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Publisher's Summary

"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. A Chance in the World is the astonishing true story of a boy destined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Down in the dank basement, amid 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. 

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.

©2012 Steve Pemberton (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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  • 2020-08-19

Good Book

This book was good and well read. Love when a family right the wrongs of their families past; breaking family barriers and curses.

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  • 2020-05-03

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The story of the successes of one man amid, through and beyond the failures of CPS and society... a captivating story of hardship, betrayal and family.

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  • 2020-03-10

heart-wrenching and inspirational

I'm so glad I read this book! it is stunning that someone can survive this ordeal

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  • JL
  • 2020-02-06

life changing and inspiring. This was amazing

I don't remember the last time l was so moved and captivated by a story the way I was this one. my heart ached at the realization that there may be many other children suffering the same way.

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  • Ellis
  • 2022-06-21

Resiliency

What a story about coming out on the other side of pain, loss, abuse and disappointment. Steve Pemberton overcame so much and ultimately was able to find all that he was missing. Powerful story.

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  • 2022-06-10

Don't pass this book up!

The book is heart-wrenching! The narration brings deep emotional understanding to his awful childhood experiences.

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  • 2022-05-27

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Phenomenal story of perseverance, Hard-work, and character. This is definitely worth a listen. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • 2022-01-07

A chance in the world

This was a great read given all the trauma the entire family faced for decades. The writer was very factual, honest and forgiving. Given what his family endured, he has a relationship with God and it is beautiful. So sad that there are demons in the world like the Anderson’s and racism that exists even today.

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  • 2021-12-10

Inspiring!

What an incredibly inspiring story of determination and grit. It will touch you directly in your heart.

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  • 2021-10-04

Heart felt thanks to the author

What an inspiring story. Hard to believe it's true and it does attest to the power of God in someone's life. I am really thankful to the author that he allowed himself to write this through all his pain. Thank you very much