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Resurrecting Anthony: A True Story of Courage and Destination Perfect Paperback – January 11, 2011
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"Powerful lessons in letting go, being present, failure, belief, goals, perseverance, and making the toughest of decisions - expressed in a way that can only be shared by parents who have eighteen months to save their child. It's a story I shared last night around the dinner table with our own children. Thank you Linda and Tony for this honest account of your family's journey with your son." --Verne Harnish, Author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits
"I want to thank you for the gift of your words in Resurrecting Anthony. You touched me on every level. Yours is a love story as deep and rough and terrible and joyous as there is. Where did your strength come from? How did you not stop, not give up, not quit? Powered by love - that I know." --Tom Redmond, Redmond Group, Inc.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for personally inviting me into your family and your world, and into the "depth of your souls." I am honored and feel privileged to have read this heartbreaking, yet relentlessly inspiring story. Linda and Tony, you have done a brilliant job in weaving your innermost and vulnerable parts of your world for me to experience, and for all readers to experience the roller coaster ride of your life... the good and the unbearable." --Nancy Lorenzano, Ph.D., The Lorenzano Group
"Resurrecting Anthony is inspirational. It made me choke back tears. It made me renew my commitment to be a more dedicated professional educator. It made me renew my focus to be a better husband, a more patient father, and a more caring grandfather. Indeed, it left me with an overwhelming sense of humility. It made my worst days seem mundane and trivial." --Glenn Alexander, Superintendent of Clermont County Ohio Educational Service Center
"Resurrecting Anthony is an unforgettable story of turning tragedy into triumph. Tony and Linda Cole's unyielding determination in the face of adversity will resurrect your courage!" --Roger Crawford, Author How High Can You Bounce? and Think Again!
"Resurrecting Anthony touched my heart. Not because of the pain and emotion that he and his family have experienced, but because of the lessons he teaches all of us. Know what really matters; accept everyone; find joy at being in the present and remember that every day is a gift." --Walt Gerano, Independent Consultant
"Resurrecting Anthony is a source of power and inspiration for everyone. It is a story that opens your eyes and heart to the fragility of life and the reality that, in a blink of an eye, life can change forever. You feel the dedication, acceptance and love of a devastated family and their courage to face reality. Resurrecting Anthony will help you appreciate, accept and value every minute of your life." --Ralph Pim, Author of Perfect Phrases for Coaches Associate Professor & Director of Competitive Sports, Department of Physical Education United States Military Academy at West Point
Exciting news! Resurrecting Anthony recently won a Writer's Digest award in the Life Stories category of the 19th Annual Book Awards. This title garnered 19 of 20 possible points, earning 95% - a nearly perfect score.
Writer's Digest stated Resurrecting Anthony is "as suspenseful as a thriller", adding that it is also a good resource for anyone dealing with significant life challenges.
Are you in need of inspiration or encouragement? Do you need to get out of a rut? Is someone you know struggling? If so, reading Resurrecting Anthony will help with its real-life story full of real-life "stuff". It will offer a look at how Linda and Tony Cole got through the worst of times with humor and grace.
Are you an organization or an association looking for a powerful and captivating speaker? If so, contact us. Tony Cole will relate to your audience and motivate each participant to confront and overcome their personal obstacles. Your group will thank you for bringing them the opportunity to visit with Tony.
Buy Resurrecting Anthony at Amazon.com or resurrectinganthony.com. --Writer's Digest award in the Life Stories category of the 19th Annual Book Awards
"Resurrecting Anthony is a story that will touch any parent. Linda and Tony Cole walk us through the anguish and small triumphs that redefined their lives. It's raw and unblinking in its honesty, pain and tenderness. Discover what this family came to realize: there may not always be an apparent reason, but there is always a way through tragedy." --Anita Williams, Co-founder, Imagination Works, Inc., Author of 60 Second Referral
"An unsparingly honest log of a father's life after his son undergoes a cruel brain injury. If this family can survive and stay upright, you can do anything." --Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life
"Resurrecting Anthony is not just the story of Anthony's brain injury and rehabilitation. It's the story of the journey traveled by Tony and Linda as they changed directions and grew as individuals and as a couple. Every time I wave to Anthony as he is being wheeled by our house, I am inspired by his resilience and determination, and by the Cole family's courage to dream a new dream. Every teacher and every parent who faces life with a child with a disability should read this book!" --Karen A. Matuszek, Coordinator of Special Education Services-Archbishop Moeller High School
"Resurrecting Anthony greatly expanded my awareness of my heart and soul. It gave me the gift of greater appreciation, and more commitment to what I value most. I experienced light beamed deep into remote parts of my consciousness, often bouncing on my conscience; leaving me resolved to change some of my own behaviors." --Paul O'Kelly, Founding Partner of O'KellySutton, Offaly, Ireland
"Resurrecting Anthony is beautifully written and very insightful. I recommend this book to anyone dealing with a child with special needs or who has been faced with traumatic circumstances beyond their control. Being a mother of a child with Autism, this book helped me see that men and women process loss and emotions differently. I know God will use this book to help bring families together, to help restore marriages and to help health care professionals like myself understand the obstacles that our patients and families often face." --Rhonda Fecher, RN, Children's Hospital Medical Center
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Top Customer Reviews
This book was a page turner and I found that once I started I wanted to continue to find out what happened next. The book tugs at the heartstrings and motivates you to do more with your own children and to re-evaluate what is important within your life.
The book helps the reader to better conceptualize what the important moments are within life, especially with kids and lets everyone understand that every moment counts, as you never know when that next moment will cease, or how many moments that you have to share.
The book is a personal story as I mentioned, and it brings the reader along to get a better glimpse at the events that changes the lives of the Cole family. Readers will be drawn to this family, inspired and motivated by their actions and deeds (I know that I was).
This is the type of book that all should read!
The struggle to try to bring back some semblance of who their son was before this happened; to connect with him as a loving parent again knowing he may not even realize what has occurred or is happening around him, is something no parent should have to face. Yet these things happen all the time.
Reading Resurrecting Anthony, you will struggle along with Tony and Linda as they learn everything pertaining to their son's condition, medical treatments, how to care for him, how to stay connected as a family and keep an income coming into the home, plus trying not to ignore their other children's needs. Caring for a child with any disability takes great courage, strength, endurance, and determination. Linda and Tony Cole are such parents and God couldn't have chosen better parents for Tony.
Anthony's incremental progress leads to a series of personal revelations for his father. Tony's test is to understand his new Anthony, whose greatest gift now is the ability to live totally and completely in the moment, the riveting heart of this tender tale.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An inspiring example of commitment, dedication, and love. Some moments are so dramatic, while other so touching, that we begin to realize that miricles are definded in the small... Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Chuck Locy
I have a son that was born with Wolff Parkinson White. He was very sick when he was born emergency c-section 5 weeks early with a rapid heart rate and fetal hydrops. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Lynn
This book really grabbed me. Once you start reading it, it is impossible to stop. It is heartfelt, funny, inspirational, tragic and triumphant. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by McJic