Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 by Kevin TuerffChannel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 by Kevin Tuerff

Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11

byKevin Tuerff

Paperback | February 28, 2017

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"Kevin Tuerff's firsthand account takes us inside a 9/11 story that is largely unknown and helps to restore our faith that human beings need not always be divided by our differences."

--Wade Goodwyn, NPR

"Kevin Tuerff tells a delightful and heartwarming story that takes us from one of the darkest days seen by America and the world, to a bright, safe, love-filled place that truly exists right here on earth. It is a story filled with hope for a better tomorrow."

--Jeanette Gutierrez, 9/11 Survivor

When Kevin Tuerff and his partner flew from France to New York City on September 11th in 2001, they had no idea that the world--and their lives--would change forever.

When US airspace closed after the terrorist attacks, Kevin, who was experiencing doubts about organized religion, found himself in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada with thousands of other refugees or "come from aways."

Yet, when all seemed dark, the people of Gander rallied and the "plane people" experienced boundless acts of generosity. Channel of Peace tells the story of how Gander's compassion, then and now, has ignited a spirit of kindness that renewed Kevin's spirituality and has inspired an annual and growing "giving back" day.

His story, along with others, has reached thousands of people when it was incorporated into the Broadway musical Come From Away. In Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 you will find an unforgettable, inspiring tale of hospitality, the strength of the human spirit, and hope.

Title:Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.32 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Greenleaf Book GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632991209

ISBN - 13:9781632991201

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Little Read Like Gander itself, "Channel of Peace" is small in size but big in heart. The author recounts the stories of many passengers, airline staff and Gander residents during the September 11 tragedy. These thumbnail sketches of humanity and generosity are wonderful in their retelling and colour. But for me, one of the more interesting background stories woven throughout the book is the author's reckoning of his deep devotion to Catholicism despite the church's rejection of homosexuality. The reader is taken on both a journey to small town Canada and a spiritual reconciliation through Tuerff's commitment to doing good in the world in small but significant acts of kindness. A quick and lovely little restorative read.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story of a terrible event I downloaded this book after seeing the Broadway musical "Come from Away". That show tells the story of what happened when 7000 airline passengers en route from Europe to the US on 9/11 were diverted to the small Newfoundland town of Gander (population 9000). Kevin Tuerff was one of those passengers, and his personal retelling of the story of kindness that was shown to strangers in a time of despair and need is truly beautiful. His story also brings out how the spirit of giving became a "pay it forward" philosophy of life for so many on the receiving end of Gander's hospitality. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story of a terrible event I downloaded this book after seeing the Broadway musical "Come from Away". That show tells the story of what happened when 7000 airline passengers en route from Europe to the US on 9/11 were diverted to the small Newfoundland town of Gander (population 9000). Kevin Tuerff was one of those passengers, and his personal retelling of the story of kindness that was shown to strangers in a time of despair and need is truly beautiful. His story also brings out how the spirit of giving became a "pay it forward" philosophy of life for so many on the receiving end of Gander's hospitality. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-06-26