This post, a review of the book Faces of Hope - Babies Born on 9/11, is fifth in MBE's special 11 Days of September memorial series. Author Christine Pisera Naman, delivered her son Trevor on that fateful day almost 10 years ago. In the days following the World Trade Center terrorist disaster she felt compelled to seek out other moms who shared the common experience of bringing a child into the world on a day when almost 3000 other families lost a mom, a dad, a son, or a daughter, in a matter of minutes.
Published in 2002, this meaningful book features pictures of children from all 50 states that were born on September 11, 2001 along with wishes for each child. Part of the proceeds from the book's sales are earmarked for Twin Towers Orphans to benefit those who had lost a parent on that sad day.
Ironically one of the book's beautiful babies representing hope for the future -- Christina Taylor Green, who was born in Maryland on 9/11/01 -- was shot to death in another act of terrorism this past January in Tucson in the same tragedy that seriously injured U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
In Faces of Hope each baby photo is accompanied by a pair of inspirational quotes. The entry opposite little girl Green's picture reads, "I hope you help those in need" and "I hope you see rainbows." On the back of her photo page it says, "I hope you jump in rain puddles."
Referencing the tragedy in Arizona, President Barak Obama said in a moving speech, "If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. And here on Earth, we place our hands over our hearts and commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit. May God bless and keep those we've lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America."
Faces of Hope - Babies Born on 9/11 echoes a similar sentiment. That even in the greatest of calamities, the clouds of darkness will eventually be replaced by a new dawn. And with new life, there is always a glimmer of hope to light the way toward a better future. A new book called Faces of Hope - 10 Years Later, $10.95, was recently released with updated photos of all the babies in the first book
In paperback with black and white photos of babies representing births in every state in the USA, Faces of Hope - Babies Born on 9/11, $9.95, is available online, at bookstores, and direct from the publisher HCI. A new book -- not reviewed in this post -- is Faces of Hope - 10 Years Later, $10.95, and is also available from the same sources.
Saturday, September 10, 2011 – 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance
Sunday, September 11, 2011 – 10th Anniversary is Marked in Cities & Towns Across U.S.
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