Synopses & Reviews
"Like most fathers, I'd dreamt of doing all sorts of things with my son. I had so many plans, but when I was told my son was autistic, those plans seemed more like a fantasy. Well, eight years after that dreadful diagnosis, I am writing this book to let every father know that your plans for you and your son can still be a reality. It's just the path that takes you there that has to be altered."
Autism affects four times as many boys as it does girls. For their fathers, expectations and hopes are drastically changed—NFL star Rodney Peete's were when his son R.J. was diagnosed at the age of three. After a period of anger and denial, an all-too-common reaction among fathers, Rodney joined his wife, Holly, in her efforts to help their son. With determination, love, and understanding, the family worked with R.J. to help him once again engage with the world. Eight challenging years later, R.J. has gone from the son one doctor warned would never say, "I love you," to a thriving, vibrant boy who scored his first soccer goal while his dad cheered from the sidelines.
"Rodney Peete writes a compelling book that will help fathers emotionally deal with the challenge of raising a child with autism." ---Alonzo Mourning, former NBA player
Former pro football star Rodney Peete presents a touching story about living with an autistic son.
About the Author
After his retirement from the NFL in 2004, Rodney Peete became a host of the Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period, which he left in 2008. Currently, Rodney and his wife, Holly, run the HollyRod Foundation for Parkinson's patients and their families, are extremely active in the autism community, and dedicate their lives to philanthropy and fundraising for children. Rodney lives in Los Angeles with Holly and their four children. Danelle Morton is a freelance writer with more than thirty years of experience in investigative journalism, memoirs and profiles, and nonfiction collaboration. She has coauthored books with Hollywood stars, rocket scientists, sports figures, and political leaders, including The Healing Power of Pets, with Marty Becker, and Are You Hungry, Dear? with Doris Roberts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, and People magazine, and she has served as foreign correspondent, state capital bureau chief, columnist, and associate bureau chief of People's Los Angeles bureau. She lives in San Francisco. Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for Audiofile and Library Journal. He was named an AudioFile Best Voice in 2008 and has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards. His audiobooks include From Midnight to Dawn, Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney, Futureland, and Right as Rain.