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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.
Years later in 2005, my unborn son was diagnosed in utero missing the back of his brain; a condition called Dandy-Walker Syndrome. We could find no information on the prognosis though the medical professionals told us to expect a grim outcome if he survived to birth.
One of the first calls I received was from Coach Stalling who had somehow heard about the news through church connections. He was retired from football living in Texas and I was living in Maryland. His words from a parent raising a son with special needs to me as a father-to-be about to raise a son with special needs were encouraging, reassuring and just what I needed to hear to get over my own self-absorbed fears and focus on my wife's and son's needs.
There needs to be more books about raising children with disabilities like Dandy-Walker Syndrome and would love to be in touch with others who might be interested in working with you on such a book.
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Gene Stallings is a great man and a wonderful compassionate loving father.Published 8 months ago by Marietta Faulkenberry
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