A story of how good overcame evil. . . one heart at a time.
Reference Information for the Book
- Name of Book: GOD@GROUND ZERO
- Author Name: Chaplin Ray Giunta, with Linda Rutledge Stephenson
- Publisher: INTEGRITY Publishers, Nashville
- Year Released and/or ISBN Number: 1-59145-015-2
Type of Book
About the Writing
- This is the Chaplin's personal testimony about the events at ground zero for 68 days and the feelings and dedication of the many hundreds of firefighters, rescue workers, clergy and relief workers that devoted their time and effort to the relatives and loved ones of those that perished at ground zero. This is the riveting account of criminal investigator-turned-crisis chaplin, Ray Giunta at Ground Zero, the heart of the worst terror attack in American history. Within hours of arrival, he enters the barricaded Ground Zero site with befriended firefighters. There he is an eyewitness and confessor to the horrific and heroic, to the miraculous and macabre. Working the third watch, wearing his hard hat, with its chaplin's cross, he waits with rescue workers, digs with them of the shifting rubble pile, and leads processions of recovered bodies off the site.
About the Author
CHAPLAIN Ray Giunta has been working in professional crisis care since 1987, after an early career in law enforcement. Co-founder and chaplin of We Care Ministries, a non-profit organization providing intervention through compassion and training to individuals and communities in crisis times, Giunta has served at national disasters in San Francisco, Killeen, Okalahoma City, New York City and taught "Healing and Brokenhearted" seminars nationwide. Hi is also author of The Grief Recovery Workbook.
Why I Enjoyed Reading the Book
At the time of 9/11 eight years ago today there was so much chaos and misinformation it was hard to understand the gravity of this horrendous event. Ray Giunta takes you through 68 heartbreaking days of what it was like for the survivors, their families, and those who came to look and wonder how it all happened. For all of those people who wonder where God was during this historical disaster, Ray Giunta's story becomes a powerful testimony of how God touched hundreds and hundreds of the people killed in this tragedy. The perpetrators of this murderous slaughter of thousands were God's people as well and it was through their evil free will that this tragedy happened. As time unfolds we hope that we can see that some good that will come from the useless slaughter of all these people; you will sense that no matter how horrible these tragic deaths were, our Lord will bring some good out of it through Ray's devotion to his unselfish work during his 68 days there in NY.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Everywhere he goes---sidewalks, subways, ferries---Ray is approached by people in immense need of meaning and hope. Everyone has a story to tell, a story they must tell, and Chaplin Ray becomes a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and even a target of religious anger. E-mails he send home, posted from his Palm Pilot while on site, lace his daily account of it all; they are vivid, heartbreaking, shocking and compelling.
As this unique account unfolds, building to it powerful ending, we join Ray in discovering beyond Ground Zero, something much more profound and personal---life lessons in the midst of death and destruction about the power of love, and faithfulness of a God who is near, a God of transformation and grace. God@ Ground Zero is a remarkable true story of redemption, providence, and wonder. Excerpted from the book's back cover.