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Let's Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,825 Ratings  ·  315 Reviews
2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner! The best-seller that has brought comfort and hope to millions in the wake of 9/11 is now available in softcover! "Let's Roll!"—the moving, behind-the-scenes story of United Flight 93 hero Todd Beamer and his widow, Lisa—is so much more than a tribute. A message of character, courage, and undeniable faith in the face of horrifying trag ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2002)
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Matt Barnum
Jul 16, 2008 Matt Barnum rated it did not like it
So I watched United 93 the other day. I had heard wonderful reviews about the film, especially about how refreshing it was that a film about such an emotionally-charged issue simply got out of the way and let the story speak for itself. Of course, nobody knows everything that happened on United 93, which is one reason I'm drawn to the story.

Todd Beamer was a passenger on the flight, known best for fighting back against the hijackers and his catchphrase "Let's Roll". His wife decided to have a d
Jun 11, 2008 Camille rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Todd Beamer, as told by his wife Lisa Beamer. Todd was a passenger on United Flight 93 that crashed into the Pennsylvnia field on 9/11. It is a very touching story about their lives as children, how they met and their lives together for the few brief years they had together. Lisa has an unbelievable amount of faith in God and reading how she overcame this trial of losing her husband was very touching. She has amazing strength of heart, and strength of character. I found myse ...more
Carol Storm
May 20, 2015 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
I loved this book not only because it was a tribute to the heroes of Flight 93, but because it's a real portrait of a life. Lisa Beamer makes her beloved husband Todd come to life like a true novelist, shaping his character with tons of memories and detail.

I also think it's very interesting that Todd Beamer emerges not just as a patriot, or even as a loving family man, but as a businessman committed to success. This goes to the heart of something really flawed in our modern liberal values.

Sep 11, 2011 Kelli rated it really liked it
I think I picked this up at a library around the time it came out. I found it sad, heart breaking, and also encouraging. What happened on the flight was amazing. They are definitely heroes!
The decisions that were made and the technology that led to those decisions is pretty astounding. It is crazy to me that with the phones and internet that were used ten years ago in 2001, and especially now in 2011, have the ability to let people make calls and talk to loved ones right before the moment of de
May 25, 2009 Christina rated it it was ok
I feel like kind of a jerk for not liking this book.
I do recognize and appreciate the actions of the passengers and crew aboard flight 93, and I respect Mrs. Beamer's strenghth, sympathy, and desire to help others. I think she wrote this book honestly, humbly, and sincerely. And really, what more can you ask for from a book that fits under the "inspiration" category?
I know it's cynical, but most of Let's Roll was just boring to me. The writing was artless and cliché, I wasn't interested in 150 p
Oct 22, 2012 Shaun rated it really liked it
I read this book to learn more about Todd Beamer and his role as hero during the 911 attack, which he helped to cause the doomed flight to crash into a vacant field and not an American landmark. I was so impressed by the strength and courage of his wife, who was left behind to raise 2 boys and was pregnant with their third child. I have a new appreciation for losing loved ones and I could really relate to the author's losing her husband. It was a true story of courage, in which I was amazed and ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Kiersten rated it it was amazing
Todd and Lisa Beamer were organized people who planned for everything. But they -- along with the rest of America -- could not have prepared for the horrors of 9/11. On the morning of September 11, Todd Beamer woke up at the crack of dawn for the early bird flight. It wasn't until later that day that Lisa found out that he’d missed it -- and instead settled for United Flight 93. We all know how this sad story ends. Todd Beamer dies a hero, helping with the other passengers aboard the doomed fli ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Crystal rated it really liked it
If I have to, I will bribe my boys with $$ so they will read this.

Lisa Beamer tells how her husband, Todd Beamer, Flight 93 hero, prioritized his life: first, with a strong spiritual foundation, followed by his relationships, career and then a desire for continued education. Todd kept an admirable list of values and characteristics making him an ideal role model for anyone. It was his life long relationship with Christ that gave him the calm courage "to go out on faith" and it is her's that keep
Feb 12, 2015 Janet rated it liked it
This is not my normal book but I am so glad that during my 2015 reading challenge it was one that fit a category I needed.

