Monday, December 26, 2016

Gathering Courage by T. A. McMullin

 Award-Winning Memoir

A Life-Changing Journey Through Adoption, Adversity, 
and a Reading Disability
T. A. Terry McMullin

Gathering Courage
by T. A. McMullin

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, 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.

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.

2015 Winner of the North American Book Award
1st place – Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs
1st place – Animals/Pets
2016 Winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
4th place - Non-Fiction - Autobiography
2016 Best Book Awards - Winning Finalist - Young Adult: Non-Fiction
5 Star- Readers Favorite Review – Christian: Non-Fiction

 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 ever read.”
“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.”

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ISBN - print -978-0-9967113-0-2          ISBN - ebook - 978-0-9967113-1-9
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“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 child”. 
Kirkus Review

"Gathering 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 Woman

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 dyslexia into 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”
T.A McMullin

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