Not My Boy!: A Father, A Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism

In Not My Boy!, Rodney Peete offers not only a heartrending, candid look inside his personal journey with his son’s autism but a first-of-its-kind, inspirational road map that will help families facing similar challenges to move forward. Effectively woven throughout Peete’s moving account of his life with his son R.J. are the powerful voices, insights, and dreams of other fathers, high-profile figures as well as unsung heroes, who’ve traveled this difficult path.

Autism affects four times as many boys as it does girls. For their fathers, expectations and hopes are drastically changed as NFL star Rodney Peete’s were when his son R.J. was diagnosed at the age of three. After a period of anger and denial, an all-too-common reaction among fathers, Rodney joined his wife, Holly, in her efforts to help their son. With determination, love, and understanding, the family worked with R.J. to help him once again engage with the world.

Eight challenging years later, R.J. has gone from the son one doctor warned would never say “I love you” to a thriving, vibrant boy who scored his first soccer goal while his dad cheered from the sidelines.

“I wish I had something fancy to say, but this story is simply beyond words—just read it!  I vote to make Rodney’s book, Not My Boy!, required reading for every first-time, second-time, or any-other-time father.”

–Will Smith, Actor/Producer

Rodney gives a rare, raw and real account of getting the diagnosis of autism for his son, accepting and the journey of life with autism.

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