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Quest Conquered: Book Published

My last post, A Quest of Another Kind,  was about a challenge that my friend Chaplain Bob Ossler and I undertook: writing a book about his experiences at Ground Zero after September 11. It took over a year and more than 1000 typed pages in various drafts, but we completed it and found a small publisher interesting in getting it out in print and ebook formats. Triumph Over Terror is for sale on Amazon and Ingram.

The book, Triumph Over Terror, has been out for just over a year, and we have entered various contests. We claimed a Finalist position in the  AmericanBookFest.com Best Books of 2017 competition, and earned the right to post this award on our blog site and on the book itself. http://www.americanbookfest.com

Now we are in the Readers Choice competition and are presently in 5th place. This competition requires readers to vote for their favorite book. Each author tries to drum up as many friends and readers as possible.  There is not tangible reward for winning this competition–just some bragging rights and a gold sticker to paste on the front cover of the book. Mostly it’s an honor and even a bit humbling to see how many people like and vote for our book.

Would you vote for us, too. Click here. buff.ly/2zYMgjJ Category 6 #Memoir Triumph Over Terror by Chaplain Bob Ossler and Janice Hall Heck.

Please vote for Triumph Over Terror now. Click on the site, then click on the black bar (it says 1/16) at the right corner and wait a second. Then click through to page 6/16, and scroll down to Triumph Over Terror. A little circle will spin to show you have voted.

Thanks.

Triumph Over Terror Paperback – July 19, 2016

 

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15th Anniversary 9-11 Tribute

#NeverForget. Every September 11, patriotic Americans spend time reflecting on the terrorist attacks of 9-11. They were beyond our comprehension at that time…and even now remain incomprehensible. How could such a terrible attack occur on American soil? So many people lost their lives: firefighters, police officers, first responders, emergency workers, civilians. But America is strong, and we recover from these terrible events. Even so, we do not forget.

Chaplain Bob Ossler spent 45 days working at Ground Zero and his memories of those events are strong. He has recorded his memories and reflections in his book, Triumph Over Terror.  Here are a few of the scenes he remembers taken by photograph friends Chaplain Dan Schafer, Dan Pennino, Mary Gepana Eble, Krystyna Anderson and a few others in a video scripted by Janice Hall Heck and produced by Sam Rempel.

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See more on Chaplain Bob Osslers website http://www.triumphoverterror.com

Cell Phones Ring In Deadly Silence

An eerie silence prevails in the wee hours of the morning–disturbed only by a medley of ringing cell phones–loved ones trying to check on missing family members or friends who just might be in that previously noisy, crowded Orlando nightclub.

No one answers.

I can imagine, even feel, the fear and terror in the hearts of those callers, crying, begging, “Please, please, please answer your phone.”

My prayers go out to all of those callers–and to everyone else who has a direct connection to the massacre of fifty or more individuals at that Orlando nightclub: families, friends, first responders, emergency workers, hospital employees, and so many more. Those who respond see atrocious images that freeze in their minds and torment them for years. Who can understand this hate? This viciousness? This anger? It is beyond our comprehension. We cannot successfully answer the question, “Why?”

But we all are connected to this tragedy because of revived memories of other terrors in our lives: the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, other deadly rampages by unstable individuals, and personal tragedies of all kinds. Please offer prayers for everyone involved  in this recent attack regardless of age, race, or orientation in religion, politics, or gender identity. This is not a time to judge. This is a time to care.

We don’t understand the motives of the shooter. But America is not about hate. Be strong and stand together against divisiveness of all kinds. Reach out and offer your care and concern for all who suffer.

Pray for God’s peace and comfort in this time of national sorrow. He is there to comfort us through our sorrows.

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