Sunday, October 2, 2016

Gathering Courage by T.A. McMullin: Review + Giveaway


GATHERING COURAGE
A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, 
Adversity, and a Reading Disability
by
T.A. McMullin
Genre: Inspirational Memoir
Publisher: Gathering Courage Media
Date of Publication: January 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 222

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Why do some people find success despite hardships and 
others sink into a pit of despair?
Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability by T.A. “Terry” McMullin is the author's incredible, award-winning memoir meant to inspire hope and encouragement to those who are going through tough times.

Terry dusted off the hurt from abandonment, rejection by her adoptive parents, dyslexia, shock of placement in a foster home, and a life-altering accident. Her faith and tenacity along with the internal desire to overcome is thought provoking as Terry worked her way through Texas A&M University. Terry’s life transformed from a broken-hearted child who could barely make out words in elementary school to a distinguished educator and writer who encourages young people to work hard and achieve their greatest aspirations.

Any reader who loves a true story with a Christian focus should definitely read this book. Learn about the special love for rescued animals and how they played a part in healing hurts and encouraging success.


PRAISE FOR GATHERING COURAGE:
 
*North American Book Awards, 2015 Winner

"Gathering Courage is an American story filled with adversity, triumphs, heartbreaks, and great personal victory. . . I give this epic book five stars. I held my breath after every chapter and you will too! -- Charmaine Carraway, writer ​for the HUFFINGTON POST

"Overall, this memoir is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit in the face of emotional and physical pain. The author consistently notes the need for love and encouragement when dealing with both people and animals as well as the necessity of prayer and thankfulness; it's almost a rhythmic incantation in the text. Readers will feel as if they're walking alongside McMullin as she tells her story and advises readers how they, too, can survive setbacks. -- KIRKUS REVIEW

"Gathering Courage is a truly moving read that will touch many hearts and positively inspire them to touch the lives of others.” -- Faridah Nassozi, READERS' FAVORITE
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"I have to deal with where I am now and use the experiences of the past to make my life better.
'It was love and kindness that gave me the courage to survive and to keep my heart pure. It is through love and kindness that I choose to live the rest of my life.'"

Gathering Courage is a story of compassion, faith, and living a positive life despite what's stacked against you. McMullin details her upbringing and roadblocks while teaching that we should look towards our faith and courage to overcome these roadblocks. 

Gathering Courage was very bittersweet for me. I recently watched a dear friend adopt a child who will probably never have to worry about going through what our author, T.A. McMullin, went through. To read about T.A. McMullin's childhood was hard because I am a mother and I want all kids in the world to be happy and cared for at all times. While I was sad at all the obstacles in McMullin's way, I was glad as she overcame them and put it into words for us to read. 

It took me a minute to find the rhythm within Gathering Courage. I found myself going back and re-reading chapters early on just to make sure I was following along as T.A. McMullin would want me to. Once I caught the flow, there was no stopping me. Her story is one that needed to be shared and heard.

McMullin's story could've gone either way and knowing she kept moving forward in a positive way really resonated with me. Gathering Courage is great for readers of all ages. In a world where we see a majority of hate and negativity, let's all follow McMullin's footsteps and gain courage to spread love, compassion, and positivity towards one another. 


 
Award winning Gathering Courage author, T. A. “Terry” McMullin, knows as well as anyone that hard times are a part of the journey of life.


Terry was born in an orphanage, then adopted, and made a foster child by her parents.  Because Terry struggled with reading, comprehension, and spelling, she was placed in a foster home at the age of nine.  As a child in the 1960s, hardly anyone recognized the learning issues related to dyslexia. The struggle to learn continued through high school.

From her deep faith in the Lord, Terry developed an internal desire to excel, no matter the obstacle, no matter the situation. Pushing adversity and a reading disability aside, Terry enrolled in college. While attending college and working full-time, Terry taught herself how to read and study.  With pure grit and determination, Terry succeeded and earned  Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University.

At crucial points in her life, Terry found people who showed her unconditional love and encouragement. Terry gained gratification, emotional, and spiritual support from working with horses and dogs. The encouragement from others made Terry’s life better so she vowed to be a champion for others who needed help.

Terry lives on a small ranch in Texas, a forever home, with her horses, donkeys, and rescued border collie dogs.
  
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