Stephanie Murphy mentioned in another interview that people would describe her as having a lot of empathy. You stephanie murphycan see that shine through in our interview. Her book Strong and Courageous was born out of her desire to help others with caring for a child with autism. As a result of her extensive experience as a counselor and her own experiences with a grandchild with autism, Stephanie provides practical advice. In addition she takes you through all of the stages from diagnosis to long term planning.

Stephanie wants to encourage the families of autistic children.  In addition, she wants to help extended family and communities to support autistic children and families.

Stephanie wrote the book in devotional form with short chapters. It also includes questions at the end of each chapter for discussion or to provoke your own thoughts.

Strong and Courageous: Encouragement for Families Touched by Autism

In Strong and Courageous, Stephanie comes beside you as you maneuver the twists of parenting a child with autism. She guides you through, not only the practicalities of each stage but also through the emotional dynamics involved in this often puzzling and uncertain journey. You will receive nuggets of wisdom as she shares from her own experience and from the families she has counseled. Strong and Courageous will take you through the many steps and stages of autism, from the initial diagnosis all the way to long-term planning. You will discover just how strong and courageous you really are as you learn to draw upon Gods strength. And your hearts will be encouraged as you realize you are not walking this journey alone.

Stephanie Murphy

strong and courageousStephanie is the mother of two grown children and three grandchildren, including her young grandson who has autism.  Stephanie’s son is a dentist in Illinois and her daughter is an occupational therapist specializing in hand therapy in Jacksonville.  Several years ago she experienced the death of her husband. She learned what it meant to grieve her loss and move forward in a healthy way.  She  remarried and enjoys life with her husband who also experienced the loss of a mate.  In addition to her professional responsibilities, Stephanie is actively involved with her husband in his life’s work as a missionary to young people in Europe.