Story of a father's love that you will never forget
May 2, 2009
Walking Taylor Home by Brian Schrauger is the heartbreaking story of a father learning to let go of his young son. When Taylor was nine, he was diagnosed with a rare and virulent form of cancer: Osteo-sarcoma. A tumor the size of a melon was in his pelvis, and in order to remove it, first he underwent chemotherapy and then a surgery that completely removed his left leg and hip. None of this slowed down this effervescent young man or his spirit. While Brian went through repeated bouts of anger at God and deep depression, Taylor lived each and every day to its fullest, embracing every ounce of joy he could find, and when he couldn't find any, he created it. This young man snorkeled, went camping, loved doing belly flops, and teased his father mercilessly, and in this, his father and the rest of the family was able to find hope to cling to even during the darkest days. Brian is brutally honest about his anger and distance from a God who allowed his son and soulmate to suffer as Taylor did. Any parent can relate to the suffering they face themselves whenever their child is in pain, but no one wants to ever face the kind of pain that haunted many of Taylor's days and nights. And yet, despite knowing how the story will end, and despite the sadness in the book, there is a deep sense of faith and hope on each page. Taylor never doubted in God's love for him, even when he cried out in pain and the cancer just kept coming back, he knew that his heavenly Father loved him even more than his earthly father. There's a message of hope for each of us, and while Taylor did not live long enough to father any children here on earth, as Brian says, Taylor has fathered hundreds, maybe thousands of heavenly children. People who came to understand the nature of God through Taylor's story, people who surrendered themselves to the Lord because of Taylor's love of life and amazing faith. The tears still haven't dried in my eyes from reading Taylor's story, but even when they do, his faith will remain fresh in my soul.
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