Angel in the Rubble

Published in 2011

For twenty-seven hours, Genelle Guzman-McMillan remained below the surface of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan after airplanes struck the twin towers on 9/11. During this time, she couldn’t help but reflect on the life she’d lived and how she’d drifted from the faith she once knew.

One of Genelle’s most painful regrets was that she’d left her daughter behind in Trinidad while she pursued her dream of singing and dancing in America. As death now seemed certain, she feared where it would take her. And then she remembered, when she was a child in Trinidad, witnessing the miraculous recovery of her aunt. Maybe, just maybe, God had a miracle for Genelle as well.

Genelle prayed for hours, remembering each detail of her walk away from the faith she’d known as a child. She begged God to forgive her―accepting that she may soon die, but praying for the miracle of life and a chance to live that life with a new purpose and direction.

God answered her prayer by sending an angel to sustain her. Now living in the light, Genelle is making good on the promises she made in the dark while buried in the rubble.

“Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11’s Last Survivor” was published by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. It is also in audio form and was printed in Australia, Germany, and Brazil. In 2020, it was optioned to Lifetime for a television movie. More details on that to come in 2021.


Reviews

  • Inspiring. Gripping. Riveting. Read this book. It will clasp you by the hand and compel you to get right with God and others—today. You’ll be challenged to believe in miracles . . . in angels . . . in redemption . . . and most of all—in God Almighty.
    Robert Rogers
    Author of Into the Deep
  • ...the underlying story of Genelle's strength, fortitude, faith, and kindness is a vivid and important reminder that good is far more powerful than the evil we saw that day. This isn't just Genelle's incredible story. This is a story that does honor to the innocent victims of 9/11 whom we will never forget.
    Gary Tuchman
    CNN national correspondent