The Warner boys Our family's story of autism and hope

Ana Warner

Book - 2018

"An emotional, revealing memoir of one family's life in seclusion--and the love, strength, and faith it took to save it. Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt's retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnos...ed with severe autism ... Now after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation. Above all, it's a story of the life-changing truth that love for family and each other--no matter how challenged--is the path to healing and peace ..."--Dust jacket front flap.

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Published
New York : Little A [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
186 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
1503901467
9781503900561
1503900568
9781503901469
Main Author
Ana Warner (author)
Other Authors
Curt Warner (author), Dave Boling
  • The diagnosis
  • Coal country to the NFL
  • On bended knee
  • Ryan Warner never cried
  • The Warner boys
  • Now what?
  • Fighting back
  • Our own private island
  • Ending it ...
  • Puberty was a nightmare
  • She's one tough cookie
  • The house is on fire
  • When the smoke cleared
  • Big brother
  • A light in the dark
  • Finding our way
  • Trials and errors
  • The costs
  • Accentuating the positives
  • Tested by fire
  • Austin and Christian as young men
  • Warners at work
  • Recovery and controversy
  • The next chapter
  • You are not alone.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Although they were at first reluctant to share their story, Ana and Curt Warner have written a memoir that could reach readers on many levels. Those interested in sports will appreciate learning more about star NFL athlete Curt; people of faith will appreciate the impact that faith has had on the couple's lives; and, finally, people touched by autism will find relief in knowing that families in similar situations can not only survive but thrive. Parents going through significant struggles with their children may find it encouraging that the Warners found hope after their twin sons' diagnosis with severe autism. People with autism and their families often differ in their opinions of autism's root causes, how people on the spectrum should be identified, and how to define success. Rather than supporting one side or argument over another, the authors depict how they achieved what all parents want: the best possible lives for their children. They first told their story at a National Autism Conference in 2013 and are now sharing it more publicly through speaking engagements, their involvement with organizations supporting people with autism, and this book. The Warner Boys is a must-buy for every public library collection. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In an unflinching account of parenthood, Ana and Curt Warner, in alternating chapters, confront the emotional challenges and rigors of raising twins diagnosed with autism. Curt, a former running back for the Seattle Seahawks, retired in 1990; after a stillbirth, Curt and Ana had a son and, in 1993, Ana gave birth to twins, Austin and Christian. By age five, the twins began exhibiting peculiar behavior, including eating books and uncontrolled temper tantrums. The two were diagnosed with autism, and the news tested the Warners' religious faith and marriage, yet, as Curt writes, they worked together and were boosted as "our love for one another forged and tempered to even greater strength and depth." The Warners sought advice from therapists and doctors, and while some treatments helped, Ana acknowledges, "new and changing symptoms kept us from closing in on anything that worked for very long." The couple fell from the public eye as they tried to steady their lives, which included the adoption of a girl named Isabella. Throughout, the Warners share statistics from their research ("the internet became my classroom and my library," writes Ana) for instance, one in 68 children in America has autism. Occasionally harrowing yet healing and transformative, this memoir of love and faith shows no situation is beyond hope. (Dec.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An emotional, revealing memoir of one family’s life in seclusion—and the love, strength, and faith it took to save it.Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt’s retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism. What followed was a painful struggle to hold their family and their marriage together in a home filled with chaos, emotional exhaustion, and constant fear for the safety of their unpredictable but beloved boys.Now, after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation. Above all, it’s a story of the life-changing truth that love for family and each other—no matter how challenged—is the path to healing and peace.The Warner Boys is the true story of a family who fought for their children and how they grew stronger against all odds.