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The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,929 ratings  ·  314 reviews

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 seclu

Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Little A
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book needs to be given to ALL those who are raising a child with autism. Ana and Curt each take turns in sharing the story of their lives together with a little of their background thrown in also. Like most of us, they thought their marriage was going to be a fairy-tale. That soon changed when their firstborn (a boy) was stillborn. Then along came Jonathan, followed 18 months later by twins, Austin and Christian.

Ana felt blessed to be a mom to three boys and was proud of her husband, C
Lynn (Smile24k)
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very moving and transparent look at one family's struggle with autism in a time when no one really knew what it was. This book was eye opening for me. I chose it because it was a Kindle First Reads book and none of the other books seemed interesting. I am glad I chose this book, but keep in mind that this is about a real and personal family struggle.

Ana and Curt Warner began their married life thinking it was going to be a fairy tale. Curt Warner is a former professional football player (the
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down!!

Having nieces on the spectrum, I read so much of their parents' anguish that they'll be reading it too. It's amazing to know what this couple has been through and how they are still walking through it. It was amazingly written, no fluff, but you understood what was going on very well. Kudos to the Warners and anyone dealing with kids on the spectrum, may you find strength and peace in the days ahead!
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There is a saying among families affected by autism, quoted by the authors (and parents) of THE WARNER BOYS: “If you meet one child with autism, you know one child with autism.” This expresses the vast differences of personality, activity, inclination and communication that can be found among those with autism.

When Ana and Curt Warner got married, they were happy and enthusiastic as most young couples are. Those feelings were deflated when their first child was stillborn, but when the second, Jo
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Harrowing but inspiring. I normally do not read nonfiction, and I had just finished a nonfiction book, but this one caught my eye. I remember Curt Warner well from his days with the Seahawks. So out of curiosity I chose this as my Amazon First Read for November. And I am glad I did. Curt and Ana made their story come alive. I am not sure how Ana survived - she gave up so much of her life for those boys. She was so determined, and so overwhelmed with misguided guilt. Curt and Ana sound like an am ...more
joanne g. moore
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Warner boys

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Warner’s did not hold back when they tell the story of their lives with twins who are autistic. You feel the love they have for their family. I had a hard time putting this book down for any reason. Would highly recommend it to anyone.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Curt & Ana Warner have written an in inspiring memoir of the trials and tribulations they endured as the parents of twin boys with severe autism. Curt was an NFL running back; Ana, a beautiful young Brazilian woman who fell in love first with life in the U.S. and soon after, with Curt. They seemed to have a perfect life in store for them, but life had other plans. After many anguished attempts to start a family, Ana gave birth to a healthy boy named Jonathan. Soon after, twin boys named Austin a ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. It tells the truth with guts and integrity, and nothing hidden.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Such a powerful story of a loving family.
Debbie (Can’t breathe w/o a BOOK) D
Required reading

This book should be required reading for everyone. I have learned so much about ASD and the Warner family. Thank you for being open and sharing your story, life with the world.
Curt and Ana are a love story, and there’s nothing traditional about it, but very powerful. I love their relationship with god and am just in awe of this book. I am very appreciative of the lessons learned.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

Amazing story of dedicated parents facing the challenges of autism. This book transcends the topic and is applicable to life in general. It also stressed the importance of healthy eating and its impact on well-being.
Jeff Carlson
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Even if you don't have anyone close to you with ASD, this book teaches a lot about struggles in relationships
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is unimaginable what this family has endured with two severely autistic sons.Kurt and Ana Warner were only able to provide for these boys by their faith in God and the fact that they had the finances to support all of the boys' needs. Austin and Christian were two lucky boys with severe needs who challenged their family and the medical system. What causes autism? Is there an answer? ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Heartfelt Story of Struggle, Love and Compassion

I couldn’t put this book down. I do not know anybody with Autism, but love books about real people and triumph over tragedies. The perseverance and love that these parents showed their children and the honesty they shared with their struggles is to be commended. Austin and Christian are blessed with loving parents. It certainly wasn’t easy and still is not, but love is what this book is about. God bless the entire Warner family!
Jamie Bandy
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good read about the sacrifices that parents have to make when they have autistic children. I commend them for their dedication to their children. At times while reading this, I thought to myself, I think this is the moment I would have thrown in the towel.
Jackie Oetken
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming account of the struggles a real family faces when living with disability.
David Hulse
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a survivors story.

