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  • Help Yourself
  • The Real Heroes
  • Help Yourself for Teens
  • Writers Studio Session


Author | Motivation | Personal Development


Dave Pelzer is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author, #1 International Best Selling Author, and a recipient of The National Jefferson Award. In a word, he embodies Esprit: Spirit, Humor & Wit. As a child, his resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, for over 25 years, his inspirational work has encouraged countless organizations and millions of individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions.

Dave Pelzer has experienced a truly extraordinary life. He nearly died several times by the hands of his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother. Years later it was determined that his case was identified as one of the most gruesome and extreme cases of child abuse in California’s then history.

At age 12, Mr. Pelzer was finally rescued and placed in a series of foster homes until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 18. Even with all that was against him, he was determined to better himself—no matter what the odds.

As a member of the Armed Forces, Dave Pelzer was handpicked to midair refuel the highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117 Stealth Fighter, which played a major role in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm. While serving on active duty and maintaining a rigorous flight schedule, Dave Pelzer made time to give of himself. In 1990, he was the recipient of the JC Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year.

Some of Dave Pelzer’s distinctive accomplishments have been recognized through a number of prestigious awards, as well as personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush. In 1993, Mr. Pelzer was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. He joins a distinguished group including: John F. Kennedy, Anne Bancroft, and Christopher Reeves.

In 1994, Mr. Pelzer was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Person of the World! In 1996, he carried the coveted Centennial flame for the Olympic Games. Dave was paid tribute as the recipient of the 2005 National Jefferson Award. Other alumni of this award include Colin Powell, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Bob Hope.

Dave Pelzer is the author of seven inspirational books. Dave’s latest book, Moving Forward deals with helping people take the lead in their lives. His first book, A Child Called “It”, was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for over 6 years and his books have been on the same Best Sellers List approaching 13 years combined. As an author, Mr. Pelzer is the first to have four # 1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Mr. Pelzer is a living testament of a self-made man, who as an optimist strongly exudes resilience, service to humankind, personal responsibility, and faith in humanity. His unique and intriguing outlook on life, coupled with his “Robin Williams” like wit and sense of humor entertain and encourage all of us to truly commit to overcome any challenge, while living life to its fullest.

For over two decades, Dave Pelzer has dedicated his life helping others . . . to help themselves. While many make excuses and seem pessimistic, he carries the banner in a nation where opportunities are endless in what he calls “The Greatness of America”. And, through his work, you will too.

BOOKS    Search For A Book

  • Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life (2009)
  • The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager's Story (2004)
  • A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness (2000)
  • The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family (1997)
  • A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive (1995)

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