"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, amid my moldy, hoarded food and 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 extra-ordinary quest for his identity, only to learn that nothing is as it appears. A Chance in the World is the unbelievably true story of a wounded and broken 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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Interesting, moving story
Yes. It was interesting and gave reason to be appreciative about your own life events. I'd lsiten again just to be sure I had'nt missed anything. I listenend to the story as quickly as I could.
The teacher who gave him a place to stay after he ran away from his adoptive family. Because he had little time to realize just what he might have been getting into. He simple wanted to help a kid in need.
When he talked about his own family. His relationship with his wife and children. How his past had'nt ruined a good person.
That he found a way to survive by reading alone in the basement. When he realized that life should be different from what he'd seen
It was a great listen. Great story!!!
A riveting story...
Steve Pemberton's story of his life -- especially as a young boy in the social services system is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Listening in my car one evening, I actually had to pull over after a particularly disturbing account.
Everyone should read (or listen to) this book.