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by Kathleen Murphy-Taylor,James Peter Taylor


James Peter Taylor's memoir, Willow in a Storm, attests to the incredible strength required to weather the stream of injustices launched at him over and over again through decades of incarceration.

James Peter Taylor's memoir, Willow in a Storm, attests to the incredible strength required to weather the stream of injustices launched at him over and over again through decades of incarceration. First arrested in 1950 for impersonating an FBI agent to retain the privilege of keeping his date out late, Taylor began a series of petty crimes that resulted in repeated confinements until his spree spiraled into the unthinkable: murder.

Willow in a Storm book. Kathleen Murphy-Taylor. Now an old man, he reflects on how he made it for so many years when many other lifers die in prison.

Written in a stark, unsentimental style, this compelling memoir shows how one man survived a seemingly impossible existence. As a child, Jimmy Pete was repeatedly abused by his adoptive father and family acquaintances. He married young, had a daughter, drifted into crime and ultimately killed a banker accidentally in a botched robbery. Jailed for four decades, Taylor didn’t join a gang.

I was stunned by Willow in a Storm. Mentally and sexually abused by his adoptive father, Jim Taylor receives a life sentence at age 30 when he accidentally kills Kenneth Lindberg, a Minnesota banker and married father of four, during a robbery. It is the story of one man's long life, and his truly spiritual journey into the abyss of our country's penal system, and miraculously, almost mythically, his survival and return to society.

Kathleen Murphy-Taylor. Would you like to see only ebooks? Willow in a storm. Biography, Ex-convicts.

Co-authors James Peter Taylor and Kathleen Murphy-Taylor have been married since 1996. Jim managed to survive over 40 years in prison and was released at age 70, partially blind. Today, over a decade later, he faces further health battles, including dementia. Kathy received her MSW from the University of Michigan. She practiced social work for 32 years for private and public agencies.

Scarletta Press introduces an internet interview with Kathleen Murphy-Taylor, the co-author of the raw, unflinching prison memoir Willow in a Storm, and the publisher of Scarletta Press, Ian Graham Leask

Scarletta Press introduces an internet interview with Kathleen Murphy-Taylor, the co-author of the raw, unflinching prison memoir Willow in a Storm, and the publisher of Scarletta Press, Ian Graham Leask. Willow recounts the unusual life of James Peter Taylor, who spent over forty years in prison dditional information about Taylor's incarceration and re-entry into civilian life. Now incapacitated with memory loss, Taylor's wife must speak for him. Hear what readers have to say about the book.

Willow in a Storm by James Peter Taylor and Kathleen Murphy-Taylor (Fall of 2007). Nominated for the Midwest Book Award for Biography/Memoir. YouTube Encyclopedic.

Willow In A Storm/James Peter Taylor-Kathleen Murphy Taylor/Scarletta Press/2007/pgs320. Learned repentance and forgiveness which the idea of the book seems to stem from as it works as an apology for all those he has wronged. son life/Sexual Identity. At age 30, James Taylor is convict to a life sentence for the murder of a Minnesota banker named Kenneth Lindberg, a family man with a hidden past that tragically ended his life. The memoir contains plenty of darkness but there are glimmering rays of light in the end.

In this moving memoir, James Peter Taylor invites us to share in the painful and realistic struggles of prison survival, where he lived from age 25 in the 1950s until his release in the mid-1990s. Now an old man, he reflects on how he made it for so many years when many other lifers die in prison. He survives, he believes, not by being a stable, sturdy oak, but by bending like a willow to new and horrible situations.Taylor colors his surprising story with vivid anecdotes, never shying away from the sexual and physical violence endemic to prison. As he matures, his faith in God helps him assist others stuck in the system.
Arthunter
James Peter Taylor's memoir, Willow in a Storm, attests to the incredible strength required to weather the stream of injustices launched at him over and over again through decades of incarceration. First arrested in 1950 for impersonating an FBI agent to retain the privilege of keeping his date out late, Taylor began a series of petty crimes that resulted in repeated confinements until his spree spiraled into the unthinkable: murder. Though he never intended to commit such a heinous crime, events transpired which resulted in Taylor taking the life of a banker in a botched robbery attempt. His case became the springboard for one man's political career, and Taylor was subsequently imprisoned for the maximum length of time possible. Attempts at parole were repeatedly denied through strategic maneuvering on the part of prison officials.

Willow in a Storm chronicles Taylor's life, from his earliest memories through his time spent in various correctional facilities, to his current state of affairs. While he repeats many times that his early life events are not justification for his criminal behavior, he does try to explain the various reasons he feels contributed to his precarious behavior. In his twenties, he began a pattern of using women and throughout his life, left a trail of failed marriages and fatherless children behind.