I enjoyed this book. I remember where I was on 9/11 but I don't remember the story of the heroes of flight 93. I think this book was better for me because of all the years that have passed since that day, it brought it back fresh and what an amazing story of faith along with everything else.
Felicia Bianco
Mar 20, 2014 Felicia Bianco rated it liked it
This book is an interesting account of an average person's life leading up to a national tragedy. Todd Beamer was a passenger on flight 93 that crashed into a farm field in rural Pennsylvania on 9/11. There are numerous chapters dedicated to the lives of both Todd and his wife Lisa in earlier years, probably more than I was expecting. My first thought, if I'm being totally honest was that it was a bit monotonous. However, I'm glad I read the book cover to cover vs. picking certain chapters becau ...more
Beth Pearson
Feb 14, 2016 Beth Pearson rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As an adult in her late 40's, 9-11 is not some note in a history book or story about "The War on Terror". It is definitely one of those defining moments in my life as I watched the world as I knew it change forever.

Before starting this book, I read some harsh reviews about it..How the author, Lisa Beamer, seemed self serving, her writing style was on a junior high level, she spent too much time talking about family members we don't care about, too much time talking about Jesus, etc. However, I
Jul 10, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
After reading the book UN-THINKABLE, I picked this one up and was amazed. I had tears in my eyes through most of it, and celebrated the victories with the author at every hurdle she flew over.

She's the first born daughter of four, taking us on the journey of her childhood, her husband's childhood, and their college life which moves into career and marriage. I knew of the events of 9-11 through media, but never read such a sweet book by such a courageous woman as Mrs. Beamer.

throughout her book,
Jul 09, 2008 Connie rated it it was amazing
Although she wouldn't think of herself as such, Lisa is a hero as well as her husband Todd! In this book she tells of her family's worst day imaginable and yet, there is HOPE written in every paragraph. I appreciated her sharing her faith and how it sustained her through the hardest times in her life. I laughed and I cried but I will always remember that true courage, lies within us all!
Pam Wiebe
Feb 15, 2014 Pam Wiebe rated it it was amazing
This is a touching story by Lisa Beamer, wife of Todd Beamer one of the thousands of people who lost their life in the 9/11 tragedies.

My mom lent me this book in the fall right around the anniversary of September 11th, I didn't think I wanted to read any more about the September 11th events so I put the book aside and didn't pick it up again until about a week ago.

Lisa and Todd have a nearly perfect life with their two young sons prior to September 11, 2001.
This is a touching story of how Lisa
Dec 17, 2011 Pattie rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this down once I opened the cover, I finished it that night. Inspiring and heart breaking at the same time! It has been years since I read it but the message of courage can come from anyone, it's simply a choice will resonate with me for a lifetime!
May 01, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This is the true story of what occurred aboard United flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Contained within the pages is heartbreak and grief but the end encourages you to find hope, strength and faith in the face of hard times.
Jonathan C
Dec 18, 2014 Jonathan C rated it did not like it
Let's Roll, written by Lisa Beamer and Ken Abraham, is the story of Todd Beamer's bravery as one of the heroes who helped bring down United Flight 93 on 9/11. The book contains elements of both biographical and autobiographic works.
Todd Beamer was born in Flushing, Michigan, in 1968. After moving twice, he attended Wheaton Christian Grammar School in Illinois. Beamer spent his first three years in high school at Wheaton Academy. He spent his senior year at Los Gatos High School after his famil
Jul 07, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
This is the book that is written by Lisa Beamer, the wife of 9-11 hero, Todd Beamer. "Let's Roll" refers to the directive Todd gave on the ill-fated United Flight 93, as he rallied other passengers to take over the plane from the terrorists.

Lisa Beamer speaks candidly of Todd's early life, college years, their marriage, last week together, and what life has been like without him, including the birth of their third child. You can see from her description of Todd, that saying "Let's Roll", and ta
May 11, 2014 Laurel rated it really liked it
I read this book in on a trip to DC to visit my son and his family. This fast reading book caused me to think of my own son whose personality, goals, and philosophy are very much like Todd Beamer's, the hero in Let's Roll. The setting of this book, Sept 11, 2001, will never be forgotten by any Americans old enough to remember that fateful, tragic day. Todd Beamer and other heroes aboard flight 93 saved hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives that day, by sacrificing their own lives. Definitely a po ...more
Rachel Jordan
Jun 24, 2012 Rachel Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Lisa's faith and positive attitude inspire me!
Let's Roll is a non fiction book. It's purpose was to inform people about the life of 9-11 hero Todd Beamer. The author (Lisa Beamer) explained the life of Todd fully. She did a great job of achieving her purpose. One of the books weaknesses was that it was really sad. It's strength is that the author was his wife. She was able to explain the whole story of Todd. My favorite quote from the book was on page. 214 "He said, 'are you ready? Let's Roll!" These were Todds last words. I would defiantly ...more
Jan 23, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: 999-challenge
Lisa Beamer, wife of 9-11 hero Todd Beamer amazed me with her story. I picked up this book hoping that I would learn more about the Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania on that horrible day. However, what I got out of the book was much more than just information. Lisa's strength and faith in God are contagious.

