by Lance Wubbles
A Time for Heroes by Lance Wubbles retells in magazine style some of the acts of heroism that came out of the 9/11 tragedy. With photographs, highlighted quotations, and short, readable articles, Wubbles pays tribute to the heroes who gave their lives that others might live.
Throughout the book the author contrasts image and the celebrity mentality with genuine heroism. Numerous pithy descriptions of the hero are presented. For example Daniel J. Boorsten said,
The hero is known for achievements;
The celebrity for well-knownness
The hero reveals the possibilities of human nature.
The celebrity reveals the possibilities
Of the press and media
Celebrities are people who make news,
But heroes are people who make history.
Time makes heroes
But dissolves celebrities.
Parade Magazine, 6 Aug 1995
Wubbles opens with a recap of the collapse of the Twin Towers. Next he narrates the events on Flight 93 and gives background details about Jeremy Glick and Todd Beamer, two of the men who helped bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The heroic firefighters and police who unflinchingly gave their lives to save others receive appropriate salute.
There is no simplistic salvo to conclude this book. Instead, he confronts the rugged probabilities of further attacks. He shows the suicidal bomber's hope. The terrorists are taught that they are guaranteed immediate admission to Paradise. Seventy-two black-eyed virgins await their pleasure. He cites British Prime Minister Tony Blair's comment about terrorism: "There is just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it, and defeat it we must."
And with appropriate confidence, Lance concludes with the firm foundation believers have: we can place our trust in God. "My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him."