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272 pages
Aug 2006
Bethany House

Fighting for Dear Life: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo and What It Means for All of Us

by David C. Gibbs with Bob Demoss

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Would you like to get the real facts behind the tragic Terri Schiavo story? Here’s an opportunity to read the words of the lead attorney on this case, as he valiantly struggled to save the life of this precious young woman.

David Gibbs tells this story, simply and with a remarkable reliance upon God. His law firm got involved in 2003 at the request of Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler. Candidly admitting that they were up against insurmountable odds, Gibbs aggressively pursued every legal avenue of redress. The lies of the media will be blown aside as readers enter into the private domain of the key people in this drama. Most noteworthy is the author’s description of his first meeting with Terri, and the incredible impression she made upon him.

Written with a lawyer’s attention to detail and arranged in a concise chronological order, this book contains all the pertinent and powerful facts. Readers’ reactions will range from sadness to shock to outrage at the miscarriage of justice shown in this situation. Interestingly, David Gibbs doesn’t offer his own heated opinions on this issue; rather, he lets the testimony speak for itself. And with the inclusion of newspaper and magazine articles, legal statements, and actual observations from eyewitnesses, this collection of information leads to only one truth: Terri Schiavo endured an unnecessary and painful death.

Although the book centers on this one woman, the author consistently leads readers to understand the far-reaching significance of this issue, and encourages every American to be aware of the legal ramifications of this case. The final pages offer a Christian response to this tragedy, which is to humbly beseech the living God to change the hearts of those in our great nation. Prayer is more powerful than any legal petition, and that thought closes this moving account with the hope of a perfect and future triumph. – Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Why Does Terri Schiavo's Life--and Death--Matter for America?

David Gibbs took a leap of faith in 2003 when Bob and Mary Schindler, Terri Schiavo's parents, asked him to represent them in their desperate battle to save their daughter's life. Taking the case, Gibbs embarked on a compelling journey that would forever change his life. He watched Terri fade away in her final days and was with Mary Schindler the last time she saw Terri alive. He witnessed what the media did not see or report: that Terri was not a vegetable; that she laughed, cried, and responded to verbal commands; and that yes, her life was very much worth saving.