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Between Heaven and Ground Zero
by Leslie Haskin
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Bethany, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Leslie Haskin had it all. She was reaching the pinnacle of her career as one of only two African-Americans to hold an executive title within the eastern region of her insurance corporation. Leslie's whole world was focused on financial gain. But all of that changed on September 11, 2001. Leslie was at work on the 36th floor of World Trade Center Tower 1 when the terrorist attacks took place. Between Heaven and Ground Zero follows Leslie's account of the horrific day and its aftermath in her life and the lives of those around her.

Leslie's story is raw and real. At times it is extremely difficult to read, but anyone who wants to truly understand the emotions and after-effects of this event on those who were directly in the line of fire will stick with it, even when it becomes uncomfortable. The book doesn't stop with Leslie's experiences on that day. The truly miraculous part of the story is that the event was a catalyst for Leslie to allow God back into her life. The God of her childhood, Who Leslie had shoved to the back burner on her quest for success.

After the attack and before Leslie found God's strength and healing, she suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and those experiences are also chronicled. At times, the tale is rather disjointed, which makes it slightly difficult to follow the chain of events. However, this powerful story has something to teach every reader. As the events of September 11 become more of a distant memory, Between Heaven and Ground Zero brings to light the real people involved and the stories of God's mercy and redemption they have experienced.

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