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AoA Contest Winners for Saving Ben: A Father's Story of Autism

Saving ben CONGRATULATIONS JULIE BROWN AND JASON VOLK. The contest is closed. We'll have another contest on Wednesday.

If you didn't win, you can order a copy at a 30% discount by clicking, HERE, select "add to cart" and use discount code 3B. You can also order the book at . Visit Dan's website at SavingBenBook. Here's a letter from the author. 

Hi Age of Autism Reader,
I’d like to tell you about my book, Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism.  People Magazine called it “A wonderful read that will make parents look at their own children, disabled or not—and find so much to cherish”  (Sept 14, 2009).
Other reviewers had this to say:

  • “Powerful and inspirational, filled with and tragedy and triumph, it’s the story of one father's journey to hell to rescue his son from the grips of autism. I could not put this book down.” Nancy Master, AoA reader and mother of a formerly autistic child.
  • “A great read, and inspirational, teaching us that we can overcome obstacles with faith, hope and determination.” AoA reader Lisa Hunter Ryden of the NAA Central Texas Chapter.
  • “The book reads like a novel, rich and engaging, with suspense, complex characters, and depth of thought, gripping the reader on every page.” Robert and Dorothy Giansiracusa, parents of two homeschooled children.
  • “It's the story of the transformation of love made of stubbornness, perseverance, exhaustion and at times, fury. Any parent will be humbled and inspired by the honesty, perseverance and love this father found in himself.” Beverly Voss, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
  • “This book is not just about autism. It is about struggling against prejudice. It is about trying to access information clouded by egos and stereotypes. It is about fighting an archaic system. And of course, it is about the strongest force in the universe: the love a parent has for a child.” Sylvia Pimentel, AoA reader, moderator of the Sacramento Autism Biomedical Group and parent of two boys with autism.

    Amazon Top 50 Reviewer Jessie Kornbluth says, “The happy outcome is not the only reason to read this book. Dan E. Burns is a rare writer, as talented as he is honest. Feeling tired or uninspired? Here's your book.
    Questions or comments?  Write to me at  For more details, see my website at  I hope you enjoy Saving Ben: A Father’s Story of Autism.

    Dan E. Burns, Ph.D.

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    Susan Cranmer

    Sounds like a wonderful read. Will definately buy it if I dont win it.

    Suzanne Thomason

    The Autism epidemic has been around TOO LONG. Just look at how many older-than-preschoolers are coming out of the woodwork.


    I really need to hear about a happy ending, I wish you well and would love to know how and what you did to help your child. My little girl is my life and i'll do just about anything to help her. thank you for writing your book and sharing your expeirence with everyone, these are the kind of stories i NEED to hear.

    Barbara Bucknam

    I wouldlove to win this for my husband.

    Amy Trail

    There is nothing that touches my heart more than seeing and reading about a Warrior Family!

    When my son was pulled into the Autism world - I wondered if I would ever get to hear his sweet voice again and if I would ever be able to love and hug him the way I use to. I am happy to report that three years into the disorder - I have heard his voice again and it is music to my ears and now he comes to me for hugs and kisses.

    I would love to read Saving Ben and share this wonderful story with the many families that I advocate for here in VA. We could all use some inspiration for the journey that we are currently on.

    Thank you for sharing your story and I look forward to hearing more about Ben.

    Anne Lewington from Australia

    I speak on Autism and would love this book as an extra resource and also give my audience extra ammunition for their long journey ahead. Having had a son Autistic/Epileptic die this year from a massive seizure age 22 I know what parents go through. Hats of to this father for being there, not many are.


    I have so much respect and admiration for Ben's dad, I would love to win this book!! And...I'd share!


    Please enter me in the contest, I would love to read your book!!

    Don't Make Me Cry!

    The first year my son received biomedical interventions I was ecstatic- he was on his way! The second year he was so close to recovered, I was positive all he needed was a good education program to catch him up. Then, tragically, he was given dietary violations by 2 non-beleiving idiots who thought they would challenge my "silly" notion of this "fad" diet-stacking dietary violations- one on top of each other. My son was getting gluten contamination for months, unbeknownst to me. I was racking my brain to figure out why my son was so sick and how the hell this could happen? He experienced months of diarrhea; and suffered regression of his health and cognitive abilities that he still has not regained, years later. He's getting closer, but I find myself worrying, and I wonder if he will ever be able to live independantly. I hold out hope he will, as I continue to fight for his health, his education, his recovery, and his future. This book better not make me cry- because I am almost out of kleenex!

    Ricardo Linares


    Jennifer Morgan-Byrd

    Thank you Dan for sharing your story and giving encouragement and hope to all of us. I'm saving my Ben too.


    Please enter me in this contest. Sounds like a great book!


    This read sounds like it would probably help fill a huge hole in my heart right now. Sending a copy to Connie Rosales would be great too (so says my Red Golden)


    I would love to be entered in this contest.

    Thanks very much.



    I'd like a go at winning this book.

