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For David Hirsch, the Dads Honor Ride was a daunting 2,300+ mile, 21-day journey to honor dads and raise awareness for the importance of fathers and father figures.
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21st Century Dads
by David Hirsch with John St. Augustine

30 Days to Your Special Needs Trust – A Quick Start Guide to Your Special Needs Estate PlanEstate planning is an urgent issue for families who have a member with an intellectual or developmental disability. This crucial planning step can preserve income, health insurance and access to programs to support a person with disabilities, but too many families get stuck and don’t act.
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30 Days To Your Special Needs Trust: A Quick-Start Guide To Your Special-Needs Plan
by Rob Wrubel

Many wives long to have their husbands choose them all over again. To be their knight in shining armor. Their leader. Their listener. Their lover.
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52 Things Wives Need
from Their Husbands
by Jay Payleitner

A biography about the gift of life. When their son was born with a rare chromosome abnormality, the Bandy family chose to cherish every day of his life.
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A Mother’s Search for Meaning
by Roberta Bandy

Eliot wasn’t supposed to make it to full term.At thirty weeks into the pregnancy, Matt and Ginny Mooney were told their child had a genetic disease that made his birth unlikely. If their baby lived, it would be for only hours or perhaps a few days.
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A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot
by Matt Mooney

When beloved University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings's son was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect, doctors predicted he wouldn't live to see his first birthday and urged Coach Stallings and his wife to institutionalize him.
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Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son
by Gene Stallings

If you ask Dr. Harold Reitman, labels are a lousy way to describe a unique human being, whether it's Asperger's, high functioning autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette's or even the so-called neurotypical brain itself. One size does not fit all. Everyone's brain is different.
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Aspertools, The Practical Guide To Understanding And Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Neurodiversity
by Hackie Reitman

Dads have a God-given role to protect and provide for their families, always striving to teach their sons the life skills they'll need to grow into honorable men.
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Better Dads, Stronger Sons
by Rick Johnson

In any community, and particularly in the black community, millions of young men feel the void of a role model. For every absent father there is a man who will step in and be a father figure--whether he is a trustworthy man of God or a dangerous enemy.
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Can I Call You Soldier?
by Dr. Harold D. Davis

New dads, granddads, single dads and dads-to-be - this book offers them all an entertaining and inspiring collection of stories on the triumphs and trials of the amazing journey called fatherhood.
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Chicken Soup for the Father’s Soul
by Jack Canfield

The former Chicago Bears All-Pro middle linebacker discusses fatherhood based on service and spiritual values, not selfishness and material success.
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Daddy’s Home at Last
by Mike Singletary

Dear Father, Dear Son is a personal memoir of Elder's troubled ― one might even say tortured ― relationship with his father, and the astonishing outcome that develops when Elder, at long last, confronts him.
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Dear Father, Dear Son
by Larry Elder

Born a spastic quadraplegic, Rick Hoyt was written off by numerous doctors. They advised his parents, Dick and Judy, to put their firstborn son in an institution. But Rick’s parents refused.
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Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son
by Dick Hoyt with Don Yeager


Michael Beates's concern with disability issues began nearly 30 years ago when his eldest child was born with multiple profound disabilities. The need for church programs and personal paradigm shifts is greater than ever.
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Disability & the Gospel
by Michael S. Beates

A message to fathers about the importance of their role in the family. Fathers keep our homes on course and collision free.
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 The Eyes of the Ship
by Jim Moore

The loss of a child is an unbearably devastating and unthinkable experience. For fathers of loss, it can have the added burden of feeling forgotten or repeatedly overlooked as most around you, perhaps even you yourself, focus all the attention and care on the mother of your child and how she is doing.
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Fathers Speak: On the Death of a Child
by Emily Long

Real Families, Real Needs by Joni and Friends not only answers those questions, but also provides godly advice and spiritual hope for the challenges you face. Divided into five sections written specifically for every member of the family, this book also offers encouragement, Scriptures to lean on, practical ideas, and more.
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Financial Freedom for the Special Needs Family
by Rob Wrubel

Ken Canfield offers a three-part plan. First, a dad should examine his own heart. Next, he should take steps to improve the way he connects with his children. Lastly, he should take a longer range view and plan specifically for a lifetime of involved fathering
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The Heart of a Father: How You Can become a Dad of Destiny
by Ken Canfield

Hope for the Caregiver shares hard-won wisdom from a thirty-year caregiver who reminds fellow caregivers of God's presence, strength, and faithfulness in every circumstance.
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Hope for the Caregiver: Encouraging Words to Strengthen Your Spirit
by Peter Rosenberger

52 stories from kids of all ages. Greg wrote this book in honor of his father, Chubby, and other remarkable parents.
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How Fathers Change Lives
by Greg Hague

