Authors: Tara Storch
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Â© 2013 by Todd and Tara Storch
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“As a journalist, I believe in the transformative power of storytelling.
is an exquisite example of the power to move people .Â .Â . the power to heal .Â .Â . the power to inspire through a breathtaking story.”
correspondent, ABC News
“Tara and Todd Storch share their story so openly that you will be inspired no matter what the circumstances are in your life.
reminds us of the importance of organ donation and how special of a gift it is.”
actor, Donate Life ambassador
“The Storches are a truly amazing and inspiring family! They show beautifully how faith and hope can bring you through the toughest of times.
clearly shows that there can be a purpose in the pain. I love what
is all about, and I would highly recommend this book.”
, Olympic gold medalist
“Todd and Tara Storch are a true inspiration. Their story is amazing and touching. This book promotes faith, family, and the gift of life. Taylor was a special person and her spirit will live on forever. This book has been a gift that has changed my life. It will change yours too.”
, ESPN analyst, radio personality
“Tara and Todd Storch share their story so openly that you will be inspired no matter what circumstances are in your life. I love how
shows how organ donation can be a beautiful gift and also shows the blessings that can come if you have hope and follow your purpose. I would highly recommend this book!”
, former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys; executive chairman, Jones Lang LaSalle AmericasÂ
, the Storches are an example of an ordinary family that experienced an extraordinary and tragic event. The Storch family transitioned from grieving to becoming a shining example of giving the ultimate gift of life all over the world.”
, NFL all-pro, kidney donor
“This is a book about love on so many levels. HowÂ grieving parents turned their anguish into joy by seeing their daughter live through others.”
, WFAA-TV news anchor
“Tara and Todd's courage and strength in the face of tragedy are an inspiration to us all. The entire Storch family's dedication to Taylor's memory and Taylor's gift makes them my heroes.”
, kidney donor
, Todd and Tara Storch take us inside the agony of losing a child. But more than that, they take us inside the unexpected joy that comes in seeing God use the worst thing we can imagine for good, helping us to believe He will do that in our lives too.”
Holding on to Hope
Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow
We dedicate this book to our children Ryan and Peyton:
This is not just our story; it is your story too.We love you deeply.
CoverÂ Â Â Â
Title PageÂ Â Â Â
Copyright PageÂ Â Â Â
EndorsementsÂ Â Â Â
DedicationÂ Â Â Â
Foreword by Max LucadoÂ Â Â Â
Part 1 EndingsÂ Â Â Â
1. The AccidentÂ Â Â Â
2. Snapshots of TaylorÂ Â Â Â
3. The CowboyÂ Â Â Â
4. The NurseÂ Â Â Â
5. The Bike RiderÂ Â Â Â
6. The TeenagerÂ Â Â Â
Part 2 Rewriting the StoriesÂ Â Â Â
7. Waiting RoomsÂ Â Â Â
8. Holding On to TaylorÂ Â Â Â
9. Signs of LifeÂ Â Â Â
10. Saying GoodbyeÂ Â Â Â
11. HomecomingÂ Â Â Â
12. Honoring TaylorÂ Â Â Â
13. A WakeÂ Â Â Â
14. Finding PurposeÂ Â Â Â
15. Opening DoorsÂ Â Â Â
16. Opposing GriefÂ Â Â Â
17. Purpose in the PainÂ Â Â Â
18. Looking for ConfirmationÂ Â Â Â
19. Showers of EmotionÂ Â Â Â
20. The Cowboy's Daughter Connects on FacebookÂ Â Â Â
21. ConfirmationÂ Â Â Â
22. Of Course!Â Â Â Â
23. The Nurse RespondsÂ Â Â Â
24. First MeetingsÂ Â Â Â
25. One Step ForwardÂ Â Â Â
26. The Stock Market of GriefÂ Â Â Â
27. Her Heart Is in the Right PlaceÂ Â Â Â
28. Hearing Taylor's HeartÂ Â Â Â
29. Trust While DoingÂ Â Â Â
30. The Bike Rider Leaves a MessageÂ Â Â Â
31. First HolidaysÂ Â Â Â
32. Change of HeartsÂ Â Â Â
33. The Teenager's Mother Wants to Reach Outâbut Can'tÂ Â Â Â
34. I Am Outgoing and FriendlyÂ Â Â Â
Part 3 New BeginningsÂ Â Â Â
35. The Cowboy: The Gift of Giving BackÂ Â Â Â
36. The Nurse: The Gift of TimeÂ Â Â Â
37. The Bike Rider: The Gift of FreedomÂ Â Â Â
38. The Teenager: The Gift of a FutureÂ Â Â Â
39. Outlive YourselfÂ Â Â Â
40. The Gift of HopeÂ Â Â Â
AcknowledgmentsÂ Â Â Â
About the AuthorsÂ Â Â Â
Photo GalleryÂ Â Â Â
Back AdsÂ Â Â Â
Back CoverÂ Â Â Â
My initial contact with Todd and Tara Storch came in the form of an email blast. A longtime friend was asking everyone to pray for a player on his volleyball team. She'd suffered a severe injury in a skiing accident. There was concern she might not survive.
And so it was that I became acquainted with the story of Taylor Storch and her family. It is a difficult one. It is a story that causes every parent to grimace, every person to wince.
It is a story that challenges the faith of the most stalwart saint. Why? Why would God give a family a child only to take her? Why so soon? Why her?
These are difficult questions. The Storch family has asked them and a thousand others. They invite you to consider their journey. They don't gloss over their pain. You won't find any pious pretentions or shallow dismissals. Instead, you will find an honest itinerary through the valley of sorrow. Sadness comingled with hope. An alchemy of doubt, determination, regret, and resolve.
Their story makes us think of a well-known Bible verse. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to
purpose” (Rom. 8:28 NKJV).
Note the phrase “work together.” Individually, the challenges of life are daunting and difficult. What good is found in the cemetery or ICU? But mixed togetherâby God's handsâgood will happen.
The story of Taylor Storch is the story of Romans 8:28. On one hand, there is the tragic death of a delightful girl. On the other, there are the needs of ill patients, literally dying for want of a healthy organ. When the loss of Taylor met the needs of these people .Â .Â . good happened.
The prayer of this book is this: may good continue to happen. May this story bring hope to anyone who has suffered tragedy. There is life after loss. It comes after a monsoon of tears. But it comes.
May this story alert us to the potential of organ donation. Taylor's gift of life made the difference of a lifetime for the people you are about to meet. In more ways than we can imagine, she lives on.
Thank you, Storch family, for sharing your story. May God continue to bring healing until we are all finally home.