210 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9967113-0-2 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-9967113-1-9 (eBook)

Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey Through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability is an award-winning book about a child who was adopted and then rejected by her adopted family. This child was sent to a foster home at the age of nine because she was dyslexic and struggling to learn. The story goes on to show how walking through the pain and suffering of losses and hurts built a strong faith in the Lord and the courage to be successful.

Walking the stage to receive a diploma at Texas A&M University was not only a dream but also a reality. Helping students to succeed in life was a burning desire from someone who had to go back and learn basic educational material while attending college courses. Passing on encouragement and the internal desire “To Make Life Better” turned into a lifetime career.

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Awards

 

2017 Bookvana Awards: 1st place Spirituality: Memoir/Personal Journey- Self Improvement: Relationships
2017 Illumination Book Award: Enduring Light Medals Award Silver Medalist Winner
Exemplary Christian Themed Book with an Enduring Message
2017 Human Relations Indie Book Awards – Director’s Choice Awards – Outstanding Adoption Awareness Book
2016 Readers’ Favorites 5 STAR Award: 2016 Readers’ Favorites International Book Award
2016 Best Book Award Finalist
2015 North American Book Award: 1st place winner – Animals/Pets 1st place winner – Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs
2015 North American Book Award: 1st place winner – Animals/Pets 1st place winner – Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs
Inspirational Human Relations Indie Book -Gold Winner
Life Challenges Human Relations Indie Book – Bronze Winner
Life Journey Human Relations Indie Book – Bronze Winner

 

Hear What Others Are Saying

Angie Fehl

"There’s a straightforwardness to the writing style that moves along at a lovely cozy pace. There’s also the relatability factor … Her story is a testament to the power of having positive influences / people in one’s life, how a simple kind word … just the display of someone having faith in you … can sometimes be enough to move mountains. Additionally, McMullin uses her story to urge readers to move through life with “an attitude of gratitude” as some like to call it …

McMullin’s way of telling her story, as well as certain details of her life she relates, reminded me a bit of the life and books of Temple Grandin. Similarly inspiring, that’s for sure!"
2018-08-04T10:29:15+00:00
McMullin’s way of telling her story reminded me a bit of the life and books of Temple Grandin. Similarly inspiring, that’s for sure!

Kirkus Review

"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.
2018-08-04T10:31:21+00:00
"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.”

Ann

"This story touched me in so many ways. I feel like a better person since read it. Your love for the Lord and humanity is so awe inspiring. I am so moved by your story. I too am adopted. My story is much more loving but still a challenge. Everyone should read your book. I believe that if everyone were to read Gathering Courage we could have a much kinder and gentle world. God bless you."




2018-08-04T10:33:52+00:00
"This story touched me in so many ways. I feel like a better person since read it. Your love for the Lord and humanity is so awe inspiring. I am so moved by your story. I too am adopted. My story is much more loving but still a challenge. Everyone should read your book. I believe that if everyone were to read Gathering Courage we could have a much kinder and gentle world. God bless you."

Christian Book Review

"Through my life I've seen those who have faced adversity handle it in much different ways. Some let it tear them down and never seem to escape letting it bury them for a lifetime. Others just seem to muttle through and survive it. Still, others harness the grace of Jesus Christ and thrive. This is what McMullin did with her life. She used the adversities of her childhood along with non-parental encouragement to build a life of serving others while overcoming the shortcomings in her own life ... This book is simply a real good book to read and a great story of overcoming.

The other thing I'll have to admit is that it will draw a bit of a spotlight into your life and make you wonder what you've done with your life. Especially if you haven't had as many hurdles in your life as the author. So beware, this book could also prick your conscience. All in all, this book is a great read about a great woman overcoming a difficult upbringing and a learning disability.
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2018-08-04T10:34:58+00:00
"Through my life I've seen those who have faced adversity handle it in much different ways. Some let it tear them down and never seem to escape letting it bury them for a lifetime. Others just seem to muttle through and survive it. Still, others harness the grace of Jesus Christ and thrive. This is what McMullin did with her life. She used the adversities of her childhood along with non-parental encouragement to build a life of serving others while overcoming the shortcomings in her own life ... This book is simply a real good book to read and a great story of overcoming. The other thing I'll have to admit is that it will draw a bit of a spotlight into your life and make you wonder what you've done with your life. Especially if you haven't had as many hurdles in your life as the author. So beware, this book could also prick your conscience. All in all, this book is a great read about a great woman overcoming a difficult upbringing and a learning disability."

Julia

"Gathering Courage by T.A McMullin is a heartfelt account of the journey through adoption, fostering and life. Terry McMullin is honest with her highs and lows, her loves, her losses and her constant faith in a God who loves her unconditionally. She writes about her struggles with dyslexia ... there is a marvelous section on dyslexia saying what it is and what it isn't ... Words have the power to bring life or death. We need to always speak 'Words of affirmation... [to] break chains.' I loved the sentiment that 'Forgiveness is the gift we give ourselves. Animals can bring healing ...' Towards the end of the book, I became totally undone as she described how she would give Border Collie, Katie, a forever home ... Thank you for your love and your perseverance to always help and look out for others. A beautiful account that will make you cry. Read with tissues nearby. "




2018-08-04T10:38:37+00:00
"Gathering Courage by T.A McMullin is a heartfelt account of the journey through adoption, fostering and life. Terry McMullin is honest with her highs and lows, her loves, her losses and her constant faith in a God who loves her unconditionally. She writes about her struggles with dyslexia ... there is a marvelous section on dyslexia saying what it is and what it isn't ... Words have the power to bring life or death. We need to always speak 'Words of affirmation... [to] break chains.' I loved the sentiment that 'Forgiveness is the gift we give ourselves. Animals can bring healing ...' Towards the end of the book, I became totally undone as she described how she would give Border Collie, Katie, a forever home ... Thank you for your love and your perseverance to always help and look out for others. A beautiful account that will make you cry. Read with tissues nearby. "

Peggy C

"I was so excited when I received this book from the author as I had won a contest…It helped me to read this as when you grow up any other way than your parents it is always good to read books like this. This author wrote me a little note inside and it is so true. It says "Encouragement does make a difference!" and I will never forget that. This is a grand slam out of the park for T.A. McMullin!"

