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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Bawling at the endAbsolutely loved it!! couldn't put it down and was bawling at the end.

Many parts reminded me of stories my (adopted) son would tell. So many parallels (we adopted him just before he turned 16 after he spent 7 years in a foreign orphanage which followed some time living on the street of a 3rd world country). \

What an inspiration you are. I also was inspired by Nola because I am a social worker and try to make a difference in kids' lives.

Thank you for sharing your story. It was beautifully written.
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Cannot describeWow! In many ways this book opened some old wounds that I thought were healed but were simply scarred over.
R. B. Mitchell's words moved me in ways I cannot begin to describe. Thank you! May God bless everything you do.
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PhillipinesI read a book "Castaway Kid by R.B Mitchell, and I'd say it really touched my whole existence. Rob the author, help me to deepen my relationship to God, and made me appreciate more my family. No words can express how much I am thankful to all Rob. May God bless you.Philippines

Emilio This a copy of my life thanks I needed an inspiration!United States

Foothills House of Hope Hello, thank you for sending us at FHOH the great package our girls absolutely loved it. I want to see if we could get another copy of the teen resources that u sent in the packet. At this time we have been receiving a lot of calls and we love giving out more resources for families in crisis, we thank you for everything.
P.O. Box 11292 Hickory, NC 28603
Sincerely, Jackie Schronce
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HopeI've read your book and I loved it from beginning to end. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I love this book and the meaning behind it. United States

Jami We received your book and CDs. I played the testamonial for my inservice for the foster parents at Commonwealth Catholic Charities. After watching the testimony with some of the parents I came back to my office and picked up the book. Thank-you so much for sending it this way. Your story was so very inspiring and I believe it will help so many young people. I read your book cover to cover and couldn't put it down. Thank-you again!United States

Victoria Dear Mr. Mitchell--I wanted to thank you for sharing your story on Focus on the Family. I recently became aquainted with a young man who had been raised in foster care, and I was always wondering how I could show him a little of how much I cared about him. I was helping some friends of my family bake for
farmers market, so I always made sure he got a cookie every
Friday when I made them. It didn't seem like much but after I
heard your story on the radio I realized that probably counted for more than I ever thought. My heart just went out to him and my life will never be the same for having this experience. Thank you again and God bless you richly.

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Mia I was adopted from birth by very educated and well-to-do, well connected parents. I was the only adopted sibling and I felt unwanted growing up. I was mistreated by my siblings and adopted parents and it profoundly effected my self esteem. Even though I reached out for help and a local pastor came to pay our family a visit, everyone pretended everything was okay and good, even though it was not. Because of emotional/physical abuse and neglect, I ran away in my teens. I carried my garbage (my word for baggage) into my adulthood. I am now in my mid 40's and have had 4 failed marriages and the victim of a bigamist marriage. My parents and siblings don't speak to me. I haven't seen my siblings in 20 years. I have been floating out there, and trying to survive. My walk with Jesus Christ is the only safe haven I have. I have never heard of anyone having a story that came close to mine until I have heard your story. I am a school teacher in the public school system. Thank you for sharing, because it gives me hope.United States

Karen I was listening to you on the radio this morning. I feel your story would give hope to so many of the ladies that I see in Prison and County jail.
I can take DVD's and CD's into Greenville Federal Prison but only books into Madison County Jail. If you happen to have anything that you feel we could use in this ministry. I would be so grateful. (Or a discount?) Thank you and God bless you for using your life to help others. For turning to God instead of the world. God bless you, Karen Schemerhorn (Bethel Baptist Church, Troy, Illinois)
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