Book Review: Reggie

Reggie, written by Reggie Dabbs with John Driver, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010.

You can never change your past, but you can change your future.

This is the core of Reggie’s message to young people everywhere.  Reggie lived a life that could have set him on a very different path than where he is today.  Born as the result of an unwed mother who prostituted herself for twenty dollars to feed her other three children, given up by that mother, finding out in the second grade that he was adopted, being a slower learner and a really, really big kid, Reggie could have ended up as just another sad statistic.

Instead, Reggie found that he a knack for connecting with people who are struggling, with children who think they are worthless, with students who see no purpose to learning.  Reggie fills the role of “daddy” for so many.  All children have a father, but not all have a daddy;  one who loves and accepts them as they are, who wants the best for them, who will inspire and support them as they grow.

Reggie tells his personal story by laying out the truth of his life circumstances, then intepreting that truth through Biblical tales retold as a narrative in “Reggie-style.”  He uses common language and a healthy dose of humor to share the transforming power of faith.  Through his story-telling, the reader is given ten ways to discover everything from your voice to your passion.  Through his anecdotes, the readers see that they are not alone in their struggles.  Reggie has been there, felt the pain, worked through it, and rose above it.

Today, Reggie Dabbs is a motivational speaker, traveling around the world to speak to the heart of teenagers everywhere.  He truly loves them.  Through this book, he is also a motivational writer.  As you read, prepare to discover what he learned along the way; you can never change your past, but you can change your future.

Note: A free copy of this book was made available through  In no other way did the author, publisher or anyone else associated with Reggie influence this review.

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