- File Size: 551 KB
- Print Length: 74 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HF2V6E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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:
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too many references to religious scriptures. Otherwise well written personal account. I am very glad she survived but her religion overpowers the book.Published 8 months ago by Jane P. Anderson
Couldn't put this book down and while reading felt as though I was actually a part of the tragedy. This event was an unfortunate part of American history, witnessed by millions... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the book and first hand account, it was well documented and gave me a sent of visualization that can only be described by one who was there.Published 16 months ago by Rhonda Carlson
This was a little scary, intense, but I read every page. My very first free book on my KindlePublished 16 months ago by sharon gillman
Seems to me to be a journal rewrite. Focuses less on details and more on feelings. Very real and very raw emotions and reactions. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bob Allen
Great book! Well written - I highly recommend. A real insight into those that were actually in the towers.Published 23 months ago by Nancy S
You probably remember exactly where you were on September 11, 2001 and remember what horror you felt as America was attacked. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rebecca of Amazon
Although short, this was a riveting story told by someone who lived through the tragedy of 9/11; the pain, the shock, the atrocities that are almost too horrible to live through. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Schnook
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