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Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This Is What It Means To Be A Parent

    Searing and heartfelt, this book is a must have. As a parent, it is hard not to be moved by this book. What Buzz Bizzinger has done is shown the world how something that would have defeated the average man has actually shaped Buzz into a better man. This book is a triumph in what it means to be a parent. The Bissinger family is proof that without a test there would never be a testimony.

    Reading this book, I was reminded of a story of two stories of a father and a son in a book called "When God Stopped Keeping Score," which is currently on sale here on BN. Clark offers stories just as Bissinger does of hope and triumph. If you are looking to be inspired, then you have come to the right place. You will find in both of these great books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    This book spoke outloud words I have kept only in my mind

    If you have a disabled child, like I do, you will cry pages into this book and you will continue to do that till you finish. The author is a dad, and he speaks from that male "dad" place that books written by moms just don't get. I cannot do the book justice except to say "Thanks" for helping me realize that those fears and feelings I live with are not unique and that we all have good days and bad days. If you don't have a disabled kid, but know such a family, this should give you some insight into things. As much as I thought there was some univerasality to the book, it was also very very personal. And it is a love story from a dad who so badly wants to know his unknowable son. See, even writing that made me tear up. It's a good read, hopefully for everyone, but it was for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Very good. Perhaps a little contrived.

    Very good. Perhaps a little contrived -- "we will go on a trip and I will write about it" -- and maybe for that reason the insights felt a little orchestrated. Nonetheless I was absorbed and sympathetic. Excellent writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Everyone who has ever known a family with a challenged child should read this book. It gives an honest and open view of how a parent goes through the process of accepting a childs limitations and abilities. I will probably reread this book at some point just to refresh my memory and know once more how blessed a family is even if one of their children is challenged in some way!

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite Buzz Bissinger,

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite Buzz Bissinger, well
    known author of "Friday Night Lights" (among other great
    writings), is the father of twins. Gerry and Zach could not be more
    different. Gerry is "normal" while his twin is autistic and a
    savant. Zach's journey is not an easy one but Buzz and his ex-wife work
    as a team to provide the best experience they can for his life. Wanting
    to spend more time with his now mid-20's son, Buzz decides to take the
    young man-child on a road trip to the places where they used to live
    across the country. What happens next is a roller coaster ride for each
    man in their own way. Having never had the experience of parenting a
    child with special needs like Zach, it was an eye opening experience to
    listen to this audio book. The joys and pitfalls of being such a parent
    and being a son with special needs have etched deep in the recesses of
    my mind. I laughed; I snickered. I got so angry at the author for his
    apparent lack of patience, but then I cried when I realized that he was
    really doing the best he could under such pressure. I wanted to yell at
    him. I wanted to hug him and apologize for thinking these thoughts in
    the first place. I am a person who carries tidbits of what I have
    learned. Every time I get lost or forget something I should remember, I
    think of Zach and his amazing gifts. I think everybody should listen to
    this audio book. It puts life into its true perspective.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    I thought this was a magnificient book. Buzz Bissinger is a won

    I thought this was a magnificient book. Buzz Bissinger is a wonderful writer. He is able to express his feelings and emotions in such an honest and fearless manner. He incorporates his relationship with his parents and sons so openly and is able to see himself and his mistakes so clearly. He went on the trip with Zach to get to know him better and to perhaps get closer to him which he did, but he also learned to understand him and the way his mind worked. He was able to accept Zach's limitations and marvel at his differences. I also loved his sense of humor, such as the games they would play when they said good night to each other, his constant questioning of Zach to try to get him to be able to express his feelings, and the way he joined in with his son in riding all those rollercoasters and rides. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will read it again, probably many times, as there is much to be learned from it.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    A MUST READ

    This was such an honest and open approach to a subject that many avoid or pretend it doesn't exist. Parents who claim never to be disappointed in having an imperfect child are not in touch with reality. The writing style was different and easy to follow. Two thumbs up!

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    As a parent of my adopted special child, i found the book sad as well as uplifting. The emotions are the same and it took a lot of courage for the author to open up his heart and soal. A must read for families with special needs.

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    Posted March 4, 2013

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