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Where Is Robert?: A Mother's Heartrending Journeyby Russell W. Moore
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This book exposes a provocative true story of triumph over tragedy. It provides a powerful account of a mothers courage and spiritual strength during a life fraught with an incredible succession of misfortunes, trauma, and death. The story focuses on Robert Thompson, the eighth of ten children. During the morning of Christmas Eve, 1977, fourteen-year-old Robert was roughhousing with two younger brothers while awaiting the call for breakfast. Moments before their mother made that call, Robert became upset and left the house, never to be seen or heard from again. He was the subject of a massive search that ended in shock and horror when his skeletal remains were discovered in the chimney of an abandoned halfway house a few blocks from the family home. Not only does this story reveal the power of the human spirit, it also challenges our own inner strength and philosophy of life.
About the Author
Russell W. Moore was born and raised in the South Los Angeles community of Watts, which is infamously recognized as the flash point of catastrophic riots in 1955 that spearheaded an era of civil and racial uprisings of proportions never before seen in America. An only child, much of his formative years were spent under the roof and guidance of his maternal grandparents while his parents worked at night. Unable to connect with a network that was genuinely dedicated to abandoning the racial barriers that still existed in the late 1960s, he found the challenges and opportunities to have a positive impact on the lives of troubled youth highly rewarding from the authoritative role of a probation officer. A year after joining the Probation Department, Russell entered graduate studies at USCs School of Public Administration, earning an MPA in 1973. He spent fifteen years as a supervisor before retiring in 2003, after thirty-three years of public service.
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