On September 11th, 2001, Ari Schonbrun went to his office at Cantor Fitzgerald the Wall Street firm that occupied the top five floors of Tower One and he happened to be on the 78th floor changing elevators when the first plane hit. In the midst of the smoke and chaos, Ari found a fellow employee who was terribly burned and who needed his help to walk her down 78 flights of stairs. Of the 662 Cantor employees in the World Trade Center that day, only four survived. Everyone else was killed. Why did they survive? Was it simply luck? Or was it something more? Ari believes that God was looking out for him that day. There were many large and small miracles and if there s anything that Ari does know it is how that day ended up being a day of rebirth. Before 9/11, Ari had been focused on the wrong things. All he cared about was his job. He didn't get it. He had lost sight of what matters most in life. After 9/11, Ari changed his life by putting his family first, by volunteering and giving back to the community, and by speaking to groups of people around the country. By sharing and retelling his story, Ari reveals the power of creating meaningful connections to transcend the differences that often polarize and divide us from one another. A great and enduring reminder about what matters most in life.
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Ari Schonbrun has worked on Wall Street since 1981 and has been with Cantor Fitzgerald since 1993. He now speaks nationally and internationally about the events and the lessons from 9/11. Ari currently lives in Cedarhurst with his wife Joyce and they are the proud parents of five children.Review:
A gripping, inspiring first-hand account of the miracles and fate that allowed Ari Schonbrun to make it out from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11 a story of courage, heroism, and rebirth in the wake of the greatest attack on America in the 21st century. A truly unforgettable story of hope that will force the reader to re-examine what matters most in life. --Smashwords
I just finished your book and consider it brilliant. You handle all the tough issues with aplomb and modesty while sharing important insights along the way. A lot of people can gain by reading this book. --Steve Greenblatt
What an incredible story of belief in fate and ultimately a calling. Ari's story, though heroic, spoke more to me about his journey to why g-d spared his life that day and what g-d's compassion meant to him about a higher calling. Being such a passionate man for judaism and faith Ari realizes that even spending hours daily in prayer before Sept 11 2001 he was really just going through the motions and that in the end was cheating himself of his true meaning of what role g-d and faith play in his everyday life. This is not a story about religion per se but is more about encouragement to all individuals to find their higher purpose in life and to set their priorities in order and putting family first. Bravo for reminding us all of such an important point we should all live by! --C. Schneider
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Book Description Self, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110615534031
Book Description Self, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0615534031