Everyone experiences a personal tragedy. It defines life for each of us. Scale to compare with other's, is irrelevant to the person experiencing it.
This is a personal story that frames the readers' tragedy in that perspective.
Mine is as a surviving caregiver to a severe traumatic brain injury. The Warner's story was closer to home yet so much further away than I was prepared for.
I started the book a 4 am and finished it before taking my kids to school.
I found t
Mary Greer
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Must Read

I loved this beautiful story. The dedication of Curt and Ana is so heartwarming. I learned so much about autism. A beautiful story of true love and dedication.
Curt Warner was an All-Pro running back for the Seattle Seahawks after enjoying an outstanding college football career at Penn State. He met and married a striking woman from Brazil, Ana and after their first son, Jonathan, was born, it seemed like they would be able to live a comfortable life as Curt was smart with his money while he was a professional athlete.

However, all that changed when their twin sons, Austin and Christian, were born. Early in their lives, it was apparent that something w
Holly Senecal
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have started and stopped this review more than once. The depth to which this story touched my heart and soul doesn't lend itself easily to a meaningful review. How do you assign only 5 stars to a book that should be in the hands of every human being on the face of the Earth, particularly our educators and other parents? We are parents to a son on the autism spectrum and our hearts hurt for the struggles he faces everyday. Yes there are struggles, but would we trade our sons for anything? NO. W ...more
Stephanie Borders
Netgalley review:

The Warner Boys is a memoir of sorts, detailing the raising of twin sons Austin and Christian Warner, both of whom are on the lower side of the autism spectrum.

I requested this book because my 6 year old daughter also has ASD. I always value insights and experiences shared by other parents that are in the same boat. I found The Warner Boys to be easily readable and I loved how open and honest Ana and Curt Warner were when writing this book. It's not as easy story to read, so li
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. The Warner’s have shared with us what is like to have a child or children with autism. They have twin boys with autism and they are the same age as our twin girls with autism. The book brought up so many of my own memories of when they were little, heartaches, tears, and joys. I found myself sobbing. I have often felt so odd because of the things we have had to do for the girls. Therapies, diets, figuring out odd behaviors, trying to explain to people, helping them not ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting and touching story of former Seattle Seahawks player Curt Warner, his wife Ana, and their four children, two of whom are twins diagnosed with autism when they were young. The story traces Curt's career, his meeting and marrying Ana, their devastating loss of a first child, and then the challenges they faced with raising a not-so-"normal" family.

The Warner family's strength through many years of love, turbulence and chaos is inspirational. The writing was ok, but it was ob
Jonathan Schildbach
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, so will say this is not a 'clinical' book, but the personal stories of a family. The chapters are generally organized with a section written by Curt and one by Ana around similar issues or episodes, with occasional input in later chapters by their oldest son, Jonathan. They also had a 'ghost writer' working with them. The book covers multiple decades, starting with the upbringings of Curt and Ana, their eventual meeting and married life, suffering thr ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a moving and realistic account of how autism impacts a family not for a few years, but forever. The writing is rather simplistic and reads as if the Warners were interviewed, but that is OK. They are not authors. They are parents struggling and explaining their life raising boys with autism. I am a teacher who has been teaching for thirty years and the number of kids with autism in my class has greatly increased in the last few years. One nugget of insight that I received from this book ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story left me so thankful that I was only dealing with add. I had so much sympathy for the Warner's with the challenge of twins with severe autism. I hope I will never be one of those people who stare with disapproval over a strange meltdown in a public place. This book was a little repetitive in spots, but I liked the method of hearing from both parents, and that it dealt with the issue from birth to young adulthood. I am thankful that they had that NFL money and their faith and church sup ...more
Diana M Dunbar
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I chose this book as a free monthly Amazon prime selection. Not sure what attracted me to the story. But for those people that think their life is tough this story will put your life struggles in perspective. Curt Warner was a star NFL player with the Seattle Seahawks before he started his family after retirement. Again I am not a football fan so don't know what made me select this one. I know it sounds cliche but this is an amazing story of how love and faith can bring you through the toughest ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Curt and Ana’s love for their children is palpable in this novel. What really shines in this is the authors’ honesty and directness. Curt and Ana don’t pretend to know it all or feign perfection, they are two wonderful people who have dedicated endless energy to supporting both of their sons despite the challenges they faced on a day-to-day basis. I left this book feeling more knowledgeable about how autism may present and the incredible lengths parents/guardians go to in order to care for those ...more
Cory Briggs
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

First off, I work with autistic kids all the time, so nothing surprised me. That being said, this is a good book about autism. They paint a very real picture of what it is like living with autism on daily basis. If the Wagner's are reading this then my heart and prayers go out to you! You have some good insight in this book about autism. I appreciate it when Curt talk about being in the NFL and the precarious nature of being a pro football. How short such a career can be!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this as a free book from Goodreads and was asked to give an honest review.

What an amazing story! What respect I have for Curt and Ana Warner. It was almost unbelievable to read about all of the things the boys did over the years. I am so thankful that they share about their faith in the Lord which helped them get through such difficult situations.
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