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

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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 June 1st 2007 by Focus on the Family Publishing (first published May 3rd 2007)
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Natalie Vellacott
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
One boy's heartbreaking story of growing up in an orphanage and having his hopes of true family dashed time and time again. Why won't his rich relatives adopt him despite allowing him to stay with them for lengthy periods? What happens when he finally grows up and tries to form a relationship himself?

A story about God's love and triumph and how He can bring restoration and healing to even the most broken lives. i recommend this book especially for those feeling detached/lonely.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book certainly carries an emotional punch. It made me want to rescue every lonely child out there. Then turned around and showed how it is humanly impossible to heal the hurts most of those children face. Not that it’s a hopeless book. It has a beautiful solution. What story wouldn’t that is full of God’s redeeming power.
Mitchell shares so openly, but I can’t imagine the hurt, anger, loneliness, and fear a child of three would experience at being abandoned like that. How does one he
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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,
Merle Dunson
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book gripped my heart all the way through. It is So sad to think that so many children grow up like this author with no family to call their own, no mother or father that cares about them and no place to call home. That hit me the hardest. It is unreal what this guy went through and still became a functioning, responsible adult. So inspirational! Highly recommend!
Apr 29, 2010 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
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hands down my choice as 3rd BEST novel for 2016 I've had the pleasure to read!! A heartbreaking true story that made me cry and want to jump into the book and hug three year old Robby.
The reader watches Robby struggle with so many issues and situations, that one can't help but put the book down and say prayers for him. Readers continue watching Rob grow up and you pray his way of thinking on things continue in the right path.
Rob Mitchell is living proof that no matter how lonely or rejected a pe
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

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...
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