God Ground Zero Author:Ray Giunta, Lynda Rutledge Stephenson This is the riveting account of criminal investigator-turned-crises chaplain, Ray Giunta, as he spends sixty-eight life-changing days at Ground Zero, the heart of the worst terrorist attack in American history. Within hours of arrival, he enters the barricaded Ground Zero site with befriended firefighters. There he is an eyewitness and confesso... more »r to the heroic and horrific, to the miraculous and macabre. Working the "third watch" wearing his hardhat with its chaplains cross, he waits with the rescue workers, digs with them on the shifting rubble pile, and leads processions of recovered bodies off the site. Everywhere he goes sidewalks, subways, ferries Ray is approached by people in immediate need of meaning and hope. Everyone has a story to tell, a story they must tell, and Chaplain Ray becomes a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and even a target of religious anger. E-mails he sends home, posted from his PalmPilot while on site, lace his daily account of it all; they are vivid, heartbreaking, shocking, and compelling. As this unique account unfolds, building to its powerful ending, we join Ray in discovering something beyond Ground Zero, something much more profound and personal life lessons in the midst of death and destruction about the power, love, and faithfulness of a God who is near, a God of transformation and grace. God @ Ground Zero is a remarkable, unforgettable true story that is both a snapshot of a national tragedy and a personal story of redemption, providence, and wonder.« less
What a story! So touching especially coming from someone who was in the "trenches" during the whole 9/11 mess. Very moving what this man went through and especially because he is a Priest. The spirituality throughout the book from all the people he encountered was amazing - and his own story was unbelievable! Great book!