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Escape from the World Trade Center (Ebook Shorts) Kindle Edition

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"Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing"
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  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HF2V6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By BarbZ on August 18, 2011
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This is a quick read which is not easy to put down, but I found myself reading slowly in order to absorb its enormity.

It is at once a look at: the tragedy of 9/11, the workings of the human mind/spirit as it experiences this level of trauma, the sudden realization/affirmation of what is really important in life, the role of religious belief in the life of one who had firm religious belief before living through these events.... all in an amazingly short span of writing.

The gravity of the story is retold through beautiful writing. Putting this into the written word to be read by others is gutsy, and should be respected. I found myself nodding at her recognition that the firefighters probably knew they weren't coming back.... I always believed that. They appeared to have made a choice. This was not simply a matter of "doing their job". You could see it in the eyes of the fireman whose haunting photo came from those stairs after the tragedy.

One note: The book is full of bible references, and other religious notations. Although I share neither her specific religion nor her solid religious orientation, in this case, the references did not bother me, nor did I find them intrusive in her telling of her story.

Thank you to the author for her sharing as we approach the tenth anniversary.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By CBP the bookworm on August 20, 2011
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Frankly, I'm stunned by the rave reviews for this one. I was ready to put it down in disgust at the bad writing style (despite really wanting to read about her experience in the WTC), but decided that since it was a quick read I'd put up with it and see if it got any better. It didn't. And I have to say I didn't like her character much either. Early in the book she's almost blase about her negative traits, and I hoped that the end of the book would show a realisation of them and solid effort to become a better person, but the absence of any description of such growth leads the reader to think that her honesty is more due to not seeing anything wrong with the traits than having seen and improved.

I did find the bible quotes overdone and oftentimes ill-placed, but that was only a minor gripe compared to the other negatives. Some examples:

Her character:
1) She was a manipulative boss: "I took mental note of those working and those pretending to work in order that I might later make someone's day with a big project that afforded them no time for pretense."
2) She was a control freak and selfish: "[Questioning her assistant] was to appease my need to be in control and to get an explanation simple enough so as not to complicate my breakfast."
3) She had a simplistic and exclusionary faith: "the Negro spirituals that flow from the mouths of these dirty-blond men [homeless men busking in the subway] embarrass me." (Note: Negro spirituals were coded escape messages for slaves in southern America; to be embarrassed by disempowered people singing them shows failure to understand the songs' purposes and to see below the socially-unacceptable surface of those people.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on August 18, 2011
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There are just some books that no matter what you say about them, you know you'll never do them justice. For me, this is one of those books.

This woman is incredibly brave to have told her story. I just can't imagine how she did it. Living with what she went through is unbelievable. I loved her honesty and refusal to paint things less ugly than they were. I became so involved with her story, I felt I could see what she saw, smell what she smelled, felt what she felt. The horror of that day came back to me with crystal clarity but with added knowledge.

I think this is a very important book. 9/11 has become just a distant, though horrible, memory to so many people. It's a good thing to be reminded. We still have men and women serving in wars because of what happened that day and the victims are still struggling to live with the terror they lived through that day. They need to be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

I commend this author for her courage and am grateful to her for telling her story. My son military son has done three tours and it was good for me to be reminded of why he had to. Overall, riveting story that will have you remembering, sniffling and being grateful for the simple things we all take for granted.

Thank you so much, Leslie Haskin, for sharing your story of survival.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By noseinabook on October 6, 2011
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This was interesting eye witness account that brought back memories of September 11. However, I skipped about half of the book (the preachy parts) and headed straight for the parts about the towers. I'm a Christian and enjoy religious books. But in this case, I felt it detracted rather than added to the plot.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By crowcounters on August 24, 2011
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Sorry, really wanted to like this one but it was just too scattered. Seemed to want to be a lot of things rolled into one. Thought from the title it would be more of the author's experience during the attack (which it was to a point). Jumps from 2005 to the attack back to another time and then again to various points throughout the author's life. Different than the title suggests. Free book on Kindle and just not what I thought it would be.
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