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In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir About Flight 93, a Field of Angels and My Spiritual Homecoming Paperback – November 11, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Word Association Publishers; 1st edition (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595717390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595717399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lillie Leonardi takes us back to September 11th, as she describes her traumatic experience of that day. As a professional who was called to duty in Shanksville, PA, she was affected in the most human ways. Not only does she describe how the horrific experience changed her life, she found the courage to share a truly awesome vision. Her physical, emotional and spiritual healing journey from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to becoming whole again reminds us courage is the driving force of making real change.
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Riveting... Emotional... and Extremely Traumatic are words forever etched in my mind that describe the emotions felt that day and resurfacing as I sit curled on my couch with Lillie Leonardi's book, "In the Shadow of a Badge: A Spiritual Memoir."

She shares her experience as a first responder to the hijacked airliner that crashed in Shankville, PA on September 11, 2001. An unimaginable and horrific event; a life altering change for all Americans and the world!

A former FBI employee that suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, she attributes this condition to her role in the investigation of the terror attacks.

Leonardi describes her life as forever altered from that experience. The plot centers on her vision of angels at the crash site. She first describes the thick smell of fuel, burning wood and smoldering pine. She thought back to all the cases she handled as a police officer but this was far the worst. She felt many emotions standing in the field and taking in the scene. It was then that she saw the shimmer of light on her left shoulder that grew into the angels that filled the crash scene. Oddly, she did not see any of the lifeless bodies scattered in the field. She contends that her life has been changed more by what she didn't see that day.
"When I look at people, I see their souls... I witness the internal source of their being, the external of the person. I see the purity which is derived from their sprit buried within the caverns of their body and connected to their mind."

As I read, I caught my mind drifting back to that moment in time; a vivid painful memory. The gut wrenching pain in my stomach; extreme agony deep within! Being 6 months pregnant, I grabbed my belly; protecting my unborn child. I wept as many of us did!

Leonardi's personal account is a very touching one. Through her experience, she has become an inspiration to others as a writer and speaker. I highly recommend this memoir!
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By Denny on December 7, 2011
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What an inspirational personal memior. I know that I benefitted from this story and I know others will as well. Thank you Lillie Leonardi for sharing your experience with us. I know that you will have great success with this endeavor. Can't wait for the next one in the series.
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I don't think your review was very nice at all, Oblio13. If you choose to not accept what Lillie said in her memoir then by all means speak your mind BUT to say hateful and sarcastic things about Christianity which is what u did, is just ugh a whole other level of ridiculous and not at all needed or in the least bit helpful.

I haven't read this book yet...I hope it comes to Kindle soon because I can't wait to read this. Many friends and family recently told me how great your story is to read and gave it "two thumbs up"! Inspiration is always needed in a type of society we live in today, sadly. Thank you Lillie for coming forward and opening your heart to us readers.
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Purchased the paperback version for $18 and do not think it worth the price as it is less than 200 pages and could have been told in about 50 pages. Author is credible but her story is rather choppy, scattered and bland. The "story part about seeing the hoard of Angels with Michael" should have been one of the best parts of this book and took up all of a large paragraph with no real detail. Her personal story is long drawn out page turner bland in description and not very enlightening. As to description of 911 and the real hour to hour events of the people, the feelings and the 'real time' day to day activities I found myself re-reading to see if I missed the details I sought. I found it odd she did NOT ask her fellow teammates about THEIR feelings and thoughts or ask about any visions they may have had during that experience. Its done in flashback mode and is rather dull. Yes she certainly had a rough time years later but her spiral into depression etc takes up more pages of little detail. I am glad she is out of the 'mental depression' that she experienced but do not see it out of the normal realm for someone having gone through such in real life minus the 911 experience. She is a religious woman but found it odd that since she 'had a connection to the Arch-Angel Michael' throughout her entire life she experienced so much depression that she could not cope with and relied on a priest and dead real life father religious teachings for help. If you want to read about a woman's life of ups and downs, this book is for you. If you want a read about the real life event of 911 in Pa - find another book.
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this was a very good book so interesting, heart felt, inspiring, and many readers will relate to this true story in many ways. i read and reread what she saw that day because i know God holds this world and all of us in His hands and cannot wait to see what He has planned for us through out eternity. someone very close to me is in law enforcement, was in the military, went through fbi training, so related with these aspects of her story. then i was diagx with a neurological illness eight years ago so i understood some of the hardships of her personal struggles, like accepting something you cannot wrap your head around then try to pick up the pieces and figure out what your life is now to be let alone who you are in this new situation. hugs and congratulations on a job well done! thanks so much for sharing!!
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