by Steven Ertelt
March 26, 2006
Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — The new book about the life and death of Terri Schiavo, written by her parents and brother and sister, hits the bookshelves on Tuesday.
With a release date of just three days before Terri’s ex-husband starved her to death in a court-approved euthanasia, “A Life That Matters" provides in inside look into the horror of a family watching someone they love slowly die before their eyes.
Unlike a new book written for Michael Schiavo, which he told NBC’s "Dateline" on Sunday was meant to "settle some scores" with the Schindler, family, Terri’s father, Robert Schindler, says their book was written to honor her.
"In the book, we reveal information about Terri when she was a youngster through adulthood," Schindler said.
"We tried to share with you an inside look at Terri’s personality, how kind she was and how she touched the hearts of everyone that knew her," Schindler added.
In an email to LifeNews.com, Terri’s father called the book an "eye opener."
"It deals with Terri’s tragic collapse, the suffering she incurred at the hands of her husband and explicit details demonstrating how the court manipulated the justice system, solely for the purpose of ending Terri’s life," Schindler said.
"We also give everyone insight to the events that were transacting behind the scene as we attempted to save Terri from her horrible fate," he added.
The Schindler family will appear on numerous television programs on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their book.
While proceeds from the sale of “A Life That Matters" will benefit their family foundation to help disabled people, there is no word on what Michael plans to do with the money he will make. He has started a political group to target lawmakers who sided with the Schindlers in their efforts to protect their daughter.
According to Amazon.com sales figures, the Schindlers’ book is ranked 2,885 on the list of millions of books for sale while Michael’s book is only ranked 37,534.
Terri died on March 31, 2005 at the age of 41 after a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death. Her former husband, who has since married the woman with whom he was having an affair, won the legal right to euthanize her.
Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org