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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Schindler Narrator: Kate McIntyre and Don Leslie Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 2004-2005, when the Terri Schiavo case divided the country, one side of the story was buried under the avalanche of politics and power. Now, Terri Schiavo's parents, brother, and sister speak out, for Terri and themselves. A Life That Matters may well change every assumption you have about Terri's too-brief life and prolonged, agonizing death.

Here the people who loved her and knew her best tell the story not only of the 15 years Terri struggled to stay alive, but of a gentle child who brought happiness to everyone she touched. This is the story of a normal adolescent who blossomed into the beautiful young woman who captured Michael Schiavo's heart. And it is the inside story of their troubled relationship, for the members of Terri's family were witnesses to a growing tension, and were her confidants as she struggled in her marriage with the husband who would later crusade for her premature and unnecessary death.

A book that stakes clear moral ground without a political aim, A Life That Matters takes us inside Terri's family when the courts ordered her feeding tube removed, and it leads inexorably to a scene that will haunt readers forever: a bereft family barred by the police from their daughter's hospice room in the final moments of her life.

A Life That Matters separates lies from truth, myth from facts, and politics from people. It challenges us to hear the words and feel the emotions of the warm, intensely private family who never sought the media storm that accosted them, or the devastating legal battle that broke their hearts. The book asks us what we would do if we found ourselves, as the Schindlers did, wanting nothing more than to love and care for a daughter as long as she could live.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Budd Dwyer | 9/26/2013

    " This book is only sporadically funny. I enjoyed the parts about Terri's crazing, thumping parents -- and the whole hysteria when the plug was pulled was unforgettable. But the sense that our whole country was up in arms over a braindead woman says very little for our civility. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 8/25/2012

    " This book was written by Teri Schivao's family (mother, father, brother & sister) after her death in 2005. A touching story, though rather difficult to read in places. If you read this book, you should also read Terri: The Truth by Michael Schiavo (Terri's husband). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary Elizabeth Morton | 11/2/2006

    " A poweful viewpoint of an extremely controversial issue! "

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