“Let’s Roll” — Todd Beamer
I wrote this shortly after I read the book, and have been holding it in my document file and really didn’t know why. Maybe for this weblog.
Let’s Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage
by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abrahams
Tyndale Publishers, 2002, 2006 (with epilogue)
Lisa Beamer portrays herself and her husband as ordinary people. I beg to disagree. Both Todd and Lisa grew up in strong Christian families that taught their children virtue, character, and a dependence on God. Both Todd and Lisa attended Wheaton College and graduated with liberal arts degrees. That gave them something to draw on when they needed courage and strength.
While Todd Beamer is certainly the lead character in this biography, Lisa is an integral part. They shared a marriage made of such a close relationship that I am tempted to call them “soul mates” which does not happen often. It was a delight to read of how they grew together in Christian faith. Todd was a man of integrity yet felt it important to attend a Friday morning breakfast group of men from their church. Both Lisa and Todd were part of a Care Circle in the church.
Lisa spends about half of the book telling about both of their childhoods, their college years, and their early marriage. The second half of the book leads into the United Airlines flight 93 particulars and how it happened that Lisa had even a glimmer of what happened on the plane to make Todd’s last words that she knew of, “Let’s roll.” Todd Beamer acted with other business people on the flight to attempt to take over the hijackers because one of the men on the plane felt confident that he could land the plane safely if he could just get to the controls. The passengers did know from communication with the towers in Chicago that their plane was headed back to the East Coast and probably another National Building or Icon.
Lisa ministers to hearts as she shares her emotions and how she counseled with others in her church to gain stability after Todd’s horrific death. She was expecting her third child when Todd died. Although Lisa never claims it for herself, I feel that she displayed above-average courage too.
I highly recommend this book for both men and women readers. It will cause you to love your country and at the same time, respect highly those who appear to be ordinary Christians. This book should be available in every library public or church.