In less than two weeks, we’ll be coming up on the tenth anniversary of one of the darkest days in our history; one of the darkest in my life time, certainly, and I’ve seen a lot of time pass by. As America marks the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist bombings of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I’ll be looking at the books that have been published since that day. As George Santayana once wisely noted, “Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.”
The first book to recommend is from a 9/11 survivor who was in the Pentagon that dreadful day. Author Dan Holdridge tells an amazing story of working as a contractor in the building. He had arrived late for work that day and talked his partner into going out for a cigarette break first before heading to what turned out later to be the exact spot where the plane crashed into the building. For the wont of a cigarette, two lives were among those spared and Dan felt the brunt of survivor guilt for a long time.
It took him almost nine years to finally get it out in book form with Pentagon Prayer: The Story of a September 11th Survivor. The book is not just about his struggle to survive that day but also how he’s managed to climb out of that morass of self-pity and memories that still make him tear up if he allows himself to think on them.
Holdridge is far from being a pitiable character, as he embraces his new career as a motivational speaker. Thanks to the tragedy, his new philosophies have been shared with millions. “Never take a day for granted, take nothing for granted. Life doesn’t owe you a job or a meal or clothing. All of that can be here today and gone tomorrow. Be grateful for everything.”
Pentagon Prayer: The Story of a September 11th Survivor is an amazing story, told in a heartfelt manner, and certain a must read. Dan Holdridge can be reached through his website or his Facebook page. He also appeared as a guest on the internet show Edin Road Radio and that episode is available as a free podcast.
You can find copies of Pentagon Prayer: The Story of a September 11th Survivor locally from Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Lexington Green Mall on Nicholasville Road or Barnes & Noble in the Hamburg Pavilion Shopping Center on Man o’ War Blvd.
Lexington, where were you on 9/11/2001? Do you have any memories to share with me about that day? Tell me your story in the comments. I want to hear them.
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