Taylor's Gift is the story of the Storch family and most importantly their teenage daughter, Taylor. During a family trip taken spring break, Taylor passed away in a devastating skiing accident. Her parents were asked if they would like to donate Taylor's organs and their incredible decision has led them to a calling of promoting organ donation, which brought about his heart-wrenching memoir.
As a mother this book was very hard to read. Taylor's mother, Tara, especially was consumed by grief to the point where days would pass without her even realizing it. I think I would be much the same as her. Taylor's father, Todd, while still grief-stricken sprung into action creating a website, a foundation, a memorial garden, and doing interviews all to promote "Taylor's Gift" of organ donation. The Storch's relied on their faith and support of friends and family to get through their darkest hours and were truly inspiring. The beautiful outcome of such a horrific event is that Todd and Tara were actually able to meet some of the amazing people who received Taylor's organs and see how incredibly their lives were changed thanks to her gift.
I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was difficult and very sad to read at times, but the strength of the family and Todd and Tara's sheer honesty about their grief and darkest hours really keep the reader interested. If you aren't already an organ donor this book will definitely inspire you to register. This book made me proud to say I am already registered as an organ donor. Another thing this book inspires is an amazing belief in God. The Storch's and their "of course" moments were breathtaking. The "of course" moments were basically crazy coincidences that would have to have been orchestrated by a greater power. This book will definitely strengthen your faith in God.
To learn more about Taylor and organ donation please visit Taylor's Gift.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group (Revell) in exchange for an honest review.