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A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
A Man Named Dave A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
Author: Dave Pelzer
The inspiring conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series that includes A Child Called 'It' and The Lost Boy — Dave Pelzer's incredible and inspiring life story has already captured the interest of more than one million readers. A Man Named Dave is the long-awaited conclusion to his trilogy in which he describes how he triumphed over year...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780525945215
ISBN-10: 0525945210
Publication Date: 10/1/1999
Pages: 284
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 111 ratings
Publisher: Dutton Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!
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Helpful Score: 3
The third in a series, this book really brings the sad story of Dave Pelzers childhood and life together and gives it closure. I read it in one day, a great read.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a remarkable book about the will to survive and be the best you can be. Dave Pelzer is proof that anyone can become what he wants to be. A great read!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the final book in the triology (A Child Called It (aged 4 to 12) and The Lost Boy (aged 12 to 18)) and this book is centered on his life from age 18 onward. I have to say that this is my favourite of the three. The other two were good as well ... they were just kinda difficult to read.

This book FINALLY answers some of your questions (and his as well) if you can believe what The Mother says to him (which he even admits he's not sure if she was honest or playing one of her "games" again). There are some more hellacious horrors revealed in this book and it just makes it all the more difficult to believe that there really ARE people like this cruel, hateful and vindictive MOTHER out there in the world!!

You get to see his "reunion" with his father, confrontations with his mother, his marriage and his wonderful awesome love for his son ...

Although I wasn't physically abused by my mother growing up, I was emotionally and mentally abused by her and I really REALLY related to this part of his life. Trying to figure out why he can't trust people and why he pusehes those he does love away and why he never feels like he is worth the love he is offered. I honestly learned some things about myself in this book and it was nice to see a happy ending in this wonderful person's life. It's amazing his amount of forgiveness ... I am not sure I could do it ... but I'm learning ... and trying ... with the help of his words from this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the conclusion to the story of Dave Pelzer who was horribly abused by his mother as a child. The previous books were, A Child Called "IT" and The Lost Boy. A truly moving story that leaves you wanting to cheer for Dave for telling his story.
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Amazing that Pelzer is as balanced as a human as he is considering what he's been through.
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These words were eighteen year old Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to - and nearly did.
The more than one million reader's of Pelzer's previous best selling memoirs, A Child Called It and The Lost Boy, know that he lived to tell his courageous story. But even years after he was rescued, his life remained a contual struggle. Dave felt rootless and awkard, an outcast haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering "It" locked in his mother's basement. Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from advertity.
Dave's dramatic reunion with his dying father and the shocking confrontation with his mother - along with the discovery of her secret past - led to his ultimate calling: mentor to others struggling with personal hardships. From a difficult marriage to the birth of his son, from an unfilling career to an enduring friendship, Dave was finally able to break the chains of his past, learing to trust, to love, and to live.
A Man Named Dave is the gripping conclusion to his inspiratonal trilogy. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites his readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection inot acceptance - how a lost, nameless, boy finally found himself in the heart and soul of a man who is free at last.


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