The book is a story about how she and Todd met, their families and their belief in the Lord. There are many scripture passages that mean a lot to Lisa herself, and many that Todd kept
I read this book for a book club. I believe that your reaction to this book will depend upon whether or not you are a Christian and your relationship to God. Our last book club meeting was held on 9/11, and I believe that this book was picked because it is the story of Todd Beamer, a passenger and hero, on United Flight 93. The passengers on this plane overtook the terrorists causing the plane to crash in a field in Pennsylvania instead of into the Nation's capital. This book is also the story o ...more
Jeffery Moulton
Jan 07, 2011 Jeffery Moulton rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of my research into 9/11 and its impact on American culture. The book is a personal narrative from the point of view of Lisa Beamer, the wife of Todd Beamer who died on the United 93 flight that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania that terrible day after the passengers fought back against the terrorists.

The book was interesting, though I admit I mostly skimmed through the first half which dealt with the Beamer's pre-9/11 lives, a part that wasn't that interesting. Once
Aug 26, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it
This book tells of Todd Beamer, one of the leaders attempting to take control of United Airlines Flight 93 from hijackers on 9/11. The plane crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania without reaching its apparent target in Washington, DC. The story is told through the experiences of Todd's widow, Lisa Beamer.

After the first couple chapters I skipped about half the book, which went into great detail about Todd and Lisa's childhoods and life histories.

I picked the story back up with the events of 9
Jennifer Taylor
Dec 27, 2012 Jennifer Taylor rated it really liked it
I waited several years to read this book because I felt like everything would have been too fresh and emotional for me at the time of its actual release. It was nice to learn a little bit more detail about the phone conversation between Todd Beamer and the phone operator, as well as how others on board reacted and the families came together to tour the site afterward.

The book goes into detail about how Lisa had to break the news to her oldest son, David. It describes the fear she had of giving
Apr 17, 2012 Coleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8/21/09 - I initially had some trouble getting into this one -- the entire first half was basically a biography of Lisa & Todd's lives prior to 9-11 & while that was fairly helpful, it droned on a little too long. If you're picking this book up in hopes of learning more about the events of 9-11, you'll need to skip ahead to the second half for things to really get "rolling". Essentially, this is a story of extreme faith in the midst of crisis, and I found it very touching and comforting. ...more
Stephen Gallup
Jul 14, 2008 Stephen Gallup rated it liked it
I'm not generally attracted to books that were put together with the help of a ghost writer (despite counting a full-time ghost writer among my friends). Made an exception for this perspective on the one bright spot of 9/11.

Although nominally a memoir (my area of interest), it's primarily a look at the very everyday nature of the lives that generated America's first response to Islamist terrorism. Half the book is taken up with a saccharine account of the author's early years and her understandi
Sep 27, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This book was truly inspiring!
I got really hooked on it and couldn't put it down. The story is so incredible... a group of ordinary people caught in an un-ordinary situation and being such great examples of faith and integrity!
What makes the story even more incredible is that the orchestration of events is true. You can really see the hand of God in these peoples lives. And while there were horrible things that happened, God did not create those things, man did from the influence of the devil.
Brittany Bush
I started reading this book on September 11 after watching a documentary about United Flight 93. I was listening to the story of Todd Beamer and the other passengers on that flight who were considered heroes, and I wanted to learn more about them. Luckily, my boyfriend had this book sitting on his bookshelf, so I was able to pick it up and start reading it right then.

Todd's wife Lisa tells the story of their lives as children and relates many stories about Todd that demonstrate his character. S
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“Slowly I began to understand that the plans God has for us don’t just include “good” things, but the whole array of human events … I remember my mom saying that many people look for miracles — things that in their human minds “fix” a difficult situation. Many miracles, however, are not a change to the normal course of human events; they’re found in God’s ability and desire to sustain and nurture people through even the worst situations. Somewhere along the way, I stopped demanding that God fix the problems in my life and started to be thankful for his presence as I endured them.” 16 likes
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