In The Shadow of a Badge: Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming

In The Shadow of a Badge: Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming

by Lillie Leonardi


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ISBN-13: 9781401942380
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lillie Leonardi worked in law enforcement for more than 25 years before retiring to pursue her lifelong dream of writing. In 1984, Leonardi was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania. She broke barriers again in 1994 when she was appointed the first female chief of police for Chatham College. In 1998, Leonardi joined the FBI (Pittsburgh Division) as the Community Outreach Specialist, where she served until 2010. 

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 A Day of Infamy: September 11, 2001 1

Chapter 2 The Race Toward Destruction 11

Chapter 3 A Field of Angels: Shanksville 15

Chapter 4 The First Few Days at the Crash Site 25

Chapter 5 The United Airlines Team 31

Chapter 6 A Mother's Agony 39

Chapter 7 The Days at Seven Springs 43

Chapter 8 The Memorial Services 49

Chapter 9 The Return Home 53

Chapter 10 The Reckoning Between Mind and Spirit 59

Chapter 11 First Confession 63

Chapter 12 A Reflection of Mary Magdalene 67

Chapter 13 A Traumatic Injury 71

Chapter 14 The Flashbacks: A Return to the Scene 79

Chapter 15 A Spiritual Surrender 83

Chapter 16 The Dark Night of the Soul 85

Chapter 17 The FBI Meets FEMA 89

Chapter 18 A Voice in the Wilderness 93

Chapter 19 Superwoman Has Left the Room 97

Chapter 20 A Secret Revealed 101

Chapter 21 A Lily in Bloom 107

Chapter 22 Weeding Through 111

Chapter 23 The Southwest Trail 115

Chapter 24 Life's Purpose 119

Chapter 25 A Tale of Two Muses 127

Chapter 26 A Christmas Shawl 133

Chapter 27 The Return of an Old Pattern 141

Chapter 28 EMDR Therapy 145

Chapter 29 Looking for a Piece of Myself 149

Chapter 30 Reconciliation of My Mind and Soul 153

Chapter 31 A Symbol of Resurrection 157

Epilogue 161

Author's Closing Note 163

Acknowledgments 165

About the Author 167

What People are Saying About This

Kenneth T. McCabe

An outstanding and inspirational story that will provide its' readers with hope, and renew their faith in God and mankind. Lillie's story will bring tears to your eyes and warm your heart with her kind and caring personal story of her career and her experiences during the 9/11 attack on America. Lillie had a tremendous positive impact on her local community while employed by the FBI, and through this book the WORLD will benefit from her caring, loving personality. I personally encourage all who believe, and even those that have their doubts, to read Lillie's story. I could not put the book down until I had read it in its' entirety. (Kenneth T. McCabe, Special Agent in Charge - Federal Bureau of Investigation (Retired), Commissioner - Pennsylvania Gaming Commission Board (Retired))

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In the Shadow of a Badge: Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
“In The Shadow Of A Badge” was a delight and very inspirational. I could hardly put the book down after beginning it. I would think it would be helpful to those who lost loved ones during 9/11 as well as those who believe in angels. I am so glad the grace of God directed me to this book. I could not put it down and cried most of the time. Lillie's story is incredible and it will bring you a source of strength. Now I will pass the book on to all of my friends and anyone in need of a boost. This true story is a very timely and comforting view of a tragic event that touched every American alive in 2001. I say timely because if this book would've come out shortly after the events of 9-11, or even five years later, the tragedy was still too fresh for me to have an interest in wanting to read a book that relived it, and I live safe in a Midwestern town practically untouched by those physical events. But I had the opportunity to visit Shanks Ville this past spring and when I heard there was a spiritual book written by someone who had been there in the aftermath; it was the perfect time for me to read it. Her vision of the angels is so believable and comforting that it touched my heart and brought peace to my soul. This story was beautifully written and for all Christians it effectively reiterates that God's hand is in ALL things, even earthly tragedies. Thank you, Lillie, for your bravery in sharing your very personal story and rest assured it will help a lot of people cope with this and other traumatic events (you have more than fulfilled Benjamin Franklin's advice of coming to the aid of one other human being in your lifetime!) May God bless you and your recovery. This memoir is one of a kind. Not only is it remarkable, it is something that makes you look at life, itself, is precious. She is, as I would say, one of "God's Blessings" to walk this Earth. It gives a different and inspiring perspective to the plight of flight 93. I would recommend this book highly for anybody visiting the memorial. Reading this book prior to visiting the Flight 93 Memorial provides for a whole different outlook and respect for this site. Well done, Lillie! I have two signs in my home that say "I Believe in Angels" and I do and I hope. Anything I can read to re-affirm this belief is wonderful and this book fits the bill. We can only all pray that the souls lost in 9/11 are all angels and that they care for those left behind. We can only pray that the souls we have lost on earth are all angels too. This book is a short read but you can tell the author writes with honesty and courage. God bless you for affirming my faith. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Hays House Publishing book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255vf: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
frauTutti More than 1 year ago
In the Shadow of a Badge is a very honest and emotional story of person who worked closely with an aftermath of a big tragedy. Lillie is a cop whose heart is broken in pieces after what she sees on site. Yet she needs to move on and perform her duty as an officer. The inner struggle is going on throughout the whole book, the author is unable to find peace even years later. She is dealing with PTSD. The only straw that is holding her is a vision that she had - a field of angels. This vision helps her find courage, forgiveness, strength and at last a peace of mind she lost in September, 2001. This book is a reminder of those heroes, passengers of Flight 93 and what they did: "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13. It is a reminder of a better place and that there is life after death. This book would help people who suffer from PTSD. And personally for me it was an encouragement to talk more to my children about God and angels and pray with them. And hopefully they will remember all we talk about now and it may help them go through some difficult moments in life just like Lillie's relationship and conversations with her Dad helped her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lilli Leonardi's true story touched my heart, mind and spirit! Her role in the immediate response to our country's greatest tragedy on September 11, 2011 as an FBI agent was truly courageous and selfless. Leonardi's personal and professional struggle with PTSD and grief in the years to come is an inspiration to so many of us who have witnessed and lived through tragedy. "In the Shadow of the Badge," reminds us that caring for ourself while caring for others is not only possible, but essential for true and lasting healing. I'm looking forward to reading Leonardi's next offering "The White Light of Grace", in February 2016. Rosemary Hanrahan MD MPH, Author and Life Coach