Marriage, children, money, and everyday battles take their toll on any parent. This book navigates a clear path through the roller coaster of life. Get ready to laugh, cry, and be motivated by author, Rick Daynes, the keeping-it-real father of five, three of whom have special needs.
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Keep It Together Man
by Rick Daynes

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give a lecture on dying, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer
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The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

The church across North America has struggled to minister effectively with children, teens, and adults with common mental health conditions and their families. One reason for the lack of ministry is the absence of a widely accepted model for mental health outreach and inclusion.
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Mental Health & The Church
by Stephen Grcevich, MD

Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.
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Once Upon a Farm
by Rory Feek

Though born a non-verbal spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, Rick worked diligently with co-author, Todd Civin, to share stories from his incredible life using his one letter at a time method of speaking.
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One Letter at a Time
by Dick & Rick Hoyt with Todd Civin

In parenting eight kids over the last 25 years, Julie Lyles Carr experienced plenty of opportunity for learning, but it was when she began to understand it was about parenting each child according to their own unique needs and personality style that something wonderful happened.
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Raising an Original: Parenting Each Child according to their Unique God-Given Temperament
by Julie Lyles Carr

Author John T. Wagner tells the stories of his son David, a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, and how David has led him more fully to the sacred stories of Jesus. Get ready to be wrapped in pure joy as you meet this little boy who is a gift to all those around him.
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Perfect, Sacred Stories from the Heart of a Dad
by John T. Wagner

Nothing prepares you in life for losing your little girl. It can be a dark and lonely world for a Dad trying to live this life. This isn’t one of those 12 steps on how to deal with grief books, but a story of one Dad finding out his little girl has cancer, her last days, and the year after losing her.
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Pigtails & Steel
by Andy McCall

Prayer is so hard that unless circumstances demand it―an illness, or saying grace at a meal―most of us simply do not pray. Even Christians experience this prayerlessness―a kind of practical unbelief that leaves us marked by fear, anxiety.
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A Praying Life
by Paul E. Miller

Why do so many families with a special needs member buy life insurance they cannot afford, does not meet their protection needs and does not create enough wealth for their families? This book seeks to answer the question and give families the tools to determine how much insurance they need, what they can afford and what type of policy to buy.
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Protect Your Family
by Rob Wrubel

Nick was born without arms or legs. With the help of his parents, Nick has become an internationally-known inspirational speaker, a best-selling author, the founder of the non-profit organization Life Without Limbs and, most importantly, a loving and responsible husband and father himself.
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Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child: Facing Challenges with Strength, Courage, and Hope
by Boris Vujicic

Real Families, Real Needs by Joni and Friends not only answers those questions, but also provides godly advice and spiritual hope for the challenges you face. Divided into five sections written specifically for every member of the family, this book also offers encouragement, Scriptures to lean on, practical ideas, and more.
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Real Families, Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living with Disability
by Joni & Friends, Inc.

Dr. Meg Meeker a reveals that a young woman’s relationship with her father is far more important than we’ve ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father’s attention, protection, courage, and wisdom.
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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
by Meg Meeker, M.D.

Through cutting-edge research and thoughtful personal stories comes a “compassionate, friendly, and empathetic” (Kirkus Reviews) exploration of post-traumatic growth—the emerging idea that psychological trauma doesn’t destroy a person, but can instead spark future growth, self-improvement, and success.
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Upside: The New Science of Post Traumatic Growth
by Jim Rendon

Wayne Messmer's rise to fame as a singer of the National Anthem at major sporting and civic events; his career as a broadcaster, professional speaker and sports personality; and his devastating, near-fatal experience of being shot in the throat as an innocent victim of a random act of violence.
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The Voice of Victory
by Wayne Messmer

When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that meant the boy would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes.
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When Bad Things Happen to Good People
by Harold S Kushner

An inspirational classic for more than thirty years, Where Is God When It Hurts? honestly explores pain--whether physical, emotional, or spiritual--and sheds new light on God's presence in our suffering. Includes a discussion guide.
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Where Is God When It Hurts?
by Phillip Yancy

In this insightful and practical book, Michael Gurian describes what boys need to become strong, responsible, sensitive men. Instead of encouraging us to stifle boys' natural propensities for competition and aggression, Gurian offers effective and practical guidelines for channeling them.
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The Wonder of Boys
by Michael Gurian

This is the life story of Al Lynch in his own words ― an American hero who is now one of only 72 living Medal of Honor recipients. This is the story of a happy boy growing up in Chicagoland’s South Side industrial neighborhoods. His early happiness was almost eradicated by several years of intense bullying, though he found ways to overcome that experience.
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Zero To Hero
Allen Lynch