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Miles from the Sideline: A Mother's Journey With Her Special Needs Daughter Hardcover – March, 2008

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Maura Weis tells her story so completely, so honestly, that you can't help but feel this is happening to you and yours. -- Regis Philbin

This book will touch your heart and your soul. -- Lou Holtz

This is a book of inspiration and a must-read for all parents of children with special needs, professionals, and especially those who enjoy a book written with compassion and a joy of living. -- June Groden, Ph.D., Director, The Groden Center

About the Author

Maura Weis is the co-founder and Chair of Hannah & Friends, which she and her husband Charlie Weis, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, started in 2003 to honor their daughter Hannah and all people with special needs. Maura lived on the East Coast for many years before moving to Notre Dame with Charlie and their children, Charlie Jr. and Hannah. In addition to her dedicated work on behalf of spreading the message of awareness and compassion for people with special needs, she is an accomplished horsewoman. Maura and Charlie's dream is to fund and build a farm for young adults with special needs that will be built in the South Bend area.

Jessica Trobaugh Temple, who wrote the book with Maura Weis, is a 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a lifelong resident of South Bend, Indiana. She won three journalism awards in her ten years as a writer and graphic designer at The South Bend Tribune. She and her husband Kerry became the parents of triplets in August 2004.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books (March 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933495030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933495033
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,617,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Catherine Mayrer on March 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the last 5 years I've read as many books as possible on autism and cerebral palsey... as one of my boys is autistic, and the other has CP. Some books lay claims to "curing" these disorders, others walk you through how to deal with schools and therapists... Maura Weis' book walks you through her families journey so incredibly honest and real, that I felt by the end of the book that I, too, had the ability to deal with my son's disabilities - that I am not alone - and that I can find peace in God's plan for these boys. Many of my friends who do not have special needs children, found it inspirational in their own journeys with different crosses they bear in their lives. Thank you, Maura, for sharing your story to help others.
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It is rare that I start and finish a book in one sitting. I could not put this one down! Maura Weis shared her experiences as the mother of a special needs child with intense honesty and humility. As she exposed her journey from denial to acceptance, I found myself awed by her transformation from the challenges presented in dealing with her daugher's situation to a spiritual awareness and healing. This metamorphosis allowed Maura to tell her readers why she finds it a privilege to be Hannah's mother. Her accounts transform the reader as well. In the beginning, I could completely understand and relate to the questions she had as a mother. Who to trust? What to do? When to do it? Where to go? Why me or why my child? And as Maura unfolded her story, I also completely understood how she was driven to find the answers to those questions. By the book's end, I was no longer reading Maura's mind, knowing how a mother agonizes for her child and will do anything to make things better. I was peering into her soul, understanding how a mother's love is, indeed, orchestrated by God. It is a symphony of faith, hope, and love. And, as demonstrated by Maura Weis, a mother's love is untiring and indestructible. If you are the parent of a special needs child, this book will no doubt validate all of your utmost concerns and give you incredible hope. And if you are not the parent of a special needs child, this book will give you a new awareness and keen compassion for both the child and the parent. The glimpses of Maura's "black-haired, blue-eyed beauty" will make you long to know Hannah, for you will believe that to know her is to love her. Consider this book a retreat, and a spiritual awakening. It is truly a fabulous read!
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A heartfelt story telling the journey of raising a child with special needs. The author does an amazing job of placing her readers in the situation. I laughed, I cried, and I learned. I especially enjoyed the author's view of her circumstances from a spiritual nature. God bless you Maura and Charlie Weis!
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what a wonderfully heartfelt and inspiring read this is. Certainly helps people have more respect for people with special needs, and for their parents/guardians. It is truly a beautiful story and well worth reading.....highly recommended!
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