silence hurts no more.United States

Men don't cry, I couldn't help but cryI have never cried reading a book, but I couldn't help myself. I didn't grow up in an orphanage, but I know all of the issues of lonelieness and wondering where I belong in this world.

And you inspired me to be a better husband and father and man and son of God.
Costa Rica

RaquelI haven't been an orphan, but I went through many hard/difficult situations during my childhood, and your book has touched the deepest part of my heart. Costa Rica

You helped me find HomeGod as my Home ! This was a new realization that I struggled with because of circumstances of my past. Even as I grasp this truth, I could literally be anywhere and be home because everywhere God is with me and He is home.
United States


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