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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

60 board-certified doctors and men’s health experts offer advice and insider secrets that men over 35 need to recover and maintain their physical, mental, and sexual health to feel great, look good, and have better intimacy.
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The 21st Century Man
by by MD Judson Brandeis

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

What would you do if you were at rock bottom? Where would you go? A boy, born with dwarfism, changed his family forever. Experience his struggle with survival, his amazing strength, and his family's amazing story of A New Kind of Normal with which they are faced.
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A New Kind Of Normal
by Dr. Greg Pursley


A Parent’s Guide to Autism offers interviews from forty experts, exclusive teaching on bully-proofing children, as well as practical wisdom, biblical knowledge, and life experiences from Ron Sandison
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A Parent’s Guide To Autism
by Ron Sandison

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

Another Kind of Courage will guide men who find themselves in a situation they never expected: leading a family affected by disability. Filled with insights and personal stories from other men who have faced similar situations, this book offers encouragement, strength and hope to help men stand strong for their families.
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Another Kind of Courage
by Doug Mazza & Steve Bundy

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

Optimism is your secret weapon in business and in life. In Jim Stovall's latest book, The Art of Optimism, he uses stories, studies, and personal experience to illustrate how adopting an attitude of optimism can change your life.
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The Art of Optimism
by Jim Stovall

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 David Geslak

An Exercise Program to Boost Body Image, Motor Skills, Posture and Confidence in Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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The Autism Exercise Handbook
by David Geslak

This new audiobook is first in a series of inspirational stories about fathers raising children with special needs. This audiobook features 12 fathers raising children with autism, selected from the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, including the actor Joe Mantegna, who also provided a forward.
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Autism Stories
David Hirsch, Joe Mantegna, Tom Couch

Be a Better Dad Today! is a global bestseller for a reason: it's one of the best books on fatherhood you will ever read. Warmly endorsed by dozens of America's best-known and most respected fathers, the book lays out the "Ten Tools of Fatherhood" that will help every dad who uses them.
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Be a Better Dad Today!
Gregory Slayton

Being a parent today is more challenging than ever. In our current environment, it often feels like we can’t keep up with this ever changing world.
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Be a Better Parent
Dr. Bob Franks

Showcasing page after page of breathtaking photos and life-changing inspiration from champion surfer and Christian role model Bethany Hamilton, Be Unstoppable is a beautiful gift of encouragement for any young adult to boldly follow your passions, live in faith, and be unstoppable as well.
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Be Unstoppable
by Bethany Hamilton

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

Frank McKinney continues his international bestseller tradition of delivering contrarian perspectives and strategies for generational success in real estate. Frank McKinney helps you wash away the worry—the anxiety financial theorists and misguided media constantly dump into the real-estate marketplace.
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Burst This!
by Frank McKinney

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?
Dr. Harold D. Davis

Lieutenant General Joseph Salvatore, Husband and Father of a large family, is a man’s man. At age 48 he is still one of the deadliest men on the planet, able to kill an enemy with his bare hands, and with the same hands tenderly caress his wife and children.
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Catholic Joe Superhero
 by Steve Thomas

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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Championship Fathering
by Carey Casey

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

Discover how to successfully and efficiently calm an angry person or diffuse a volatile situation in ninety seconds or less with this proven and accessible peacekeeping method by self-described “lawyer turned peacemaker” Douglas E. Noll.
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by Douglas E. Noll

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

An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more inclusive place.
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Demystifying Disability
by Emily Ladau

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


An inspiring and informative book that offers both hope and encouragement In these pages, Temple presents the personal success stories of fourteen unique individuals that illustrate the extraordinary potential of those on the autism spectrum.
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Different Not Less
by Temple Grandin

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

From the SFN Dad to Dad Podcasts. This new audiobook is second in a series of inspirational stories about fathers raising children with special needs.
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Down Syndrome Stories
by David Hirsch and Mark Cronin

Traveling to study in France for the summer, Canadian college student Kerry Samuels made a stop that would change his life. A mother's promise that transformed her son's breakthrough info a beacon of hope.
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 Dreams Never Dreamed
by Kalman Samuels 

The honest, relatable, actionable roadmap to the practicalities of parenting a disabled child, featuring personal stories, expert interviews, and the foundational information parents need to know about topics including diagnosis, disability rights, and what life looks like as a parent caregiver.
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Everything No One Tells You
by Kelley Coleman

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

We all have the same amount of time. With that said, how do some people do so much with their time and others so little? They have unlocked the secret of how to compress time and quicken the time it takes to go from where they were to where they wanted to go.
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Fix Your BS
by Dr. Greg Pursley

Four Laws of Love represents the culmination of Jimmy Evans’ influential career. In this deeply personal book, Jimmy Evans outlines the foundational pillars upon which God designed marriage.
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The Four Laws of Love: Guaranteed Success for Every Married Couple
by Jimmy Evans

A Father's journey of love, lies, loss and learning to live one day at a time.
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The Fun Master
By Jeff Seitzer

