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Title:
The Warner boys : our family's story of autism and hope
ISBN:
9781503901469

9781503900561
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little A, [2018]
Physical Description:
186 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents:
The diagnosis -- Coal country to the NFL -- On bended knee -- Ryan Warner never cried -- The Warner boys -- Now what? -- Fighting back -- Our own private island -- Ending it ... -- Puberty was a nightmare -- She's one tough cookie -- The house is on fire -- When the smoke cleared -- Big brother -- A light in the dark -- Finding our way -- Trials and errors -- The costs -- Accentuating the positives -- Tested by fire -- Austin and Christian as young men -- Warners at work -- Recovery and controversy -- The next chapter -- You are not alone.
Summary:
"An emotional, revealing memoir of one family's life in seclusion--and the love, strength, and faith it took to save it. Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt's retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism ... Now after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation. Above all, it's a story of the life-changing truth that love for family and each other--no matter how challenged--is the path to healing and peace ..."--Dust jacket front flap.
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An emotional, revealing memoir of one family's life in seclusion--and the love, strength, and faith it took to save it.

Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt's retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism. What followed was a painful struggle to hold their family and their marriage together in a home filled with chaos, emotional exhaustion, and constant fear for the safety of their unpredictable but beloved boys.

Now, after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation. Above all, it's a story of the life-changing truth that love for family and each other--no matter how challenged--is the path to healing and peace.

The Warner Boys is the true story of a family who fought for their children and how they grew stronger against all odds.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In an unflinching account of parenthood, Ana and Curt Warner, in alternating chapters, confront the emotional challenges and rigors of raising twins diagnosed with autism. Curt, a former running back for the Seattle Seahawks, retired in 1990; after a stillbirth, Curt and Ana had a son and, in 1993, Ana gave birth to twins, Austin and Christian. By age five, the twins began exhibiting peculiar behavior, including eating books and uncontrolled temper tantrums. The two were diagnosed with autism, and the news tested the Warners' religious faith and marriage, yet, as Curt writes, they worked together and were boosted as "our love for one another forged and tempered to even greater strength and depth." The Warners sought advice from therapists and doctors, and while some treatments helped, Ana acknowledges, "new and changing symptoms kept us from closing in on anything that worked for very long." The couple fell from the public eye as they tried to steady their lives, which included the adoption of a girl named Isabella. Throughout, the Warners share statistics from their research ("the internet became my classroom and my library," writes Ana) for instance, one in 68 children in America has autism. Occasionally harrowing yet healing and transformative, this memoir of love and faith shows no situation is beyond hope. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Although they were at first reluctant to share their story, Ana and Curt Warner have written a memoir that could reach readers on many levels. Those interested in sports will appreciate learning more about star NFL athlete Curt; people of faith will appreciate the impact that faith has had on the couple's lives; and, finally, people touched by autism will find relief in knowing that families in similar situations can not only survive but thrive. Parents going through significant struggles with their children may find it encouraging that the Warners found hope after their twin sons' diagnosis with severe autism. People with autism and their families often differ in their opinions of autism's root causes, how people on the spectrum should be identified, and how to define success. Rather than supporting one side or argument over another, the authors depict how they achieved what all parents want: the best possible lives for their children. They first told their story at a National Autism Conference in 2013 and are now sharing it more publicly through speaking engagements, their involvement with organizations supporting people with autism, and this book. The Warner Boys is a must-buy for every public library collection.--Joyce McIntosh Copyright 2018 Booklist


Table of Contents

Authors' Notep. xiii
Chapter 1 The Diagnosisp. 1
Chapter 2 Coal Country to the NFLp. 11
Chapter 3 On Bended Kneep. 27
Chapter 4 Ryan Warner Never Criedp. 36
Chapter 5 The Warner Boysp. 45
Chapter 6 Now What?p. 52
Chapter 7 Fighting Backp. 59
Chapter 8 Our Own Private Islandp. 69
Chapter 9 Ending Itp. 79
Chapter 10 Puberty Was a Nightmarep. 84
Chapter 11 She's One Tough Cookiep. 91
Chapter 12 The blouse Is on Firep. 96
Chapter 13 When the Smoke Clearedp. 106
Chapter 14 Big Brotherp. 113
Chapter 15 A Light in the Darkp. 117
Chapter 16 Finding Our Wayp. 121
Chapter 17 Trials and Errorsp. 130
Chapter 18 The Costsp. 136
Chapter 19 Accentuating the Positivesp. 141
Chapter 20 Tested by Firep. 148
Chapter 21 Austin and Christian as Young Menp. 155
Chapter 22 Warners at Workp. 160
Chapter 23 Recovery and Controversyp. 164
Chapter 24 The Nest Chapterp. 173
Chapter 25 You Are Not Alonep. 176
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
About the Authorsp. 187