Lisa Luckett is a social visionary, an activist for kindness, and an advocate of gaining wisdom by experiencing life head-on. Her mantra “Choose Courage” is the foundation of her social vision reminding us that we are strong, resilient, and have a choice in how we live our lives.
An expert in emotional preparedness, Lisa Luckett is a voice of reason amidst the chaos. For the past 17+ years, she has extensively studied and analyzed the human condition from macro to micro, local to global, personal to cultural.
Her first book, The Light in 9/11: Shocked by Kindness, Healed by Love, is the story of her inspiring journey that came from having an open mind, perseverance, and a different perspective. What she discovered is how the power of kindness can make the world a better place.
While founded in the events of 9/11, the book shares a broader message of healing from any trauma and choosing to see the "light" in our struggles.
The Light in 9/11: Shocked by Kindness, Healed by Love is part of a 20-year campaign to bring Luckett's vision, Cozmeena Enlightened Living, a brand of kindness, to the world. The vast and intricate story of how the Cozmeena concept came to be and where it is going will be presented in three books.
The Light in 9/11 is the first of the three. It is the micro story— her personal memoir of life and family and how the events surrounding 9/11 became the catalyst for her dramatic, positive, personal growth. Book Two is the macro story, a non-fiction explanation that will share her original theory and philosophy of our world today and how we got here. Book Three will be about our beautiful future if we can shift our perspective to see it.
"It is my sincerest wish to help people heal from 9/11 and other tragedies in their lives, both personal and societal, to see what they have instead of what they don’t, and to live lives of joy and grace instead of fear and suffering." --LL
“At first overwhelmed by grief and anger, Luckett soon discovered another side to the trauma, which she dubbed the “Godness of 9/11”—a powerful spirit of human compassion and resilience.”
– Kirkus Reviews
In this memoir and spiritual self-help book, a woman whose husband died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center tells of finding healing and inspiration.
In 2001, debut author Luckett and her husband, Teddy, were a couple in their early 40s with three young children, living in suburban New Jersey. Teddy commuted into Manhattan every day, working long hours at a high-pressure job on Wall Street to support his family, and Lisa was a stay-at-home mom. In this remembrance, she says that she felt that she was “drowning” in the isolation and constant stress of caring for an infant, a 4-year-old, and a 7-year-old. Although deeply in love with her husband, she says that she dealt with feelings of resentment, due to the frustrations of her current life and the pain and alienation of growing up with an alcoholic father and a narcissistic mother. Then Teddy became a victim of the disastrous events in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. At first overwhelmed by grief and anger, Luckett soon discovered another side to the trauma, which she dubbed the “Godness of 9/11”—a powerful spirit of human compassion and resilience. Buoyed by the “kindness of strangers,” as well as the help of two skilled therapists, she gradually learned how to help her family navigate the tragedy and find a new strength, joy, and positive direction in life. Luckett’s narrative skillfully weaves together events from different eras to present a vivid portrait of one American middle-class family’s life during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. She also delves into how pain and struggle can be hidden beneath a placid, public exterior. Luckett effectively uses her experience as a 9/11 widow to show how she left her victimhood and insecurity behind in order to make the most of the rest of her life. Her own choice to undergo four years of psychoanalysis may not be within some readers’ reach, but they’ll still find her unblinking self-exploration and honest evaluation of her life and choices to be compelling and heartening.
A stimulating, personal work about self-actualization in the wake of tragedy.
Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2018
Page count: 228pp
Publisher: Cozmeena Enlightened Publishing
Review Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2018
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Favorite line from a book
or movie: "Its the hard that makes it great." Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own
Unexpected skill or talent
Creator of the Pocket Heart--small clay hearts shared as random acts of kindness and seeds of love in an underground kindness revolution. 40,000+ already shared and expanding daily.Salon.com: Lisa Luckett, 9/11 widow, explains how tragedy helps us grow, 2018 HLN Weekend Express with Lynn Smith, 2018 TEDx Talk: Love vs Fear: Can We See 9/11 in a New Light?, 2016
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