2018-08-04T10:39:37+00:00
"I was so excited when I received this book from the author as I had won a contest…It helped me to read this as when you grow up any other way than your parents it is always good to read books like this. This author wrote me a little note inside and it is so true. It says "Encouragement does make a difference!" and I will never forget that. This is a grand slam out of the park for T.A. McMullin!"

Kerry Hedden

"T.A. McMullin is an ordinary person that has lived an extraordinary life because from an early age she learned to “trust God with all her heart,” and “lean not on her own understanding.”
When you read this book, you see that because she was faithful to God, God was always faithful to her ... By trusting in God she was able to put herself through college, make life long great friends and excels in life where others may have used their circumstances to muddle through life. I really enjoyed reading this life story; to see how God is faithful when we truly trust him is so encouraging. I must tell you that I had to reread chapter 23 (no spoilers) because I couldn’t see all the words through the tears. This book will uplift and encourage you in your own personal relationship with God ... I am incorporating one of her worship habits; I am making it a point to be thankful for three things per day and letting God know just how thankful I am.



2018-08-04T10:40:57+00:00
"T.A. McMullin is an ordinary person that has lived an extraordinary life because from an early age she learned to “trust God with all her heart,” and “lean not on her own understanding.” When you read this book, you see that because she was faithful to God, God was always faithful to her ... By trusting in God she was able to put herself through college, make life long great friends and excels in life where others may have used their circumstances to muddle through life. I really enjoyed reading this life story; to see how God is faithful when we truly trust him is so encouraging. I must tell you that I had to reread chapter 23 (no spoilers) because I couldn’t see all the words through the tears. This book will uplift and encourage you in your own personal relationship with God ... I am incorporating one of her worship habits; I am making it a point to be thankful for three things per day and letting God know just how thankful I am.

Raschelle

"Gathering Courage is the perfect title for Terry's journey! Her story was so well written at times I felt I was by her side feeling her heart break and disappointment. I found myself in tears crying out from the chapters asking "Why??" There were moments I could feel my soul hurting for Terry that I would have to set her book down and walk away. This is a must read for all! Terry's unconditional Love and Faith in Jesus Christ is what has inspired me most! Her story has gifted me with the reminder that Nothing is Beyond God! Terry's story ends Triumphantly and I am Amazed at all that she has been able to achieve! I plan to share this story with a friend of mine and will ask her to do the same when she is through. Terry is proof that God will see you through!

2018-08-04T10:41:52+00:00
"Gathering Courage is the perfect title for Terry's journey! Her story was so well written at times I felt I was by her side feeling her heart break and disappointment. I found myself in tears crying out from the chapters asking "Why??" There were moments I could feel my soul hurting for Terry that I would have to set her book down and walk away. This is a must read for all! Terry's unconditional Love and Faith in Jesus Christ is what has inspired me most! Her story has gifted me with the reminder that Nothing is Beyond God! Terry's story ends Triumphantly and I am Amazed at all that she has been able to achieve! I plan to share this story with a friend of mine and will ask her to do the same when she is through. Terry is proof that God will see you through!

Kindle Customer

"I had the opportunity to read this book for free so that I could review it. I really enjoyed this book. Once I started, I did not put it down. This is an encouraging book for anyone who has to compensate and overcome a disability in their life. Terry had many struggles: she was in an abusive home, adopted, struggled with self image and adversity, and on top of it all had a reading disability due to dyslexia. This story is how she overcame and even triumphed in ever endeavor she attempted. This is a story that will inspire you to do your very best no matter what hand you are dealt in life. I loved this book."



2018-08-04T10:42:29+00:00
"I had the opportunity to read this book for free so that I could review it. I really enjoyed this book. Once I started, I did not put it down. This is an encouraging book for anyone who has to compensate and overcome a disability in their life. Terry had many struggles: she was in an abusive home, adopted, struggled with self image and adversity, and on top of it all had a reading disability due to dyslexia. This story is how she overcame and even triumphed in ever endeavor she attempted. This is a story that will inspire you to do your very best no matter what hand you are dealt in life. I loved this book."

Epic Fehl Reader

"McMullin's way of telling her story, as well as certain details of her life she relates, reminded me a bit of the life and books of Temple Grandin. Similarly inspiring, that's for sure!"


2018-08-20T05:40:33+00:00
"McMullin's way of telling her story, as well as certain details of her life she relates, reminded me a bit of the life and books of Temple Grandin. Similarly inspiring, that's for sure!"

To The Reader, I wrote the story of my life to encourage each of us to live a life of compassion and purpose. The compassion shown to me as a lonely, broken-hearted child changed my life and gave me a purpose to make a difference as an adult. It is my desire to have my story read by both young and old in all walks of life so that our lives can be better.