A CHANCE IN THE WORLD - Steve Pemberton


By Steve Pemberton

  • Release Date: 2012-01-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
We rated this book with: 5/5 stars

5 Score: 5 (From 132 Ratings)


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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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  • Inspiration

    By D.J.Young
    When I read this book, it gave me hope. I got the chance to meet Steve during an internship I had years ago and his story stuck with me throughout life. The obstacles he faced made me compare myself to him and fight even harder for what I believe in. I personally want to thank him for creating this book and telling his story.
  • Powerful story, tragic yet filled with hope

    By Rozebramay
    This story speaks of a child whose path to success was steep, dark and full of dangers. That he excelled in spite of active efforts to break his spirit by people chosen to protect and guide him. Having worked for a state agency that dealt with this sort of abuse, I know that his was not a unique situation. And it hurts to read case files that indicate that, in hindsight, case workers have not responded appropriately to such situations. That said, they do care deeply and are often bound by legalities that are in place to protect caregivers as well as the children, and by the shortage of placement options for these children. The book is beautifully written, and the author’s story will benefit children at risk, as he was, to understand that their struggles are not unique, and benefit the people who work in that government system by pointing out the ways malevolent caregivers operate. Hopefully, it will also encourage people with good hearts to step forward and risk bringing in a child who needs protection, guidance and a reason to hope for a better future. For all of us on the periphery, we need to be mindful of listening to children, sharing something of ourselves when possible. Our contribution may seem small to us, but it may provide the one spark of hope they need to keep moving in the direction of their dreams.
  • A Chance In The World

    By Hillgirlhere
    An unbelievable testimony of survival. I sobbed through every misery this poor man and his siblings encountered. "The System" is not much better now than when they went through this living Hell, still hearing horror stories from case workers whose hands are tied or whose case histories are ignored ! That Steve could eventually overcome his past to have a loving future is A Miracle from God, and he deserves every second of it! My heart goes out to his brothers and his sister for their ongoing struggles. This story is tugging at my heart still and it has been awhile since I finished it!
  • A Chance In The World

    By Debers14
    Can't wait to read Steve's next book!
  • Love beyond description

    By Wlemon
    I heard Mr. Pemberton speak at a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on the University of Missouri St Louis campus and I had a hard time believing the brief story that came from his lips and the depth of his interpretation of Dr. King. He mentioned that he had written a memoire, so I went home and bought it. I read it straight through - it is masterfully written. I spent two years of my youth as a ward of the state, but I never experienced the trials of Mr. Pemberton. His ability to see a future life for himself as a small abandoned boy is indescribable - yet he describes it. He tells us he currently struggles - who from such a background would not - and I wish him well. At the core of his life, he has converted his hellacious upbringing into a life of love and family. It has been a gift to read this book. - You’ll need tissues.
  • A Chance in the World

    By andrew90west
    This is the most powerful story I've ever encountered. It is so beautifully and brilliantly narrated...and so intensely personal and profoundly moving it reduced me to tears. A brilliant testament to the strength of the human spirit. Bravo!!!

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