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May 24, 2023

Dave Pelzer is the author of a series of books including A Child Called It, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for a record setting six years. In that book, he chronicles a childhood of almost unbelievable abuse. Finally, one weekend, he was sure his mother intended to kill him. And that’s when a network of caring adults stepped in to save him. Dave has gone on to a life of great adventure.

The hardship of Dave’s early years surprisingly didn’t sour him on life. Instead, it inspired him to LIVE. Now, in his early sixties, he looks back at life with great love and appreciation. His message is is one of resilience, but also of love, learning and doing.

In his most recent book, Return To The River, he looks back on it all with love and gratitude. The tone of the book is wistful in some ways. Dave asks: "How many summers do you have left?"

It’s a message about making your time here count. About doing your best every day and being aware of the wonderful possibilities of the world around you. It’s about gratitude and the adventure of a life well lived.

This podcast with Dave is absolutely inspiring. Dave suggests you listen twice, once for the story and wants to absorb the wisdom of a life well lived.


Coming Soon! The Book. Bump In The Road, Stories of Courage, Perseverence and Resilience, an inspiring anthology of overcoming life's bumps. Because everyone needs a bit of inspiration.


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