Triumph Over Terror
by Ground Zero Chaplain, Bob Ossler
with Janice Hall Heck
Bob Ossler answered the call for chaplains to serve at Ground Zero in New York City after the devastating and disheartening 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and our country.
Triumph Over Terror tells of the heroism he saw in other workers and volunteers at Ground Zero, the emotional upheaval for victims’ families and rescue workers, and his own emotional turmoil as he ministered to the weary and heartbroken.
Through the stories of his experiences at Ground Zero, Ossler offers a model for compassionate, hope-filled response to any person in the grips of a crisis or emotional trauma.
Tim Shoemaker, published author and speaker said this about Triumph Over Terror: “I intended to take just a minute to glance through Bob’s book, but I got hooked on the first page and just kept reading. Triumph Over Terror isn’t just a history lesson, it’s a book full of life lessons.”
Dennis Smith, Report from Ground Zero
As a retired New York City firefighter and writer, Smith wrote a compelling book on the aftermath of 9-11. Using interviews with other firefighters and emergency workers, he provides accounts of the days following the terrorist attacks from multiple perspectives.
“Smith has captured the horror and chaos of those first terrifying hours, and the ensuing anger and grief and determination. He has also captured the courage of New York city’s firefighters and the spirit of the city’s firehouses, bloody but unbowed in the wake of that terrible September morning.”–MichikoKakutani, New York Times.
We used this book as a solid reference for our work on Triumph Over Terror.
Answering the Call
- Publisher: INTERNATIONAL BIBLE SOCIETY (2002)
This pocket-size (just right for turnout coat pockets) New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs is specifically designed for firefighters and emergency service workers. The first six pages of this book include “The Firefighter’s Prayer” plus inspirational photographs and messages for emergency workers. “Some people call us heroes, but we realize that risking our lives for others is what we do. It’s our job. We run in when all others are running out.” Another fourteen front-matter pages give suggestions for reading the book along with recommendations for specific selections related to being afraid, angry, anxious, discouraged, impatient, overwhelmed, worried, and more.
Interspersed between sections of the New Testament, you will find more photos of emergency workers and first-hand experiences stories of critical moments on the job. Some of these stories related to 9-11, and one is written by Bob Ossler, author of Triumph Over Terror.
This book will make the perfect gift for the emergency worker in your family or circle of friends.
Krystyna Sanderson, Light at Ground Zero: St. Paul’s Chapel after 9/11
This book of photographs from Square Halo Books portrays the devastation at Ground Zero after 9-11. Yet, miraculously, one small Episcopal chapel, St. Paul’s, on the border of Ground Zero escaped damage. The new mission of St. Paul’s became that of serving the weary and hungry search and rescue and recover workers, the clean-up workers, and the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers who served the workers. Inspirational Bible quotes accompany each picture. This book is a record of the resiliency of New York, the dedication of the workers, and the faith that held us together after the devastation.