Expect a Miracle
Jenny Long's young life tipped into chaos at age 12 with the death of her mother. By 18, she was a high school dropout, pregnant, and married to a convicted felon. But with the birth of her son Conner, Jenny vowed to end the vicious cycle and make a better life for her new family. Two years later, Jenny's second son, Cayden, was born with spastic cerebral palsy. Undaunted by the doctor's recommendation to place her disabled son in an assisted living facility, she made the courageous decision to raise him at home. Similarly unfazed by Cayden's disability, older brother Conner developed a loving relationship with Cayden, engaging and respecting him with a grace and determination that belied his young age. At age 7, Conner, determined to share his love of athletics with Cayden, entered the Nashville Kids Triathlon, pushing and pulling Cayden every step of the course. The two brothers crossed the finish line together, and their thrilling and emotional race captured the hearts of millions and earned both boys Sports Illustrated Kids's SportsKids of the Year award.Expect a Miracle is the inspirational story of Jenny's life and how she raised two extraordinary boys against all odds - brothers whose love and determination affirmed Jenny's deeply held faith that everyone, no matter their challenges, can find their miracle

Expect a Miracle Details

TitleExpect a Miracle
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 13th, 2015
PublisherSports Illustrated
ISBN-139781618931283
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Inspirational

Expect a Miracle Review

  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    The story is wonderful. It's a story of love, loss, disappointment, and triumph. In this book, Jenny Long shares her life. She includes everything...her good qualities as a mom, as well as the many bad choices she made as a teenager and as a young woman. The story revolves around the fact that her second son has Cerebral Palsy. The acceptance, patience, and tenderness from her first-born son is abundant; limitless. Love between brothers, a mother's love for her children, forgiveness, and stren The story is wonderful. It's a story of love, loss, disappointment, and triumph. In this book, Jenny Long shares her life. She includes everything...her good qualities as a mom, as well as the many bad choices she made as a teenager and as a young woman. The story revolves around the fact that her second son has Cerebral Palsy. The acceptance, patience, and tenderness from her first-born son is abundant; limitless. Love between brothers, a mother's love for her children, forgiveness, and strength of character all work to create a touching story of family bonds. The author bravely reveals her personal history and shows that having made mistakes in the past does not make a person 'bad'. I know that anyone who reads this book will come away with a better understanding and respect for others, especially for those with disabilities.
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  • Julianne2girls
    January 1, 1970
    Great book demonstrating compassion a young boy has for his little brother with special needs. Should give many people hope and inspiration .
  • Nancy Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    In 2012, Connor and Cayden Long were named Sports Illustrated's SportsKids of the Year. I remember seeing the photo of the brothers at the finish line of the Nashville Kids Triathlon. The amazing thing about this otherwise ordinary race is that Cayden is a child stricken with cerebral palsy and his brother Connor, just 7-years-old at the time, pushed, pulled and pedaled his brother through the four-mile challenge, running, swimming and biking for two.Jenny Long's book fills in the backstory to t In 2012, Connor and Cayden Long were named Sports Illustrated's SportsKids of the Year. I remember seeing the photo of the brothers at the finish line of the Nashville Kids Triathlon. The amazing thing about this otherwise ordinary race is that Cayden is a child stricken with cerebral palsy and his brother Connor, just 7-years-old at the time, pushed, pulled and pedaled his brother through the four-mile challenge, running, swimming and biking for two.Jenny Long's book fills in the backstory to this inspiring photo. Where the world might have seen a sanitized picture of victory, Jenny lets the world know that their the public spotlight didn't shed light on the whole story. Jenny's life exploded when at 12-years-old, she loses her mother to cancer, yanking out the only foundation Jenny had ever known. Forced by the courts to live with her alcoholic and neglectful father, Jenny's life descends into chaos as she defies the kind of adult authority that she sees as having betrayed her. She drops out of school, parties, and beds the wrong guys until she finds herself in an abusive marriage to a convicted and periodically incarcerated felon, pregnant and eventually a single parent.When Jenny meets a quiet and reserved man at work, the two form a bond that leads to marriage and children. When at just a few months old, Cayden is diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy and they are advised to place him in a home, the two make a crucial decision. "We are a family," Jeff says. "A family doesn't abandon one of their own." This decision leads to the triumphal photo of Cayden and Connor competing in the triathlon. As Jenny tells the reader, Connor was always determined to share the bonding experience of sports with his brother, no matter his disabilities.The book is a straightforward telling of Jenny's life. It's a brief and easy read. I'm pretty much a "just the facts, ma'am" kind of person, but I found myself in tears reading the final chapters about the brothers persevering through the triathlon. It was tears of a different sort when Jenny reveals the outcome of her marriage, though. "You should know that about 80 percent of couples that take care of a child like Cayden end up getting a divorce," the doctor tells them early on. Jenny Long has experienced both miracles and tragedies in her life, and readers will appreciate the wisdom she has gained through both.
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  • Ivyd
