‘Fighting for Dear Life’ by David Gibbs
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 9, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network –
“A passionate book about an issue of great importance to our time.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Regardless of where you stand on the life and death of Terri Schindler Schiavo, the story of both the legal and human struggle she represents remains one to which we should all listen.”
— Nancy A. Grace, Host of CNN-Headline News’ “Nancy Grace Show”
Nearly two years ago the nation was rocked when an innocent woman was court ordered to die. The media was overtaken with the trial, reporting facts and updates, flashing images of the family and the courtroom, and spurring on endless debates about the right to life.
Yet despite all the information crammed into the minds of America, the key facts surrounding the trial – facts that could have altered the tragic outcome and the course of a nation – were not reported. Now David Gibbs, the attorney who fought for Terri Schiavo, speaks out in “Fighting for Dear Life,” offering information the nation was previously denied.
A Few of the Facts That Weren’t Reported:
— Terri was never on a ventilator. Her only “life support”
was assistance with food and water at mealtimes –
something she might have overcome with therapy.
— Michael Schiavo and the court denied access to more than
forty medical professionals, doctors, and neurologists
who believed Terri had not been properly diagnosed.
— Terri COULD recognize her parents and respond to them,
attempting to speak.
— Terri was so healthy that it took 13 days for her to
die – even without an ounce of food or water.
— A Florida death row cell would have been safer for Terri
than her hospice room since you can’t starve a convicted
criminal, or even an animal, according to Florida law.
Yet this is more than just a book of misreported facts. It is a compelling story about a woman who was denied her right to recovery and life. It is a book about the preciousness of life, about real-life courtroom drama, and about how Terri Schiavo’s death has affected everyone in America.
Topics discussed in-depth in the book include:
— Terri’s true medical and mental condition
— Why her death never should have happened
— Why her death matters so critically for us as we grapple
with the value of life and the question of who decides
Special features of the book include:
— More than 40 black-and-white photos depicting both
Terri’s life and the full span of the Schiavo case
— Timelines of the 14-year fight for Terri’s life
— Frequently Asked Questions about Terri and the trial
— Sample Health Care Surrogate form – a form that, should
you be rendered incapacitated, enables someone of your
choosing to make health care decisions for you
— Full text of Terri’s Law – the full law that was drafted
and passed to help save Terri’s life
— Full text of the Act of Congress from March 20, 2005,
that brought the Schiavo case to the federal level
Praise for “Fighting for Dear Life”:
“‘Fighting for Dear Life’ proclaims the clear message that we long for the world to hear. David fought courageously to save Terri’s life and loved our family during some of the darkest hours of our lives.”
— Bob and Mary Schindler, Parents of Terri Schiavo
“David Gibbs argues convincingly that life is a precious gift from God that must be protected.”
— Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida
“As a quadriplegic, I thank God for courageous advocates like my friend David Gibbs who hold fast to life values no matter how severe the circumstances. In ‘Fighting for Dear Life,’ David presents thoughtful arguments and practical advice that will help the reader forge an honorable path through the legal, medical, and moral complexities of life.
I highly recommend this excellent book.”
— Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Gibbs defends the rights of churches and Christians nationwide as a legal missionary attorney through Gibbs Law Firm and the Christian Law Association. He’s a graduate of Liberty University and received his law degree from Duke University. He co-hosts “The Legal Alert” heard on more than 1,000 radio stations daily, and he has appeared on many major news and talk shows including “Larry King Live,” “Face the Nation,” “Fox & Friends,” “Hannity & Colmes,” and “The Michael Reagan Show.” David, his wife, and their four children make their home in Florida.
NOTE: David will be traveling to 25 churches throughout the country from October 2006 through February 2007 as part of the Christian Law Association seminars. He will be educating pastors and ministry staff about the tax concerns of the elderly and disabled and cover end-of-life issues.
For more information, including a hi-res. cover for download:
ISBN: 076420243X; Hardcover; $19.99
Bethany House Publishers Media Contacts:
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