Alone in a Crowd : One Mentor, One Child, One Journey

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-08
  • Publisher: Power Pub

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This is the true story of Lee, a "fat, throwaway kid" born into financial and emotional poverty as the child of an alcoholic father. His ability to mentally "remove himself," even in a crowd of people, was a coping mechanism Lee used to escape his painful circumstances. Though plagued with a constant cycle of disappointment and failure, Lee found in the midst of his challenges the blessing of significant people who helped set him on a better path. This unique true narrative is told through a series of meetings between Lee and an educator who saw something special in Lee at age 12 and ultimately accompanied Lee through his extraordinary journey into his adult life. Alone in a Crowd is a must read for anyone who desires to make an indelible, positive impact on children. Book jacket.

Author Biography

This is Dr. Long's third book, his most personal, following Leadership Tripod and They Called Him Joe. Al also does motivational speaking and conducts various seminars including Power Planning, differentiation, communication, sales and others for public and private organizations. He is a full-time professor at Indiana Wesleyan University where he spends most of his time training leaders. He and his wife Carol founded Power Ventures, Inc., and work each day with their sons Tad, Brad and Chad. Al can be contacted through his website at www.drallong.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. x
The Journey Beginsp. 1
The First Breakthroughp. 5
The Early Yearsp. 9
The First of Many Movesp. 13
The First Thread in the Fabric of Lee's Life: Peoplep. 17
The Unhealthy Thread of Foodp. 21
Be Aware and Carep. 25
Another Thread: Teachersp. 31
The Faith Threadp. 37
Not Just Outsiders Tear Downp. 43
Evidence of Changep. 47
The Downward Spiralp. 49
The Thin Thread of Familyp. 55
Some Insightsp. 63
A Bit of Analysisp. 73
Another Move...And Then We Meetp. 81
Teachers' Impactsp. 87
The Middle School Yearsp. 95
Weighty Issuesp. 99
The Work of Life Beginsp. 105
The Surface Transformation Continuesp. 113
Significant Events and Meeting the Significant Otherp. 117
Those Remaining High School Yearsp. 129
College Dreams, With Harsh Realityp. 137
Journey From Being Served to Servingp. 145
The Next Movep. 759
Launching Into Leadershipp. 165
The Truth Revealedp. 773
Epiloguep. 179
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