September 26, 2010

Review: Let's Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abraham

I started reading this book on September 11 after watching a documentary about United Flight 93. I was listening to the story of Todd Beamer and the other passengers on that flight who were considered heroes, and I wanted to learn more about them. Luckily, my boyfriend had this book sitting on his bookshelf, so I was able to pick it up and start reading it right then. 

Todd's wife Lisa tells the story of their lives as children and relates many stories about Todd that demonstrate his character. She describes how they began dating in college, the early years of their marriage, and the birth of their first two children. Lisa and Todd's faith in God was evident in every decision they made in their lives. Todd, while not perfect, was a man with strong values who truly wanted the best for his family. Lisa describes the days leading up to September 11 and the excitement of expecting their third child together. 

Nobody knows exactly what happened on Flight 93, but phone calls from Todd Beamer and other passengers provide some of the puzzle pieces. In the days following September 11 and the loss of her husband, Lisa began to learn more about Todd's experience, and she started attracting a lot of media attention since her husband was being called a hero. Meanwhile, Lisa had 2 young kids to raise and one on the way. This book tells the inspirational true story of how Lisa's faith has helped her get through this tragedy. It is also a wonderful tribute to her husband. Is it the most sophisticated writing? No, but Let's Roll was a book I couldn't put down, and it made me admire Lisa Beamer for her strength and courage. 

Rating: 4/5


kenpen said...

I don't know if I could read this. I think it'd be too sad.

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