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Castaway Kid: One Man's Search for Hope and Home

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  417 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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 hi ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 3rd 2007)
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Oct 02, 2012 Rick is currently reading it
R.B. Mitchell wrote one book - Castaway Kid. This is the only book he ever needs to write. And one book everyone needs to read.

In Castaway Kid, Mitchell tells the story of Robby, a child who, at the young age of four, witnesses his father point a gun to his head and take his own life. By the time he was five, his mother, no longer desiring the role of parenthood, dropped Robby at an orphanage. For the next twelve years, Robby spent his life being shuffled between orphanages, mental institutions,
Apr 29, 2010 Hayley added it
In this book about a true story, a little boy named Robby has to learn to deal with his dysfunctional family. He was left at an orphanage at a young age and grew up with not many people staying in his life too long. His mom tries to get back into his life a few times but Robby knows not to let her back because he’s just going to get hurt again. As a teenager he learns about God and becomes a devoted Christian. This story shows his life and how there are some tough spots, but things will always g ...more
For those of you out there tha think your life stinks and that there is nothing that can change it, think again. This book is a wonderful book that tells how a boy from an orphange was able to graduate, get married and have kids, which was out of the ordinary for any orphan. R.B. was not an orphan though. He had a very hard life and he never thought that he should believe in God because he thought that if this God was real, why would He let him have such a bad life. About half way through the st ...more

God is all about redemption, and this is a great look at one person's story of how God redeemed His life from being a castaway to being a beloved child of God. Any parent who had adopted should read this so you can get into the mind and heart of your child...
Mrs. Rosie
I grew up with the author and he took my exchange sister to Prom! We have been sharing emails and I'm so proud to know that his hopes were realized through the power of Christ! Anything is possible with Christ by your side.
Aug 21, 2011 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Suckish and sad. Almost the whole book was depressing and the only remotly happy parts (eeting susan, getting married, etc.) we SUPER SHORT! Not cool dude, not cool at all.
This is a true story of a boy, Rob, who is left at an orphanage when he is three years old and lives there until he graduates from high school. He has many struggles as he grows up being "a kid from the Home". Kids in the school system don't like him, girls don't want to date him, his family doesn't seem to want him, and the other boys in the Home aren't crazy about him either. He has a lot to overcome and he eventually decides perhaps God is the one to turn to for help and trust. But can God re ...more
was a great book. its a true story, where a boy who was put in a home for children, who parents was either deceased or could not take care of their children. His mother was had problems drinking and had mental problems, his father try to kill himself, but lived and was brain damage. It showed how one boy try to cope with living and trying to improve himself with God to be a better person and that he would survive and be strong.
This is the true story of Robby, who is left by his mother at the tender age of three at an orphanage. Robby spends his youth as one of the last "lifers" in America's orphanage system. This is the heartbreaking story of his struggle with abandonment, loneliness, fear, refection, anger and bitterness. Through God's grace, Robby eventually encounters God's amazing love through the gift and the power of His son, Jesus, to redeem every facet of his life. "Though my father and mother forsake me, the ...more
Lady Jane
The memoirs of a former "castaway kid" and now successful, healthy adult. Mr. Mitchell shares the story of his childhood, abandoned by parents at three and institutionalized, and his journey to emotional and spiritual health through faith in Christ. The story is gripping and makes you shake your head over some of its elements and cheer for others. However, Castaway Kid doesn't just communicate facts (Mr. Mitchell provides documentation for his memoirs at It ...more
Kathy Thompson
To say "Castaway Kid" is the story of a boy from a dysfunctional family being raised in an orphanage would be seeing stars in the sky while never noticing the moon. This book will cause tears tears to flow, both from the depth of his abandonment and from the people God placed in his life who manage to bring enough balm to his hurting life to keep him hanging on just a little longer. The small child more easily identified the heartbreaking loss... the adult man and the reader weeps with the child ...more
Imagine my surprise when I started reading this book and found out the majority of it took place just 15 miles west of where I grew up. Such a heart breaking tale of a child no one wanted and the path God took him on the be a successful man, husband and father.
Julia Madalena
I thought thihs book was very intresting. In ways of how the boy over came his problems. I believe God really shined through this book, and I love seeing what God has taught this boy, in this book. It was a great read.
Books where a person has to overcome great adversity and is empowered by God is always a winner in my book. Castaway Kid is written for the young and old and will not disappoint. Definitely worth reading.
Samantha Parrish
Honest and poignant

This book left me in years. To have faced such tragedies and yet come so far is truly a testament to the power of God.
Heather Berkowitz
I just.. wow. I literally could not put this down and read it in like 4 hours. This was amazing. I cried at the end. It's amazing what we can accomplish with a little determination, even if you're not entirely sure *what* you're determined to do except survive. Also has me thinking about relationships in my own life - perhaps I need to do some forgiving of my own in order to fully move on and let old wounds heal. It's so sad and scary to think that this was someone's real life, but, wow, what gr ...more
April Lemen
What a wonderful story about hope and how we are in control of our own destinies. Making decisions and trusting God to work out the rest...very inspiring.
Amazing true story of a boy left in an orphanage from 3 years old till 14 years later.
Ashley Biddle
absolutely amazing, a story of a confused, hurt, and angry boy turning into a loving, spiritual, and godly family man.
Anne Williamson
A must read for people who work with kids in the foster system.
This story is about taking charge of your life by giving it away to God. It follows a child who grows up in an orphanage, coming to terms with his dysfunctional family and a bleak future. I met R.B. during a radio interview this summer and was amazed at his clarity of thinking and his wholehearted dedication to a "Jesus life." The quote I remember most when we talked was when he said, "I don't have time for pretense." These life experiences have gave him amazing perspective and brought the impor ...more
truly remarkable story, the fact that this is a true story saddens me but impresses me to see how great of a man he has become! The Lord he gave him this life journey so that we may realize how hard life is so for so many and how to help them in anyway we can
Extremely well written by the author about his own life.

Truly inspirational.
Really awesome story...made me want to go adopt or foster some children
This is the true story of a little boy orphaned at 3 years old and his journey into manhood and his search for a home and family. As an adult, Robby learns that he has always had a home and family in his relationship with Jesus, all he needed to do was accept it. This is a hard concept for a three year old to grasp, but it is a wonderful peace to any adult with an unconventional past.
this story really brought some healing to my own life. even though i have never related to being abandoned by my parents, the way he wrestled with God for years is how this book ministered to me. this story is a true story about redemption and reveals the heart of God when he says that His ways are higher than our ways. truley a remarkable story!
I didn't realize I had chosen Christian reading material when I bought this book. When I did I figured that I would slog my way through it. Truthfully, it was a pleasure to read, and inspirational. Having experienced a difficult childhood myself, I connected with Rob on many levels. Well worth the price of admission.
Kara Rull
This book tugs at the heartstrings of everyone who cares about child welfare. Children who are put into the social welfare system and are not adopted for years suffer feelings of rejection for years. This book is a reminder to be thankful for our blessings and to do what we can to help those less fortunate than we.
This is an amazing true story about a boy abandoned at an orphanage at 3 years old and was sent out with a bus ticket at 17 years old. It is a story of how he triumphed over his horrid childhood and became an amazing man - despite, and possibly because of, the circumstances of his childhood.
This was a book about a boy who grew up in an orphanage distanced from his biological family. This is his struggle to overcome. I think some of the wording in the book was trite. However, I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. I read the book in two days.
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