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"Am I dead? But I was in too much pain to be dead, right? I put my left hand right up to my face, but I couldn’t see even a hint of it. As I lay on my right side, my right arm and leg were pinned underneath me. A huge slab of concrete pressed against my head. Mustering all my strength, I pushed against it. Nothing. With my left hand, I could feel that an immense steel beam encased the rest of my body.
I was sealed in a coffin of concrete and steel. I screamed for help, but my voice went nowhere. I was alone. Completely alone."
For 27 hours, Genelle remained below the surface of Tower One’s rubble. During that time, she couldn’t help but reflect on the life she’d lived and how she’d drifted from the faith she once knew. One of her most painful regrets was that she’d left her daughter behind in Trinidad while she pursued her dream of singing and dancing in America. As death now seemed certain, she feared where it would take her. And then she remembered witnessing the miraculous recovery of her aunt when she was a child in Trinidad. Maybe, just maybe, God had a miracle for her as well.
For hours she prayed, remembering each detail of her walk away from the faith she’d known as a child. She begged God to forgive her - accepting that she may soon die, but praying for the miracle of life and a chance to live that life with a new purpose and direction.
God answered her prayer by sending an angel to sustain her. Now living in the light, Genelle is making good on the promises she made in the dark while buried in the rubble.
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By Mj on 10-26-11
Reminded Me of Kindergarten
I enjoyed this book and probably would have done better with a print edition. The reader totally ruined it for me. She has the inflection and delivery of a kindergarten teacher speaking slowly and with great drama and it made me insane. I shall avoid her in the future.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Starlet on 09-05-11
This is an inspiring read – and a must read for anyone who wants to listen to a 9/11 survival story. I haven’t read one in all of these years and now I have read two in two weeks. I want to remember to see life as she now does and look at each day as an ‘extra day’. You can be either a believer or a non believer to get a boost from this book.
The narrator is excellent as well – one could imagine that it was Genelle narrating herself.
The audio is 6 hours long and there seemed to be a bit of a redundancy in the content, but you know, it wasn't a bad thing because it was a worthwhile discussion!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Anita on 08-19-16
it's great that things ended positively for genelle however I do feel that it was exceptionally pushy with regards to her religious beliefs. A great chunk of this book is dedicated to religious characters, passages, stories and beliefs. I appreciate people have different religious views however I found this to be a bit tiring and difficult to finish because of how much she mentions it. I opted to read this to gain insight into the 911 attacks from an eyewitness/victim perspective and I feel that there was only a small amount of that in this book. Again, great that genelle survived but feel this book is very lacking and tiring to get through.