Sunday, September 4, 2011

Life is Too Short: Stories of Transformation and Renewal After 9/11

Life is Too Short: Stories of Transformation and Renewal After 9/11  

The 10 year anniversary of 9/11 is right around the corner and many celebrations have been planned honoring the lives that were lost on that day.  Everyone has dealt with the events of 9/11 in their own way but one thing is for sure......the day will never be forgotten.  Most people can tell you exactly where they were, what they were doing and what was happening around them. I still recall that day just like it was yesterday. I will never forget where I was or the impact that 9/11 had on my own life. 

In honor of the 10 year anniversary, a new book has been released called Life is Too Short: Stories of Transformation and Renewal After 9/11.  I was so excited to have gotten the chance to read the book which contains real transformation stories of survivors and those who worked with the 9/11 recovery and healing efforts.  For me this was a great read because I have never even given thought of how hard it was for the volunteers to recover!  I always knew that the victims and the families were going through an unfathomable time but I somehow forgot about the lives of those who were volunteering. Those who saw things that nobody should ever have to see. Those who went to Ground Zero day after day, month after month and dealt with the event firsthand.  Those who have forever been changed. This book is all about their stories.

More about the Book:

In Life is Too Short author Wendy Stark Healy tells the story of people—pastors, disaster response staff, mental health counselors, case managers, and those who worked in and around the Wall Street area—who survived horrific events and have gone on to change their lives after 9/11 for the better. Today many are working in new careers, living in new locations, and being guided by new mindsets and philosophies. As they look back on their lives since 9/11, they see how God was at work.

From a pastor who blessed body parts at Ground Zero and went on to become a mental health counselor, to a woman who survived 9/11 only to return home to New Orleans and lose everything in Hurricane Katrina, to a banker who now runs the September 11 Families Association, Healy chronicles the stories of renewal and faith.

"Wendy Healy has written a fine book that reminds us of the good that rose in the face of absolute evil on 9/11 and the stunned days that followed. We now too often forget that good, but Ms. Healy's book is here to remind us with quiet words of truth. Once reminded, we feel it again and it is all the more welcome to those of us who still grieve those who were lost."

—Michael Daly, New York Daily News

About the Author:

Wendy Stark Healy was the communications director for Lutheran Disaster Response of New York, a non-profit agency that helped those affected by September 11, and for the Lutheran Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod. A lifelong journalist, writer and marketing communications expert, she has run her own public relations and communications agency, Griffin Communications, since 1990. Since her early days writing features for several newspapers in New York and Connecticut, she continues to enjoy telling people's stories. She lives with her husband, Ken, and two rescue Dalmatians—Toby and Summer —in Connecticut

This is definitely one that you will want to check out!


  1. I think after that fateful day life in America was more special for all -especially family life

  2. I would love to read this book. Although I get emotional whenever I think about that day and all of the lives lost. Thanks for doing this post.
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  3. I think this sounds like a great book. On tv we keep hearing about those who have cancer now for being involved. It is a strange thing what they have to endure. Thanks for the great review. Rita


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