Some books inspire you, others simply take your breath away with the power of the words found inside the pages.
This is one book that does both.
Taylor's Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope retells the story behind the tragic death of Taylor Storch, and her parents efforts to turn a family tragedy into a national conversation about organ donation.
With the help of a co-author, Jennifer Schuchmann, the Storches recount their story - from the skiing accident which led to Taylor's death, to the development of the foundation which bears Taylor's name, to meeting three (and talking to the mom of the fourth) of the five organ recipients.
Along the way, you see how family members and friends reached out to the Storches to help them navigate the sorrow of a daughter dying too soon.
The book is powerful, not only because of the way the family's grief is woven into the narrative, but also because it shows their vulnerability and honesty as they tried to find meaning and purpose after Taylor's death.
Frankly, the book's strength also lies in the way it recounts how the Storches relied on their faith in God to get them through the layers of grief.
Not only does this book introduce readers to the foundation that bears Taylor's name, but it also highlights the impact the organ donation made - by telling the story of four of the five recipients.
The purpose of Taylor's Gift Foundation is to "regift life, renew health, and restore families." Hopefully people will read this book and find their way to www.taylorsgift.org or https://www.facebook.com/TaylorsGift and learn how they can make a difference through organ donation.
This is a strong memoir. I'm glad I picked it up to review. While it was hard to read at times - the grief is intense - it was worth it.
I'll be honest, I was also blown away when I realized that a couple I know - who have walked their own path of grief - appeared in the narrative, playing a huge role in helping the Storches learn how to navigate the loss of Taylor.
In a way, seeing familiar names woven into the story pulled me into the pages in a deeper way.
Ultimately, I give this memoir a solid four and a half out of five. It will challenge you to think about organ donation as a way to "outlive yourself" - and help others.
More About The Book
How does a family go on when they lose their precious 13 year old daughter to a tragic accident? In Taylor’s Hope, the Storches share their story of finding hope in God and watching him bring good, even during the darkest time. Taylor's Gift shows how Todd and Tara allowed the loss of their daughter to bring life to five other people through organ donation, and how they have inspired countless others.
More About The Authors
After the death of his daughter, Todd Storch left a successful career in media consulting to pursue his God-given passion to promote organ donation. As co-founder of Taylor's Gift Foundation, Todd manages the day-to-day operations.
In less than two years, Todd has spoken to nearly 10,000 people. Through the foundation's efforts, he has contributed to the certification of nearly 2,000,000 organ donors in Texas and over 12,000,000 nationally.
Todd has more than twenty years of experience as a senior executive in radio and digital media sales, and extensive experience helping companies build their digital and interactive divisions.
Tara Storch is an award-winning sales and marketing professional, an entrepreneur, and a community leader, but most importantly she is a wife to Todd and a mom to Ryan and Peyton.
Along with her husband, Todd, she cofounded Taylor's Gift Foundation to increase organ donation to "regift life, renew health, and restore families."
She and her husband have shared their story on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and other national media.
Find out more about the book here.
Visit Taylor's Gift Online
Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
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