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“Before I Go”

Memories sustained are not always kind to the heart. Sometimes, the emotions attached remain trapped inside, never allowing for the hearfelt sentiment to reach the surface.  ”Before I Go” is Lillie Leonardi’s newest venture: a fictional short story set to be released on e-book in the fall of 2014 and co-authored by Jada Powell, Leonardi’s eldest grandchild.  It is a tale about finding redemption and the healing power of family ties.  In it, Leonardi explores how important it can be not only to forgive others, but to forgive oneself as well.

The possibilities of a universe connected.

Each of us singular in design.
Yet, each of us is connected as one.
We are all one in the same.
Dare to believe…
Dare to explore…
Dare to endeavor…
Dare to witness and share the story…

Lillie Leonardi served for over 25 years as a law enforcement professional.  During her tenure she was employed as a municipal police officer, a chief of police, and a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Division.

Post retirement, Lillie endeavors to pursue her lifelong passion of writing.  In doing so, she is developing her many life stories into the chapters of her books.

Debut Book Cover

In her first book, In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming, Lillie shares the story of what she witnessed at the Flight 93 crash site on 9/11.  The pages penned provide a personal account of her 13 days at Shanksville – including the tale of angelic visitations before, during, and after 9/11 – revealed through her subsequent treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This first-hand account describes the spiritual experience Lillie encountered while serving in her professional capacity as the Community Outreach Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pittsburgh Division.  Her observations are a personal interpretation of the events preceding and following 9/11 and, in particular, the Flight 93 crash.  The book also details her on-going journey of personal healing and recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following her experiences that day.

To make a tax-deductible donation to support the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit:  www.honorflight93.org/donate.

(The Flight 93 National Memorial is a project of the National Park Foundation. The Foundation is the non-profit charitable partner of America’s national parks.)

To read Lillie’s series of blogs for The Huffington Post, visit:  The Huffington Post

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Lillie’s regional bookseller, Journeys of Life, is located in Shadyside, PA.  Journeys of Life, an independent business for 24 years, is not your average book and gift store. You’ll find a comprehensive collection of products including feng shui, Tibetan statuary, crystals and gemstones, and 12-Step Recovery gifts to empower people along the journey we call life.  The diverse collection of books includes psychology, self help, spirituality, health & wellness, and books by local authors, including In the Shadow of a Badge.  Phone orders welcome at 412-681-8755.

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