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A Chance In the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home

Steve Pemberton
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“Pemberton's beautifully told story is a rags to riches journey—beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that could... Read More

“Pemberton’s beautifully told story is a rags to riches journey—beginning in a place and with a jarring set of experiences that could have destroyed his life. But Steve’s refusal to give in to those forces, and his resolve to create a better life, shows a courage and resilience that is an example for many of us to follow.”

—Stedman Graham, author, educator

Home is the place where our life stories begin.

It is where we are understood, embraced, and accepted. It is a sanctuary of safety and security, a place to which we can always return.

            Down in the dank basement, amidst my moldy, hoarded food and beloved worm-eaten books, I dreamed that my real home, the place where my story had begun, was out there somewhere, and one day I was going to find it.

            Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he can only imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a different life―that one day he will find his true home.

            A fair-complexioned boy with blue eyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his birth family. Armed with just a single clue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to find that nothing is as it appears.

            A Chance in the World is the astonishing true story of a boy destined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Through it all, Steve’s story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits.

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  • Contributor(s)Steve Pemberton
  • About the Contributor(s) Steve Pemberton is a senior level executive, speaker, philanthropist, and author of the best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, which...

    Steve Pemberton is a senior level executive, speaker, philanthropist, and author of the best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, which recounts Steve’s triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision while defying seemingly insurmountable odds. Steve has never forgotten the chances that bent the arc of his life. That is why he has made equality, access, and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. His commitment to others and his refusal to accept things as they are, have earned him national recognition, including the coveted Trumpet Award and the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress. Steve has never stopped encouraging others with his highly motivational messages: be a lighthouse to others, move from the circumstance to the possibility, and most of all, dare to dream. Steve and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three children.

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  • ISBN-139781404183551
  • Publish Date01/10/2012
  • PublisherThomas Nelson
  • Format Softcover
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Weight (lbs)0.56 lb
  • Case Weight (lbs)20.16 lb
  • Dimensions 1.0(h) x 1.0(w) x 1.0(d) inches
  • Pages272
  • Price $13.29


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