Families of individuals with specials needs often feel lost, confused and alone. Knowing you are not alone and that there are many to reach out to is a huge help.
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The Gift I Was Given
by Mary Anne Ehlert

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

Adam Grant weaves together groundbreaking evidence, surprising insights, and vivid storytelling that takes us from the classroom to the boardroom, the playground to the Olympics, and underground to outer space.
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Hidden Potential
by Adam Grant

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

When a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief."Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form," says Megan Devine. "It is a natural and sane response to loss." So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible?
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It’s OK That You’re Not OK
by Megan Devine

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

In The Leader within Us, business leader and experienced mentor Warren Rustand finally puts in writing the basic principles of what he calls a life by design― that is, a life that, through deliberate choice and hard work, reflects the vision and aspirations of the person living it.
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The Leader Within Us
by Watson-Canfield

Many great father-daughter books highlight the benefits of being an engaged father, cite statistics about the impact fathers have on a daughter's life, and give practical advice about how to foster such relationships.
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Let’s Talk Conversation Starters For Dads & Daughters
by Michelle Watson-Canfield

When life looks radically different than the plan we have for ourselves, it's the lucky few that recognize God's plan is best. That's what adoptive mom Heather Avis learned, and that's the invitation of this book.
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The Lucky Few
by Heather Avis

The American Founders believed that a republic depends on certain masculine virtues. Senator Josh Hawley thinks they were right. In a bold new book, he calls on American men to stand up and embrace their God-given responsibility as husbands, fathers, and citizens.
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by Josh Hawley

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

When networking, connecting, and giving collide you create the NCG Factor, an explosive formula for fast- tracking anybody to authentic, powerful, life-changing personal and business relationships.
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NCG Factor
by Larry Kaufman

The first of its kind, it is the result of the authors' original research- which examines the data retrieved from a survey given to 150 older autistic adults worldwide.
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Older Autistic Adults: In Their Own Words: The Lost Generation
Lcsw Wake PH D, Eric Endlich PH D, Robert S Lagos

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 this exhilarating and inspirational memoir, the first man with cerebral palsy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and complete the brutal Ironman competition shares the exhilarating adventure that led to his achievements.
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One More Step
by Bonner Paddock and Neal Bascomb

Bestselling author Jim Stovall’s offers a rare combination of tear-jerking emotion, powerful wisdom, and inspiring hope. Written in Stovall’s signature easy and economical style, the story is told through the perspective of Glen Fullerton, “a man for the last forty-two years in the Truman High universe, simply known as Coach.”
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One Season of Hope
by Jim Stovall

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

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

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.
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Real Families, Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living with Disability
by Joni & Friends, Inc.

The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door.
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Richer than a Millionaire
by William D. Danke and Richard J. Van Ness

Nothing about Lori Van Dusen's childhood indicated she'd become one of the nation's top independent financial advisors. She was born prematurely on the wrong side of the tracks and with a genetic blood disorder.
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Running With Grace
by Lori Van Dusen

When life deals you a particularly difficult blow or a staggering loss, how do you handle it? The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit reveals the thirty essential keys to emotional and spiritual resiliency.
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The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit
by Azim Khamisa and Jillian Quinn

Have you ever wondered what it would take to be a better leader, or achieve your wildest dreams, or make a bigger difference in the world? The answer lies in the choices you make: about everything from how you spend your time to the way you view the world.
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Smart Leadership: Four Simple Choices To Scale Your Impact
by Mark Miller

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.

The 25th anniversary edition of this seminal work on autism and neurodiversity provides “a uniquely fascinating view” (Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don’t Understand) of the differences in our brains, and features updated research and insights. With a foreword by Oliver Sacks.
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Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin

In this fast-paced book, Ron Sandison, an autistic prodigy and theologian, examines our presuppositions and their impact on our perspective and interpretation of life.
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Thought Choice Action, Decision-Making That Releases The Holy Spirit’s Power
by Ron Sandison

A compelling collection of essays by fathers who were asked to reflect and write about the life-altering experience of having a child with a disability.
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Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child With a Disability
by Donald J. Meyer

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

Based on his landmark research and teachings, Dr. John Demartini has discovered the key to fulfillment in all aspects of life.
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The Values Factor: The Secret
to Creating an Inspired and Fulfilling Life
Dr. John F. Demartini

Views from the Spectrum shares the inspiring stories of twenty amazing young adults with autism and how each of their family's unwavering support and faith in God led them to accomplish what was thought impossible.
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Views From The Spectrum: A Window Into Life & Faith With Your Neurodivergent Child
by Ron Sandison

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

How do you find freedom from outmoded and destructive patterns of behavior that keep you from achieving success in your roles as partner, father, husband, leader, and friend? Most men aren't aware that the old model of masculinity is outdated and ineffective in today's culture.
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Wake Up, Man Up, Step Up
by Ray Arata

Parents confronted with their child receiving a diagnosis of developmental delay or disability are often devastated by this unexpected reality.
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What I Wish I Knew Back Then: A Physical Therapist and Mother’s Perspective of Raising Her Child With Cerebral Palsy
by Marsh Naidoo

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