Taylor’s Gift Book Review

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“In March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch’s life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Knowing Taylor’s caring spirit, they were sure this was what she would have wanted. Over the course of the next two years, Tara and Todd Storch connected with four of the five people who now live because of Taylor’s gift. And through these encounters, the Storches have discovered unexpected blessings that are changing countless lives.
Now Tara and Todd share their inspiring story, shining a light at the end of the tunnel for those enduring the suffering of losing a loved one.” (taken from Chapters.ca)

I’m not a parent, but with a book like this, I don’t think it matter’s if you’re a parent, or grandparent, or even single. This book is for everyone. It’s about a devastating accident that happened, and the journey of the parents, and also everyone else, that followed. It’s something amazing and positive that can happen out of such dark times.

It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in, everyone should be aware of this, and how many people are waiting for organ donations. 5 people now have a new sense of live because of what The Storch’s did, and they’ve connected with 4 out of the 5 people.

This is a story that Tara and Todd have brought forth to everyone, helping people that are in this situation, and the importance of being an organ donor. It will help people know that lives can easily be saved, and the statistics are quite alarming. This is their story, what they weren’t through, how they were dealing with things.

What came out of this was the foundation that Tara and Todd started, The Taylor’s Gift Foundation, bringing awareness to this, and also hope for other’s that are going through this.

Even though this book is American. and talks about American statistics, being Canada, I quickly tried to find the same stats for Canadian organ donors, though I wasn’t successful. (I did only spend maybe 5 minutes on google, but will be looking into this more. If anyone does know these and how they compare with American Statistics, that would be really cool.

This isn’t just a book, this is a story. A story without an ending, as Taylor lives on through the 5 people that have her organs, through the foundation. It’s a story that I don’t believe that has an ending because it’s still going on.

Be an Organ Donor, save lives. Outlive yourself.

Here is the link to the Taylor’s gift Foundation Website so you can be more informed. Http://Taylorsgift.org

Jennifer Schuchmann did an excellent job helping the Storch’s put together this book and it also has a beautiful forward by Max Lucado

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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A Cast of Stones (The Staff and The Sword #1) by Patrick W. Carr

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“In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he”s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.” (taken from Chapters.ca)

Are you into history? Do you like the medieval times? Then this probably is the book for you!

This is the first in a series by Author Patrick W. Carr and it’s a magnificent read.

Patrick does a great job with all the characters and how they adapt and grow throughout the book, especially with the main character Errol, who at the start of the novel is basically the town drunk, spending basically all of the coins that he gets on ale, to becoming a man who has to leave to past and discover things to become the man that he is. It’s a thrilling adventure, filled with action and absolute adventure. The writing is extremely well done and it has the right language for the time. It’s full of danger and intrigue, mystery and suspends, readers wanting to know what will be happening next.

You can definitely tell the Christian themes in this fiction book, which were very well integrated.

 

This was Patrick’s first novel, and there is some great story writing in this. I definitely want to see where he takes this. Patrick W. Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four awesome sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at http://www.patrickwcarr.com.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Should we still follow the yellow brick road?

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We’ve all seen and fallen in love with the classic movie Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland, some have probably seen it way too many times and probably know  the movie line by line by heart. (Ok, know that would be some impressive skill right there) It’s a great movie that everyone loves.

Fast forward several decades to 2013, and I see this trailer for a new Disney Movie called Oz: The great and powerful. I think I saw something about it even before I saw the trailer for it. I’ve seen it multiple times along with my parents, and I kind of agree with my mom’s thinking about this.

Does Disney care about family movies anymore? or kids? or just adults?

James Franco might do a magnificent job in it, along with the actors.

But after seeing the trailer, even for the first time, one comment was agreed upon.

As much as I really like Disney a lot,

That looks like a really scary movie.