A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness

A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness


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A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness by Dave Pelzer, Brian Keeler

"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were 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. But even after he was rescued, his life remained 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 adversity.

With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how a lost, nameless boy finally found himself in the heart and soul of a man who is free at last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788795626
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/19/2002

About the Author

Dave Pelzer - A retired Air Force crewmember, Dave played a major role in Operations Just cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was selected for the unique task of midair refueling of the then highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird and F0117 Stealth Fighter. While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall and other programs involving "youth at risk" throughout California.

Dave's exceptional accomplishments include personal commendations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. While maintaining a rigorous, active-duty flight schedule, Dave was the recipient of the 1990 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year. In 1993 Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA), joining a distinguished group of alumni that includes Chuck Yeager, Christopher Reeve, Anne Bancroft, John F. Kennedy, Orson Welles and Walt Disney. In 1994 Dave was the only American to be selected as one of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), for his efforts including child abuse awareness and prevention, as well as for instilling resilience in others. During the Centennial Olympic games, Dave was a torchbearer, carrying the coveted flame.

Dave is currently working on a book based on overcoming obstacles and achieving one's innermost best, as well as on the third part of his trilogy, entitled, A Man Named Dave.

When not on the road or with his son, Stephen, Dave lives a quiet life at the Russian River in Guerneville, California, with his box turtle named Chuck.


Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Daly City, California


High School equivalency certificate

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story which will deeply affect you. It's a reminder that there are children in our own neighborhoods who may be in desperate need. It's also a call that no matter how you've suffered, you can still take responsibility for your life and turn suffering into compassion. Dave Pelzer is a true hero and his story is well worth reading and taking to heart. I would choose to spend a day with David Pelzer, for his wisdom, courage, humanity and ability to forgive. In this third book of David's trilogy, the adult years, he shows us the true meaning of forgiveness. He is living proof that until one can honestly look into their heart and forgive the abuser, one cannot truly begin to heal. With that healing process, comes peace of mind, self-worth and the realization that the world can become as beautiful and fulfilling as you choose to make it. This book is about the compassion and forgiveness the author finds in the face of horrible abuse. In the first two book we all felt the author's natural reactions to his abuse. Now in the third book the author gives us the solution. Not the solution to abuse but the solution for all victims of abuse - compassion and forgiveness.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the 3rd in a series. It was nice to know what happened to Dave, but it did not hold my interest like the previous books. If you read the first book (A child called "it"), and it grabs your attention, you probably will want to continue on to "The Lost Boy" and finally onto this book, but I would not recommend this book as a "stand alone"read.
puchiAR More than 1 year ago
love the two other books , it makes you feel bless on what you have , can't wait to read the third one . These books make you wonder why does GOD give children to this monsters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book yet I read the other two, I am not very big on reading and being in the army doesn't give me much time to read but i made time to read these books and they are heartbreaking, i wanted to just reach thru the book and snach him out of that horrible live, i would recomend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Considering that I had not read the prequels to this book, I was really surprised how quickly I was able to understand what had happened to this character. This story, I'm sure for anyone who reads it, is a big eye opener as to how many kids could be neglected and abused on a regular basis and many people don’t even notice. The story starts out with Dave as a young child and many different instances as to when his “Mother” was abusing him. Many people in the story, including his teachers, knew something wasn’t right when he would fall asleep in class and have bruises everywhere. Anytime the marks his mother gave him were visible she would come up with stories like, him and his other brothers were wrestling and happened to get hurt. As the story goes on Dave gets put up for adoption and never sees his mother again till about 12 years later. In a Man Named Dave, he is all grown up and has a wife named Patsy and a son. He is able to get psychiatric help and finally be a free person who can really live his life without any disturbances. There are many things I really liked about this book and one of the main ones would be the beginning of the book. He involves the reader to the point of feeling like you were living this nightmare with Dave in the basement. One of the things I wasn’t so fond of in this book was how the relationship with Patsy just kept dragging on for chapters and chapters and how there relationship was always on the rocks. I would definitely recommend this reading to anyone. I didn’t realize how many kids do get abused and how hidden it can be from the outside world. Once you start reading this book it's hard to put it down. I am a wiser person because of this story and hopefully someone who could identify abuse if I ever saw it in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave Pelzer's books are excellent to read and understand. This type of abuse happens more times than anyone wants to believe. I spoke with a victim of child sexual abuse and she said one of the reasons she didn't tell is because what he did to her was so horrific that she didn't think anyone would believe her! And she was probably right - she is an adult now. I applaud Mr. Pelzer for having the courage that it must've taken to write and publish these books, and I thank him for helping me to learn and understand child abuse a bit better. If we can all start to talk about it more openly with our children and create an enviornment in which they feel safe (I don't think children who are being abused ever feel totally safe) to bring up such topics, maybe some will tell. We have to keep learning and we have to pull our heads out ot the sand and acknowledge what happens to our children, otherwise we can't help them. I just read a book called "Daddy's Hands," by Rita Makela. This story is about a little girl who is getting sexually abused. It is well written and it takes you into the mind of a little girl who is living through that type of trauma. It is so hard to comprehend how someone could do such things to children, but they do. Be warned, though, "Daddy's Hands" is very realistic, blunt, raw, and has several explicitly sexual scenes in them. They are disturbing to read, but so helpful to understanding.
Edie Jansen More than 1 year ago
All of daves books are hart breaking but once u start u cant stop if dave reads this i feel so bad for you but just look at what u have acomplished i absolutly love your books
Carol Jones More than 1 year ago
im only 14 but i fell in love with this book! so good!
morgnlovesyou More than 1 year ago
well dave is grown up and gone to the air force to live the dream he wanted but one tragic day a phone call from his foster mom crying saying thatthe one and only parent he loved was dieing in the hospital so he rushes home to go see his father after their loving kinda talking screaming and crying he goes to his mother and trys to talk her into going to the hospital to see dad but it gets him nowere but in his car going to the hospital alone see what happends next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book that highlights Dave's compassion even after his tortuous childhood. There's a strong lesson to be learned and Dave does it in his quiet and caring way. This book made me smile but it also made me cry. It gives a person a lot of perspective and I think back to parts of it even though it's been a month since I read his story. For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that "When God Stopped Keeping Score" was just about overcoming forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. The author actually pulls back the curtain to his own life, to offer an intimate look at the true power of forgiveness and reveals the emotional price that you must be willing to pay to live without it. All of this, while still offering up interesting and often tear worthy stories that showed you just how you should deal with friends, family and more importantly, yourself when things do go wrong. The author more importantly reveals the key to keeping these relationships strong even in the face of adversity. Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe that's because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it for yourself. It is on sale here on BN.com.
Olivia-Covarrubias More than 1 year ago
The story begins with the introduction of the characters. The main character is Dave Pelzer and he is described as strong and courageous. He believes that “...I’m going to make something of myself’ (97) Another important character is Catherine Pelzer who is more commonly known as “The Mother”. The Mother is the woman who destroyed Dave’s childhood with her horrible abuse. Dave was able to get out of the house and was adopted by a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Alice Turnbough. At 18, he joined the air force and got assigned as a food service specialist which was far from what he wanted to do, which was to become a fireman after his father. His father died of cancer and left Dave his fireman badge which Dave keeps close to him. Dave ends up marrying and having a child with a woman named Patsy who often took advantage of Dave although she really did love him. His son, Steven , has been Daves driving force to go around to foster homes of abused children and encouraging them to not give up. The mother often haunted him in his dreams but he ended up on good terms with her before she died. I enjoyed this book because it’s very encouraging and it shows me that people are able to go through traumatising things and still are able to make a meaning for their lives. Also, it’s interesting to see the live of someone who’s been abused because many people don’t have to live through that. In addition, this story is just very entertaining and never ceased to amaze me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book was as touching as all the rest. I especially liked the part about his wife, Marsha, I got butterflies. This man is an inspiration and I'm so glad that he was brave enough to tell his story, the whole story to the world. As a victim of child abuse, it's encouraging to see a story of someone who made it good, and stopped the cycle.
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dragoneyes More than 1 year ago
Heartwrenching in the extent of abuse, deplorable situations his "mother" puts him thru, but he is a fighter and very courageous.  Great book
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Love it
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I love the first two books and i cant wait to read this one but the child called it the first one is the sadest book i ever read i think i threw my nook a couple of times because the mother made me so mad
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I know u r the real mack