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The Warner Boys

Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope
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An emotional, revealing memoir of one family’s life in seclusion - and the love, strength, and faith it took to save it.

Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt’s retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism. What followed was a painful struggle to hold their family and their marriage together in a home filled with chaos, emotional exhaustion, and constant fear for the safety of their unpredictable but beloved boys.

Now, after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation. Above all, it’s a story of the life-changing truth that love for family and each other - no matter how challenged - is the path to healing and peace.

The Warner Boys is the true story of a family who fought for their children and how they grew stronger against all odds.

©2018 Ana and Curt Warner (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Scripture quotations from the Authorized (King James) Version. Rights in the Authorized Version in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown. Reproduced by permission of the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press.

Critic Reviews

“Healing and transformative, this memoir of love and faith shows no situation is beyond hope.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Ana and Curt Warner have written a memoir that could reach readers on many levels… Rather than supporting one side or argument over another, the authors depict how they achieved what all parents want: the best possible lives for their children.” (Booklist, starred review)

The Warner Boys is a beautiful heartfelt book written by Curt and Ana Warner, who share with the reader the reality of parenting two beautiful twin boys with an autism diagnosis… This book is now high on my list of must-reads for any individual, parent, or other family member impacted by autism, as well as anyone wanting to understand autism.” (Scott Badesch, president/chief executive officer, Autism Society of America)

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  • Ann
  • 04-12-2018

Gratitude of caring and seeing the whole picture is not an easy journey

Reading about an experience and living in the reality of it cannot be fully understood in comparison. I cannot imagine the ups and downs of having the strength and love to endure such a challenge and loving devotion of a family. Autism - such a world to live in never to be understood by the norm of defined acceptance. I admire what this family stood up to. The honest sharing of the difficult endless challenges of raising an autistic child is by no means, I gather from this book any different than speaking languages under one roof, and never understanding what each is trying to convey. To face day after day is exhaustion that can only be achieved by love and protection of loved ones to the world. My view point of behavior needs of autistic persons is like standing up to world. Well written to share your inner and outer thoughts. Count your blessings and reach out to those who could use a helping hand, words of kindness. After reading your book I am so much more aware walking in another's shoes and seeing the world through their eyes.

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  • CRS
  • 04-07-2019

Love this book!!!

I have 2 grandsons who are cousins, but have one major thing in common: they are both on the Autism Spectrum. They are just 4 months apart in age. The younger of the 2 has the lesser of the symptoms, he’s classified as very high functioning. His main problem now is social skills. He was diagnosed at 2.5 yrs old. At the time, he had a very limited vocabulary and preferred to be by himself. He will be entering high school this fall and has been mainstreamed since grade school. The older one is slightly further down on the spectrum. He also has ADHD and OCD, which I’ve learned from this book is quite common in kids with ASD. I love Curt and Ana’s story!! And I have something in common with Curt: we both come from Southern West Virginia in the coal fields, although different counties and different upbringings. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to know more about ASD and/or has a loved one on the spectrum.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2019

A Great Story told by Both Parents

I loved the story of surviving all the challenges of raising autistic twins and how they overcame them told by both parents and even a sibling!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-2020

Beautiful!

Wow. This book is simply beautiful! It's truly about family, strength, hope, love and perseverance. It was great hearing their story from difference perspectives. They were very transparent and honest which is therapeutic and inspirational for those with loved ones with autism.

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  • 07-01-2020

Thank you for sharing your story of hope

I love this book. As a clinical social worker I know that the diagnosis of autism is a difficult one to come to grips with. I looked for this book hoping to increase my understanding of the life long struggle that families affected by autism face. I found so much more. Studies show that couples with children with disabilities have a high rate of divorce. Not this one. The strength of love and faith seemed to be a force greater than adversity that helped this family face and push through the struggles. I am especially thankful for the contributions of the oldest son in this family. In my research I have not found much written about the affects that autism has on siblings who are not neuro affected. My thanks to this family for sharing their story and inspiring hope.

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  • Melissa L.
  • 01-01-2020

Touching story of hope, faith and love

As a Special Education teacher of several students with autism, this book brought me to tears, smiles and laughter throughout. Beautifully written and read. An added bonus for me, was that as a Penn State alumni it was about a fellow alum. Highly recommend!!

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  • Geraldine
  • 24-09-2019

Lessons learned

I found this book very interesting and moving. At times my heart was overwhelmed with joy and sadness. They truly are a picture of sickness and health or till death due us part. They stayed together fighting for their family. Thank them all for sharing their world with us. Pray we as a human race will be more compassionate to others. Life is not what it seems.

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  • Barbara N Buckert
  • 22-04-2019

Very insightful

Learned a great deal about this life altering situation , involving complete dedication from the parents who never gave up.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-03-2019

GOD knows what He's doing

I loved that you shared your story. what special people God found you to be. your son's are as lucky as you are. God bless the rest of your journey.

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  • lbhansen
  • 17-02-2019

Great Book

Was looking for a book to.listen to about autism and found this one. I really got a lot.out of it. The Warners have a great perspective. It was really helpful. I am marrying a woman with child that has autism. She is higher the spectrum, but this was a helpful perspective.