Taylor's prison years detail the various forms of abuse inflicted upon him by fellow inmates, as well as guards. He gives the reader an intensive tour of an inmate's daily regime and the constant threats faced. An important fact the author notes is that only three percent of those given life sentences actually complete those sentences to be released. The rest die of natural causes or more likely become victims of prison violence. Taylor spent years adapting to his circumstances and creating a general plan for survival, but only after several suicide attempts. When he finally made the revelation that he would indeed persevere despite his predicament, it was a matter of strategy to overcome the jeopardy of prison life.

Each chapter covers a specific block of time, and unfortunately, they are not in chronological order. The book could benefit from more organization. Even with a time line at the end, the progression of events is still quite confusing for the reader. I've had to refer to it several times in writing this review just to verify I was understanding the span of Taylor's life correctly. But the details and the author's passion for conveying his message are clear in the writing. Taylor became disabled--more specifically blinded--in an attack on his life while incarcerated, so his story had to be dictated to his wife, Kathleen Murphy-Taylor to create the book.

Taylor has made attempts at atoning for his crimes over the years through altruism inspired by a novel he read while in prison. He regrets the loss he caused to the banker's family, and it is both fitting and beautiful that he dedicated the book to them. Through faith and spirituality, he has attempted to leave a positive legacy behind and demonstrates the redemptive effects of his incarcerations. If ever there was a candidate for reform, I would say James Peter Taylor is that person.

However, I was disappointed that while Taylor made attempts to reconnect with people who influenced him and sought out his daughter from his first marriage, there is no mention of children from later relationships. I would think that in his reconciliation attempts, he would want to bring closure to all of his offspring. He certainly left many broken relationships over the years.

James Peter Taylor's story is a sad one ripe with neglected opportunities. But it is also an eye-opening look at the justice system. Though Taylor deserved to be punished for his crimes, the extent of his sentences did not match his behavior, and one incarceration was simply through association, not an actual crime. It is frightening how easily the legal system can be abused for individual gain. For a person to serve the majority of their life in prison and resurface with any degree of integrity is a feat. I commend Taylor for his resilience and perseverance.
Damand
This is an amazing book. It is not about prisons or penitentiaries. It is the story of a soul, the creation of a life.
I by chance met Kathleen and Jim at their book reading and knew I was in the presence of a powerful, spiritual, loving man. I am deeply touched by his choice and determination to create a life of purpose, of being useful, being kind and generous. He is an example of light existing in perhaps the darkest place of our country in our time, our penal system.
I have been in ministry most of my life, and one wonders what difference am I really making? I am deeply touched first by the impact of the chaplain in the Hennepin County Jail, Rev. Leo Vetvick, and even more by Larry Nelson, Supervisor of Education at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. "This man saw in my eyes something good and he invited me into his domain as a potential contributor." (p.63) It is clear to me, it was their seeing goodness in Jim, their look and words of love that called forth in Jim, and made that profound difference in how he chose to live his life.
I am reminded of Vicktor Frankl in the concentration camps, as described in his book, Man's Search for Meaning. Frankl says in those terrible conditions that he was free, and the guards were not. Jim lived Frankl's description of freedom. It is not freedom from coercion or control; it is inner strength, a freedom to choose making a difference, contributing, not being vengeful and retaliating, even in the most extreme circumstances.
I honor James Peter Taylor for choosing life, a life of listening to his own heart in horrendous circumstances, creating a life of freedom, generosity, courage, service, peace, hope and love. Powerfully inspiring.
Hilarious Kangaroo
Parts of this book are very compelling. The story is good, the writing is somewhat lacking. There are too many details, names etc. that take away from the flow. Mr taylor's life leading up to prison was not as interesting to me as his actual life in prison. I felt like I was being jerked in and out of the story line. There were areas of this story that made you want to get to the next page and there were areas that made you want to skip a page. It is hard to explain, however, in spite of the numerous detours and digressions, I would probably read it again.
salivan
Trying to commit the perfect crime leads Jim Taylor to 43 years in prison. This true account details Taylor's privileged family circumstances, his survival tactics as an inmate in the brutal federal prison system and the slow steps he makes toward his eventual release. Written matter-of-factly and without sentimentality, Willow in a Storm rivets our attention on Taylor as he faces inhumane treatment, dangerous situations and a period of unjust incarceration. Although details are grim, there is always hope. Despite incredible obstacles and with the help of a few individuals who believe in him, Taylor changes from a callous to a caring person. This suspenseful, compelling and well-documented narrative exposes the U.S. corrections system from the inside.
Bliss
I found Willow in a Storm a most compelling memoir from beginning to end. Jim Taylor's account of journey from a difficult childhood through a troubled adolescence and early adulthood sets the stage well for the rest of the story, his incarcerations and finally his release. The psychological growth and spiritual evolution that he experiences are described in believable ways, and the fact that he survived and came through all this a whole person is an inspiration. I recommend Willow in a Storm for anyone who is interested in learning about our Federal prison system from the inside out, and for those who want to appreciate the amazing resiliancy of the human spirit.
Willow in a Storm: A Memoir ebook
Author:
Kathleen Murphy-Taylor,James Peter Taylor
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