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The Gift of Love by Amy Clipston

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I don’t read too many biographies or memoirs, but I recently read one of Amy Clipston’s Amish novels, so this one intrigued me.

Amy is a Christian fiction writer, and her dream begins to be fulfilled during the darkest days of her life.

Her father suffers a stroke while she is still in college, giving her young adult life much difficulty. During those days, she meets her soul-mate Joe, and the story is sweet but still has very many turns ahead. Just a few years into their marriage, they realize Joe has a kidney disease. But before too much time goes by, he receives a new kidney and they hope life can gain some stability again.

Only it seems life will stay wrought with stress and toil for a while as his body rejects his new kidney. It takes several more years before they can once again find peace. As Joe’s body has to undergo dialysis, he is weak, irritable and the entire family hurts and suffers.

Not only is there poor health to deal with, but Amy finds herself struggling to parent their two sons, while working full-time to provide health insurance and to pay the bills. A publishing company gives her a contract for an Amish series. This gives Amy an escape from the stress that surrounds her, and also helps provide extra income.

Amy is determined to be a kidney donor, but is disappointed to find she is no match for her precious husband. So they sign up through a paired donation program and are accepted. After a few months, there is a match! Miraculously, they are paired with another couple. Amy’s kidney goes to a suffering woman whose husband donates his healthy kidney to Joe. It is a precious thing, and the couples are able to meet and talk while in the hospital.

This is a very sweet story and anyone would enjoy reading it.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Taylor’s Gift by Todd and Tara Storch

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This story begins as a heart-wrenching tragedy and ends with hope. In March, 2010, the Storch family was on a skiing vacation when 13-year-old Taylor had a horrible skiing accident that ended her life. As the family grieved, they made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. This story follows four other families and their battles with different diseases and health problems. When Taylor’s organs were donated, these families got new life!

When the accident takes place, the grief is completely overwhelming to say the least. Tara, the mother couldn’t eat for several days. She sobbed and vomited…for days. Even after several days, she would awaken screaming for her daughter. This went on around the clock for weeks. Friends and family were there 24/7 to care for her, Todd (Taylor’s dad), and the other children, Ryan and Peyton. I couldn’t stop the tears either as I read through these chapters. I cannot imagine feeling like 1/5 of me was forever gone.

Todd worked through his grief by getting busy. He helped to organize a memorial for Taylor at her middle school. But the biggest thing was starting Taylor’s Gift, a foundation started to increase awareness of organ donation. This foundation helps to link people to their own state, and to learn how they can register to be an organ donor.

The website Taylor’s Gift has a lot of pictures, products to buy, and stories about others who have benefited from organ donation. Click here to see when the Storches met Patricia, the precious lady who received Taylor’s heart.

Through this foundation, the Storch family found a new purpose and a new hope. The book definitely did its job. Taylor will never be forgotten, and I am forever aware of the beautiful gift of her organs, that her death brought forth.

A great book… but only if you feel like crying.

Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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