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JSU Alumnus Roy Williams
Authors 9/11 Book

August 7, 2003 -- Take a journey of healing through the written word of author and Birmingham News reporter Roy Williams. On September 11, 2001 Roy Williams' life was changed forever when terrorists hijacked a commercial plane and crashed it into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Williams' oldest brother, Army Major Dwayne Williams was killed in one of four horrendous events when hijacked planes were used to murder innocent people on the same ill-fated day, commonly referred to as 9/11.

Williams' book, 911, God Help Us - A Journalist's Tale of Faith, tells a story of a man's love for his oldest brother who was killed in the United States' deadliest terror attack. It details how Williams, once a police reporter, experienced something he had previously only written about - the horror of losing a loved one to violence.

This book will capture the readers' compassion for human life and understanding of family connections and how they are never broken. It will search out, rouse and deepen patriotism for a country of greatness and strength. The reader will go along with the author as he discovers and acknowledges the greatest strength of all - that of a faith in God.

The title, 911, God Help Us - A Journalist's Tale of Faith, refers to Williams' heartfelt emergency call to God to ease the pain of grief following the death of his brother. The book opens with the details of Roy Williams' shock and discovery that September 11, 2001 was not going to be just an ordinary day.

It moves the reader through childhood and adulthood memories of the brothers' bond, to the day on which a monument was unveiled in Major Williams' honor, a year after his death. It will take you to the lowest pit of a man's grief and loss of faith in humanity, and yet allow you to soar to the highest glorious height of his deliverance by God.

The author concludes with a perspective on the 2003 U.S. military campaign against Iraq and its parallel to the 1991 Persian Gulf War in which his brother, Major Williams, earned the Bronze Star for valor in battle. The 1991 Gulf War and the events of September 11th paved the way for the Iraq War of 2003 and the ouster of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Hussein is believed to be one of the biggest financial backers of terrorists worldwide. These terrorists include Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda, who are responsible for the September 11th tragic events. The author speaks of how his brother remains a mighty warrior for God and country, even after his death. He gives a testimonial to his own personal salvation and how his call of 911 was answered - by God.

About the Author: Roy L. Williams is a 15-year newspaper journalist currently employed as a business writer with The Birmingham News. He has won numerous journalism honors including three Associated Press awards for reporting in Alabama and Georgia. Williams is married, has two children and resides in Birmingham, Alabama.


"Share in one family's call to God for help as the smoke begins to clear following the September 11, 2001 attack on our nation. Capture the essence of how that family's faith in God turned tragedy into triumph. Know that God can take the bitter things in life and make you better and He will, when you make the "911" call to Him for help.'

-- Bishop Jim Lowe, pastor, Guiding Light Church, Birmingham, AL

"Roy Williams captures the agony of loss of a soldier in a personal and engaging way. He epitomizes the resilience of the human spirit when God is allowed to lead the way."

-- Col. "Stretch" Dunn, Retired, U. S. Army, Birmingham, AL

"During his time of great loss, Roy Williams showed believers and nonbelievers alike what it means to have unshakable faith - in God, in family, in our country. Now he is sharing the story of how one incredible day changed his life - all of our lives - forever."

-- Veronica Kennedy, copy editor of The Birmingham News and wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer Joey Kennedy of The Birmingham News

"On Sept. 11, fate gave Roy Williams a title he did not ask for. Roy L. Williams has been transformed by fate into a drum major for justice, a representative of righteousness, an ambassador of good will."

-- Lee Wendell Loder, Birmingham City Council President

911, God Help Us - A Journalist's Tale of Faith

By Roy L. Williams
Published by 1st Books Library
Publication date: September 2003
Price to be determined
248 pages
ISBN: 1-4107-7012-5 (e-book)
ISBN: 1-4107-7013-3 (Paperback)
ISBN: 1-4107-7014-1 (Dust Jacket)
Library of Congress Control Number: 2003095110
To order, call 1-800-839-8640
Or visit www.1stbooks.com
For free preview, visit www.1stbooks.com and search under Roy Williams.


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