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Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9-11's Last Survivor | [Genelle Guzman-McMillan]

Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9-11's Last Survivor

For 27 hours, Genelle remained below the surface of Tower One’s rubble. During this 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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The miraculous gift of a second chance....

"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.

©2011 Genelle Guzman-McMillan (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"This isn't just Genelle's incredible story. This is a story that does honor to the innocent victims of 9/11 whom we will never forget." (Gary Tuchman, CNN national correspondent)

"I simply devoured Angel in the Rubble; I read it from cover to cover and found it impossible to put down! Genelle’s life is undeniable proof that miracles still happen." (Crystal Woodman Miller, survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and author of Marked for Life)

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    Mj Harker Heights, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Mj Harker Heights, TX, United States 10-26-11
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet 09-05-11
    Starlet 09-05-11 Member Since 2005

    100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.

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    "Inspiring, indeed"

    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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    Stuart Newstead, Australia 10-24-11
    Stuart Newstead, Australia 10-24-11
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    "Great true story"

    A well told true story which keeps you intrigued all the way through. It is very hard to interupt while listening. Very well read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 09-04-11
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 09-04-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Good Book For A Long Weekend Prior to Sept 11"

    I read this book in a matter of two days, it held my interest and I couldn't put it down. This book answered a question I have always had, why didn't everyone evacuate the buildings after the first plane hit? And it drove home how important it is to act quickly and follow your instincts. I got lost on the second to last chapter, I think, where she talked about things that didn't flow with the book.
    As to the reader, she irritated me with her mispronunciation of the last name Guzman! It is not pronounced "GOOSE-man" it is "gooz-MAWN" with the stress on the last syllable and the z pronounced like zebra. I would like to see a little more sensitivity shown in the area of Hispanic names from some of these readers. It may seem a small thing, but think of the commercial where the guy at the interview repeatedly says "Mr. Dumb-ass" instead of " Mr. Dumas".
    However, if you like human interest stories, this is a good one. Not as good as My Life On the Other Side of the Sky, but a good book for a long weekend.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Maffeo 01-31-13
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    "Heads up wake-up call!"
    Would you listen to Angel in the Rubble again? Why?

    This was totally amazing and I felt right there with the person as she finds herself trapped.


    What does Heather Alicia Simms bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reading!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was an easy book to keep listening to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane HAZLETON, PA, United States 01-30-13
    Diane HAZLETON, PA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Half a sermon"
    What would have made Angel in the Rubble better?

    I would have shorten it significantly after the rescue. The second half of the book was like attending a religious lesson. It was preachy to the point of being annoying. I did not finish the book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author


    What does Heather Alicia Simms bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did ring the character to live


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Angel in the Rubble?

    The sermon lectures. It is obvious God made a difference in her life and that is as important element. She could have made a difference in others life in the story itself without all the side Bible lessons


    Any additional comments?

    Only audible I have not enjoyed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathleen 01-22-13
    Cathleen 01-22-13
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    "Sugar coated"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Spoke like we were little children being explained something complicated


    Any additional comments?

    While we are all interested in people's accounts of what happened during the attack this one piqued my curiosity as her story is the only one I have heard of a rescue so much time after the collapse of the WTC buildings. I can completely relate to the reflections of the mistakes of your life when you are facing death, and knowing how God can change a bad situation from good to bad, I felt that it related little to her emotional and physical struggles that one would certainly be challenged with, as all it seemed to give was a brag story of how she kept her promises to God if she lived. Then the end was nothing short of a sermon that didn't glorify God but herself and how awesome she was now. It was completely sugar coated, I couldn't even finish the book. Don't get me wrong I am a believer and rely on God in all those difficult times. But I know God takes us through journeys to grow and not just have an instant fairy tale happy ever after ending. For example how can one be trapped for so long and not be able to move on and not face any after effects?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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