Journey Through Adoption, Adversity,
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.
dusted off the hurt from abandonment, rejection by her adoptive parents, struggles
with a reading disability, shock from foster home placement, 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 college, 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 to achieve their
greatest aspirations. Terry proves that
we are not defined by our hurts and wounds but it is what we become after the
scars heal that counts.
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.
2015 Winner of the North American Book Award
1st place – Biographies,
Autobiographies, and Memoirs
2016 Winner of the Readers’ Favorite International
4th place - Non-Fiction
Best Book Awards - Winning Finalist - Young Adult: Non-Fiction
5 Star- Readers Favorite Review – Christian:
Words from the Readers
“If you are looking for an encouraging book,
look no further because this one is it!
Yours is one of the most inspiring books I’ve
“People like her give me hope that there is
something for all of us in this world.
It is truly amazing how she is a teacher right
now and changing the lives of people...
people like her who make changes in this world
and help others.”
ISBN - print -978-0-9967113-0-2 ISBN - ebook -
“Overall, this memoir is a testament to
the endurance of the human spirit…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…
Readers will feel as if they’re walking
alongside McMullin as she tells her story and advises readers how they, too,
can survive setbacks…With her memoir, the author effectively opens up a space,
into which she invites readers to be a part of the family she longed for as a
Courage by T.A. McMullin is an American story filled with adversity, triumphs,
heartbreaks and great personal victory. T.A. McMullin will transport your mind through the epic words of a female
pioneer who never gives up no matter the challenges she faced! I give this epic book five stars, I
held my breath after every chapter and you will too!"
Charmaine Carraway - The Visionary
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T. A. “Terry” McMullin, author of Gathering
Courage knows as well as anyone that hard times are a part of the journey
of life. During Terry’s journey, she was an orphan, an adopted child, and then
made a foster child by her parents. Terry learned how to turn rejection into
success as she struggled with a reading disability.
In her book, Gathering Courage,
Terry tells how she turned her struggles with
strengths as she taught herself how to read and study while working her way
through college. Walking
the stage to receive a diploma at Texas A&M University was
not only a dream but also a reality.
Terry’s life transformed from a broken-hearted child who could barely
make out words in elementary school to a distinguished teacher who encourages young
people to work hard and achieve their greatest aspirations.
At crucial points in Terry’s life, she found people who cared and
understood, who became her encouragers. The encouragement from others made
Terry’s life better so she vowed to be a champion for others who needed help.
Terry wrote the story of her life to encourage
each of us to live a life of compassion and purpose. The compassion shown to
her as a lonely, broken hearted, child changed her life and gave her a purpose
to make a difference as an adult.
Terry has earned two degrees from Texas A&M
University and has served as a 4-H Leader and FFA Advisor. Her professional career involves teaching
agriculture, science, developing material for science and science fairs,
working with students in an alternative school setting, teaching students with
visual impairments, and mentoring students with dyslexia.
Today, Terry lives on a small ranch in Texas, a
forever home, with her horses, donkeys, and rescued Border Collie dogs.
The writing of Gathering Courage
was a three-year project of reminiscing from the heart and hurts of the past
for the sole purpose of encouraging others.
Encouragement puts love in the heart and direction in the dream.
Encouragement and kindness does make a difference, encouragement made a
difference in Terry’s life.
What started as a thought then words on a napkin set the dream in motion
to form sentences on paper. The dream grew and the formation of a book
developed into a purpose, a mission - “To Make Life Better.”
“Encouragement Does Make a Difference”