Baier is a great storyteller despite being a bit cliche at times. This book also details Baier's journey through journalism and his marriage. Jun 14, Diana rated it it was ok. I imagine if you're familiar with Bret Baier's journalism career, perhaps this story would be more interesting to you than it was to me.
I got bored. I wasn't interested in reading about a journalism career--I wanted to hear about the baby, the wife, and the story of the "Special Heart. Beautiful, inspired testimony Parents are gifts to their children. Each of Paulie's parents loving with great intensity of sheer will and selflessness. Accepting love and light from God to heal and guide, strength as only He provides. A journey of a young man with a most special heart, God bless you all. Jul 24, Lindsey Collins rated it really liked it. It's taken me a long time to finish this book because it hit SO close to home.
The autographed copy Bret sent to Luke shortly after it was written, thanks to my mom, will always have a special place on our bookshelf. Oct 08, Wendy rated it really liked it. A good read. Faith confirming. This family has definitely struggled and survived the unimaginable. I recommend it for every family facing the daunting task of living through the lows and highs of sick little ones. I hope Paul Baier continues to be a fighter with success. Oct 23, Gail rated it it was amazing.
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This is the true story of Bret and Amy Baier's journey with their newborn son that was born with a major heart problem. Bret does a good job documenting their journey the first six years of Paul's life. May 17, Sloane Mayberry rated it really liked it. There are no politics in this book. It is just his story of having a child with a heart condition.
Sheds a lot of light on how difficult that must be for families It's an easy read. Sep 06, Jan rated it really liked it. This was so pleasant to read.
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My heart goes out to any parent who has a child with any kind of disease. I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was a window into the life of the parents of a seriously ill child. Sep 28, Sara Boghdan rated it it was amazing. This book of faith, hope, and love is amazing. This family, and this little boy's special heart, are really wonderful. Enjoyed listening to the audio book, as it is read by Bret Baier.
Feb 16, Kim Padan rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir , non-fiction. Beautiful and heart warming testimony! At times the writing was a bit corny, but I suppose it is understandable as a man writes about his beloved wife and adorable son!
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Such brave parents to face many obstacles with their firstborn child. May Paul have good health through the rest of his life. Thousands of people who see the author's name here, perfunctorily associate it with the Fox News Channel, and dismiss this book out of hand do themselves a real disservice. This is decidedly not a conservative rant, and while he is appreciative of his employer for its support during a tragic time in his life, this is not a cheerleading Fox News public relations piece.
Instead, it's a story of a young man in a hurry whose tiny son, born with complex heart disease, teaches him to slow down, to ref Thousands of people who see the author's name here, perfunctorily associate it with the Fox News Channel, and dismiss this book out of hand do themselves a real disservice.
Instead, it's a story of a young man in a hurry whose tiny son, born with complex heart disease, teaches him to slow down, to reflect more, to pray more fervently, to love more deeply, indeed to put his own heart more fully into life. Bret Baier hasn't always been the recognizable voice and name associated with a nightly news program on Fox News. He was once a kid from Atlanta whose passion was golf, and to some degree, politics.
You'll read here about the young man who finds his way into television broadcasting by talking about the weather, and you'll track him from job to job, smiling at the images of his clunker cars and his unfortunate habit of letting the laundry pile grow far too high for anyone's good.
You'll read about his first job in Washington and about the friend who lined him up with blind date after blind date, only to have all of them fail--until they give it one last try. The girl is Amy Hills, and when she and Baier meet, she's working for a pharmaceutical company in Chicago. He is immediately and utterly smitten; she's initially less impressed. But the two ultimately marry, and her pregnancy is big news in a home where the hour cable news cycle is everything. It's a memorable day in late June when young Paul enters the Baier lair.
Things seem to be going so well until a nurse notices that Paul's color isn't right. Thus begins a chapter in the life of a young family that will irrevocably change forever how the family will look at the world. A frightening diagnosis is ultimately reached, and Paul is whisked away to Children's Hospital where his short life hangs in the balance. Baier is adamant that the power of prayer combined with the above-average skills of medical staffers at the children's hospital saved his son's life.
