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A Chance in the World

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^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

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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.

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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 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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"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

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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.

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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 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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A heart-rending but uplifting story of the human spirit's ability to prevail.

From the day he is five-years-old and dropped off at his foster home of the next eleven years, Stephen is mentally and physically tortured. No one in the system can help him. No one can tell him if he has a family. No one can tell him why, with obvious African-American features, he has the last name of Klakowicz.

Along the way, a single faint light comes only from a neighbor's small acts of kindness and caring?and a box of books. From one of those books he learns that he has to fight in any way he can?for victory is in the battle. His victory is to excel in school.

Against all odds, the author succeeded. He attended college, graduated, became a successful corporate executive, and married a wonderful woman with whom he established a loving family of his own. Through it, he dug voraciously through records and files and found his history, his birth family?and the ultimate disappointment as some family members embrace him, but others reject him.

Readers won?t be the same after reading this powerful story. They will share in the hurts and despair but also in the triumph against daunting obstacles. They will share this story with their family, with their friends, with their neighbors.




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Meet the Author

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton is Divisional Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company's 110 year history. Prior to assuming his role at Walgreens, Steve Pemberton was Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion at Monster.com, the leading global online careers property. Steve and his wife, Tonya are the proud parents of three children.

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  • Catalogue Code 345583
  • Product Code 9781595554161
  • ISBN 1595554165
  • EAN 9781595554161
  • Pages 272
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jan 2012
  • Sales Rank #78881
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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