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.
Award-wining author, T. A. “Terry” McMullin 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.
As a child in the 1960s, hardly anyone understood the struggles associated with dyslexia. But Terry turned her struggles into strengths as she taught herself how to read while working her way through college.
Terry received two degrees from Texas A&M University while becoming a teacher and writer.
Her 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 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 an encourager for others.
Terry gained great gratification, emotional, and spiritual support by working with dogs and horses. Terry lives on a small ranch in Texas with her horses, donkeys, and rescued Border Collie dogs.
The 2017 Illumination Book Awards honored Gathering Courage, with the SILVER, Enduring Light Medals Award, for Christian Thought.
The spotlight is shining on this exemplary Christian book for an enduring message because it is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit to survive setbacks and fulfill their own dreams despite all odds.
Writing your story about your journey through life will help you find hidden treasures like gratitude, strength, and courage. I think you will be surprised how much healing you will receive when you actually put pen to paper and recall all of life’s events. Healing from the inside out will surface as you write. Healing produces internal peace, a wonderful gift that God freely gives to each of us.