Castaway Kid by r.b. mitchell

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"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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Honduras OrphanageThank you for your book in Spanish: Solo

Our gratitude towards you for being such a special and wonderful blessing to us.

Weeping Panama Orphanage DirectorI listened to your audio book while driving my truck. Over and over again I had to pull over to the side of the road and weep.
All of the issues of your life are the same as our children. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving our kids a voice and authentic hope.

Bolvian woman inspiredThe book came to my hands through somre friends and help me to transmit the church the importance on take care of the children, first as families and second as church. Bolivia

51 yr old man miraculously changedDear Mr Mitchell
I woke early yesterday morning,the eve of my 51st birthday.
Having recently divorced and now living in an apartment by myself I felt at my lowest point ever.
Having previously rejected all attempts by people to interest me in God or Jesus I prayed(for the first time) for some help.
at 7.00AM I went out for a walk to try to clear my head and as I was walking along Baltimore Rd in Philly I noticed a book lying on the sidewalk!!!
"Castaway Kid" by R.B.Mitchell
I read it from start to finish, I couldn,t put it down I was awake all night.
Thank you Mr Mitchell and thank you God.

I'm a different person today.
United States

You inspired me to help damaged children in ChileLeí el Libro SOLO en enero de este año. Realmente impactó mi corazón y me inspiró a seguir apoyando ministerialmente a la infancia dañada. Dios les bendiga . Saludos desde ChileChile

You moved me to act in MexicoEstuve en evento cumbre por niños marginados en Monterrey el día de ayer y miércoles, hoy leí el libro de Dr. robb y estoy sin dejar de llorar realmente conmovida, pero sobre todo con ojos abiertos en mi corazon por lo que es la orfandad, Sr. Robb y familia Dios le bendiga inmensamente a Ud. Y su familia por compatir la vida de alguien que fue abandonado, y por hacer sensible a la iglesia de la situación de los niños abandonados, hoy quiero ayudar a casas hogares y poder tomar a uno de esos niños y darnos la oportunidad de cambiar la vida de un ser tan bello. Mexico

I too grew up at "The Home"As I began to read, it was as if you had taken my heart and written all that I had trouble saying.

I too, grew up as a "Homie" in the 1980's-1990's. Reading this book really opened my heart in places that I hadnt yet ventured.
I am even more excited now about this journey that God has blessed me with.
Full circle is salvation and realizing that God has a special journey for each of us and wow how He gifted the children that suffer with amazing strength and endurance.
United States

Princeton "Townie" reached outI grew up on Princeton , Illinois and went to Douglas Elementary School.

After reading your book when I went to take the book back to the library, I overheard a teenage boy talking on the phone (he was on the library phone, he didn't have his own cell phone) saying he couldn't make it to work because he didn't have a ride. Anyway, I went up to him and offered him a ride. I made his business my business and offered help. I would not of done that before reading your book.
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73 yr old woman changedJust finished reading this sad and yet wonderful and inspiring book. I am a woman of age 73 and yet this book has taught me so much and has opened up my heart and mind to new and wonderful things. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. This book will stay with me forever. Thank you, thank you, thank youUnited States

I adopted 5 kids, you gave them a voiceOh, Rob! This book should be mandatory reading for every social worker, foster and adoptive parent!

You have done something, we who work and love children from hard places cannot often attain.

I have five adopted children. Thank you for giving my children a voice. I feel like I understand my own children so much better after reading your book.
United States


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