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Another Season: A Coach's Story of Raising an Exceptional Son Paperback – October 7, 2009
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Many have commented on the way the author plainly tells his early disappointments, fears, and frustrations at having his only son be born with such apparent limitations. I, too, initially felt uncomfortable. However, I came to admire Mr. Stallings' willingness to expose to scorn the ideas that he had back in the 1960s and 70s, ideas that over the course of the book he does slowly show to have been mistaken. By the end of the book it is clear he realizes that people born with Down syndrome are far more capable and have a more meaningful life than was dreamed of at the time John Mark was born. The narrative also puts into perspective the origins of those ideas.
The end result is an honest portrait by an unfailingly honest man, and the book shows the strong and loving relationship between Johnny and his father today.
ANOTHER SEASON is one of those very extraordinary books that takes hold of the reader's attention in a powerful way that transcends language. It's certainly a great read--at times, even very enjoyable, as Coach Stallings describes various triumphs on the football field. But, at times, it's also painful, and painfully honest...maybe even gut-wrenching. One admires Coach Stallings for his candor and vulnerability; one envies the deep love between he and his son, John Mark.
Through it all, we get a moving portrait of a caring, honorable, courageous family and get a glimpse into a father-son relationship that sets an example of what any father or son could hope for in terms of love, devotion, faithfulness, and friendship. John Mark Stallings is a heroic young man born with Down Syndrome. He has defied all odds, surviving and living with it, and touching millions of lives in the process. This young man has taught so many people how to live a life filled with meaning, purpose, and love, just like his famous daddy.
This story is personal to me in many ways: I have a close relative who has lived with a particular developmental challenge ever since her birth, and we love her dearly--she adds great richness to our family, despite her difficulties. It's also personal to me because I am a life-long Alabama Crimson Tide football fan, and I lived in Alabama during that glorious 1992-1993 National Championship season.Read more ›
On an emotional level, seeing that even someone so involved in something as football knows that hsi family is his first priority, really affected me. As a divorced, professional mother of 2 small children, I often get my priorites out of order. When I am frusterated with my children's behavior, I often remember how Coach accepts Johnny and does not expect things from him that he cannot do. Reading "Another Season" has helped me to slow down, enjoy my children, have reasonable expectations from them, and really enjoy them.
I was also able to astonish friends and co-workers with my football knowlege when I was correctly named the Miami player George Teague took a ball away from in that infamous Sugar Bowl game.
Thank you Coach Stalling and Johnny.
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Gene Stallings is a great man and a wonderful compassionate loving father.Published 2 months ago by Marietta Faulkenberry
I read this book with great interest. It is an indelible portrait of a man from another time whose struggles are very relevant to our own day. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Avid reader in New Jersey
A great story of a Coach's personal life with his challenged son. I can relate to this book in many ways. This will touch your heart.Published on November 19, 2013 by Dana
A great story, one which shows a Coach who cares as much about winning in life as on the field! He turned his son into a winner and used his story and his celebrity status to help... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Cynthia M. Reynolds