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsHeartwarming, inspiring, and all those other clichéd terms may be over used, but still apply to EXPECT A MIRACLE; as does children having so much to teach us and seeing the world through the eyes of a child. Each chapter begins with Connor or Connor and Cayden, then moves on to Jenny’s past working up to present day. When so many play the blame game Jenny takes responsibility for her actions. In the end it all comes down to you. You can play the continual victim or you can strive for mo 3.5 starsHeartwarming, inspiring, and all those other clichéd terms may be over used, but still apply to EXPECT A MIRACLE; as does children having so much to teach us and seeing the world through the eyes of a child. Each chapter begins with Connor or Connor and Cayden, then moves on to Jenny’s past working up to present day. When so many play the blame game Jenny takes responsibility for her actions. In the end it all comes down to you. You can play the continual victim or you can strive for more.Parents expect/hope their children will love and protect one another, barring the typical sibling rivalry. When you have a special needs child there can also be resentment for all the attention and extra care they require, along with guilt for feeling that way. It’s not easy from any standpoint and I sincerely hope Connor and Cayden’s relationship continues without that. As for the ending, was it simply another statistic or did personality differences play as large a role as the demands of the situation? While not unexpected I’d been optimistic for another outcome.Memoirs aren’t a typical read for me but EXPECT A MIRACLE was easy to read. It goes a little deeper than skimming the surface but doesn’t get down to the nitty gritty. That being said, whether you’re crying for a young girl who loses her mother and is taken from the only family she knows, or at the beauty, fierce love, and determination of a young boy, you aren’t likely to be unmoved by Jenny, Jeff, and the Long brothers. Reviewed for Novels Alive TV & Manic Readers
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    The reason to read this book is the inspiring love between brothers Conner and Cayden, the sons of narrator Jenny Long. I want to meet this extraordinary young man, Conner, who touches us through his pure love and compassion for his brother born with spastic cerebal palsy.Kudos to Sports Illustrated for Kids for naming the brothers Sports Kids of the Year in recognition of the brothers' completion of the Nashville Kids Triathlon. Conner swam, biked and ran while pulling and pushing Cayden the wh The reason to read this book is the inspiring love between brothers Conner and Cayden, the sons of narrator Jenny Long. I want to meet this extraordinary young man, Conner, who touches us through his pure love and compassion for his brother born with spastic cerebal palsy.Kudos to Sports Illustrated for Kids for naming the brothers Sports Kids of the Year in recognition of the brothers' completion of the Nashville Kids Triathlon. Conner swam, biked and ran while pulling and pushing Cayden the whole way so they could share a sports experience. Conner was then seven years old. The chapter about this feat of love made me choke up. And the writing gets poetic in capturing the spirituality in a shared physical achievement.Most of the book is about the challenging life of the mother, Jenny, and the consequences of bad decisions she made. Her finest hour, however, was making the decision to care for Cayden at home when the doctor just assumed institutionalizing him would be best for the family. Jenny's decision and the actual caring of Cayden certainly commands awe and respect.Expect A Miracle is a good read. It goes quickly, and when you finish, you will feel you should reach out to your own siblings and try to have even a small fraction of the love and support in this family.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.I loved this book - no sugarcoating, no "I turned my life around and it's perfect now". Jenny Long tells it like it is: straightforward and honestly. Life isn't picture perfect with a fairy tale ending, but her fight have a life making sure her boys know what it means to be loved is amazing. Conner and Cayden's story is truly inspirational - I hope I can teach my sons how to always be there for each other!
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Remember the seven year old boy named Conner who ran/rode/push his 5 year old brother Cayden in the 2011 Nashville Kids Triathlon? Well, Jenny Long (their mom) just released this book in the fall about growing up, having the boys, their lives, and the remarkable brotherly bond and love Conner and Cayden have for each other. I give this memoir five stars and beyond! So uplifting and inspirational!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a very inspiring story of a young girl facing tragedy, making some bad choices, and finally turning her life around.The loving relationship between her sons is an interwoven story. They triumph in a unique way over adversity and become an inspiration for many.As a Christian, I found this book showed the way that God can turn sinners into successes, even when they don't believe in themselves.
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  • Karen & Gerard
    January 1, 1970
    Expect a Miracle by Jenny Long is a true story, but you really get two stories in this book. Through the first half of this book, Jenny tells her story of growing up and it is a remarkable one! Then we get to Conner and Cayden. Their story will make you feel good. They demonstrate the true meaning of brotherly love. This is a short book that I am glad I read. I would have liked it to be longer. (Gerard's review)
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    God bless this family! This story was so raw for me. Jenny laid bare her accomplishments as well as her failures. The love this family shares as well as the strength in their love for each other is overwhelming. Read this book you won't be disappointed
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    You get two stories in one with this book. The author & mother of the boys tells her story & then shares the boys story. I love the boys story & their commitment to each other is out of this world as not all siblings choose to love each other this deeply.
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  • Michelle Olms
    January 1, 1970
    Great book. Would definitely recommend.
  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.
  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I loved this inspirational story. The love Conner and Cayden have for each other was very evident, as was Jenny's story of overcoming great odds.
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
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