While family has apparently always been important to Baier, this book details the thorny adversarial path that helped him recognize the value of family and love more fully than ever. This is a tender book about the love of a husband and father and the reality that all lives touch one another in ways more intertwined than we often consider. Baier's young son lives, for example, because somewhere else, families had the grace amidst tragedy of allowing their tiny infants to be organ donors.
The book is the perfect combination of poignant moments and smiles, and the audio edition is masterfully narrated by Baier. In fact, while I didn't read any other edition than the audio, I suspect the print editions just wouldn't have quite the same power to pull you in and keep you reading as does the audio. The narration itself is compelling, and you feel to a great degree the emotion Baier must have experienced as he watched his son endure multiple surgeries and procedures.
This is a short read that's long on excellence. May 09, Ash Wilson rated it liked it Shelves: political-military-space-history , non-fiction. I mostly enjoyed this book. It was heart-wrenching and, at times, even made me tear up. I learned some medical information in it, I particularly enjoyed the interview with Dr. Jonas at the end of the book. But overall, I think this was a good story and I would hate to see people rate it poorly, put it down or even simply just not read it solely because of the network that Bret works for. This is a story of family far more than it is a story of politics.
Jun 03, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: memoirs , health , read-as-ebook. The first two chapters are cheesy and all about Bret.
Bret is a slovenly field reporter, who loves golf, hates laundry, and works in the south, until , when he relocates to DC, then meets and marries his meticulously tidy wife. Their first baby is born in chapter three. Everything seems all right for the first few hours, then a nurse notices that the baby looks a little pale, and it turns out that his entire heart is miswired and he has no fewer than four congenital defects. The bulk of the The first two chapters are cheesy and all about Bret. The bulk of the book is the story of the boy Paul 's surgeries and the Baier family's faith journey through the ordeal.
As of now, Paul has successfully had three open-heart surgeries and is a thriving seven-year-old. I like how Baier marks dates in the medical odyssey with concurrent news stories I thought I was the only one who did that; my daughter was born the day after Obama gave that speech to a joint session about the Stimulus where Pelosi wore that HIDEOUS green dress, and a week later when she was under bili lights the Dow hit The writing isn't super strong though, and there are a few places in the first two chapters where I got lost as he reflected over his resume.
But I did feel that it was very genuine. Jul 21, Richard Grebenc rated it really liked it. This book is mainly for two audiences: those with children who have medical challenges and fans of Bret Baier. Read the rest of this post on the Taking Route Blog. I was inspired by a friend's resolutions to give away 30 things for her 30th birthday. I am looking for ways to live more generously this year without necessarily giving away more money. It was a redemptive day for me as my family and friends pooled their joy in a celebration of the hope of Jesus Christ. I think everyone was astounded at what the Lord can do with so little in such a short amount of time, but no one was as astounded as me.
There he was, towering over the crowd. Short blonde hair. My heart leaped into my stomach the moment our eyes met. I knew he was my husband, but I had no idea how it would ever happen. We were both such a mess. I love tradition, symbolism and meaning. They help me feel tethered and give me purpose.
It was only fitting that my wedding would be full of the past as we celebrated the present, looking forward to the future. I have a theory: you can recover from all kinds of calamities, mistakes, misjudgments, losses, and heartaches as long as you are able to walk out from under the cloud of shame into the redeeming light of day.
I had been carrying that precious cross of promise around with me the whole time. This is your birth. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. What Cancer Cannot Do Cancer is so limited It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith.
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It cannot eat away peace. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot shut out memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the Spirit. You have to figure out your own way to deal with this diagnosis. You learn about yourself, what you are made of. This can be extraordinary and you want to share this, help others who go through the same thing.
You are loved You are wonderfully made. You are beautiful. You are a masterpiece. God has a great plan for you. Cancer changes your life, often for the better.