    Dan E. Burns

    Thanks to all for your supportive comments. Truth is, this is not the story I had hoped to write: that someday Ben would emerge from autism and re-enter the world practically indistinguishable from someone who had never been afflicted. But by 2008, when he turned twenty-one, “someday” had crossed the river to a more perfect time and place where every tear will be wiped away. Until then I have an imperfect story of an ongoing struggle, but one that has left me with a priceless discovery.

    I cannot undo my love for Ben. Difficult as it was, I chose the right path for me. And in the end, I discovered that I had written a recovery story after all. What is recovered is a family more resilient, forgiving, and loving. Like the characters in The Wizard of Oz, we have made a journey through a perilous land, and we have found in ourselves the gifts that prepare us to seek the future beyond the darkness. I have learned that you can lose everything except what you give away. That done, there is little left to fear.

    Though I look forward to more medical breakthroughs, I have learned that hope is not just a new protocol or an emerging medical technology. Hope is in the heart, and it is its own reward. So I would say to those who march with me: Keep the faith, never give up. These are the lessons, the gifts of my miraculous journey, saving Ben.

    Tina, mom to one special little girl

    I could use an inspirational story these days. Love to read it.


    Sounds very interesting look forward to reading it.Hope i win.

    Laura Kozlowski

    I would love to read this book!!!

    Connie Rosales

    Hello, please enter me in this contest. I volunteer for the Dog Wish Foundation, we train special asst. dogs for children with autism, seizure disorders, neurological disorders and physical disabilities. Would love to have this book help us help more children. Thanks....


    I would love to read it, as well as have my Hubby read it! Please enter us!
    Mom to Ethan, Alex, and Megan

    Paula B

    Would love to read it. Our son was diagnosed with Autism two years ago at age 5.


    I'd love to read it!!!!


    Looking forward to reading "Saving Ben," hope I win a copy!


    I love that a dad has written a book about Autism. I wish more would. It's so hard to understands the Dad's point of view. I know my husband has a hard time explaining how he feels about being the father of 2 autistic boys.


    Looks like a great book! Please enter me in the contest. Thanks


    Please consider me for a copy of this book. I am a provider and love to have resources to recommend to parents when they are facing similar challenges in the face of autism. Because I subscribe to the DAN mode of thinking, I do not often receive the support of my colleagues (institution shall go unnamed...) in my treatment. The way I see it, they can continue not supporting me, as it is not their support that drives me, and I can continue helping children lose their diagnoses, while helping parents of autistic children maintain a balanced and purposeful life.


    Would love to give this to my hubby, he's a Dad warrior to as he cooks our GFCF food!

    K Fuller Yuba City

    Enter please! Thanks


    Inspiration needed to keep going, please sign me up. Thanks!


    Please enter me I would love to read this book. thanks!

    Casey Ohlsson

    I do love daddies warriors! What a wonderful story, I would love to read it, although my son's father couldn't handle the stress and "took a break" (in another country with his secretary for the last year...but anyway...)

    Thanks for sharing your story! :)

    Nancy Naylor

    It'll be great to hear a recovery story from a Dad's perspective.

    Donna Barber/ Minnesota Parent

    Would love to read this book sounds like one that will be read from cover to cover. I was amazed the other day my daughter 17 with PDD NOS read a book with 300 pages in one night I had never seen her read before.

    Michelle Bondy

    Please enter me! My husband is very involved in our daughter's recovery from autism and I know he would love to read this and so would I!

    Jack R.

    Sign me up. Sounds like a great book.


    It is great to hear a Dad has writtin a book about healing autism. Even if I don't win a free copy, I will order one so my husband can read something for a change. I'd love to read it too. :)

    Jason Volk

    Looking forward to reading this book.

    Melanie Baldwin

    I would love to read this book. I'm currently working on recovery for my son. Please enter me in the contest!

    Chrissy Weber

    Please enter me for a chance to win this book. Thanks!

    Mom to Corey, 8 years old, PDD-NOS

    Jack's Dad

    I would LOVE to read their story.

    Someday I'd like to tell the story of my own two sons' miraculous recovery. Aside from family and very close friends, I've told so few people.

    One of the toughest things about autism is that the passion it stirs in the families it affects can seem so excessive to others.
    When you fight cancer, strangers praise your tenacity. But when you fight autism publicly, your beliefs are challenged and you and your child are suddenly under everyone’s microscope. I know many people wonder why the parents of these kids can’t just accept our children’s disabilities and stop blaming everyone. I applaud parents like Ben's father (and my warrior wife Meg) who won't accept the status quo and fight to recover their kids.

    Gram P

    Just looked at the intro of "Saving Ben: A Father's Story of Autism". How wonderful to have a father to go thru "Hell & High Water" to try to save a child. We have two grandchildren with autism. Our family is experiencing some of the same problems. Fighting with schools for special therapies (that they don't deem necessary, ABA, etc.), having to resort to lawyers to try to change this, trying to find the money for special compounded meds, and trying to still keep a normal family life. At this point we don't know what Normal is.


    Please enter me in the contest.
    bubbetta at hotmail dot com


    I would love to win a copy of this book.


    Argumentative must be the theme this week. I say November--my surly 12 year-old says yesvember. A little inspiration I could surely use.

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