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9/11 Navy Chaplain Shares How God Moved At Ground Zero

A Navy Chaplain’s Personal Memoir of His Time Serving at Ground Zero in the Aftermath of 9/11

Monmouth, OR – Called Writers Christian Publishing is happy to announce the launch of their new book, From Rubble to Redemption: A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers by Jim Jenkins, a retired U.S. Navy Chaplain who ministered to victims’ families in the days following 9/11.

Deeply affected by what he experienced at Ground Zero, Jenkins has decided to share his story with the world as we approach the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11. In From Rubble To Redemption, Jenkins reveals intriguing new details about Ground Zero, including his interactions with political leaders like Rudy Giuliani and celebrities like Elton John, both of whom—as Jenkins tells it—appear to have had experiences of a divine nature while at Ground Zero.

While Jenkins has an overall message of hope, he does not spare the reader the realities of what took place in the days following 9/11, recounting what he personally saw, as well as several painful but touching moments of interaction with victims’ families. He is also vulnerable, divulging many of his personal struggles with PTSD in the years following his service at Ground Zero.

In addition to telling of his experiences, Jenkins does his best to impart messages of warning while also pointing the reader, and the nation, toward divine solutions. He believes that America still has reason for hope, even in the midst of political division and social chaos.


“As a military chaplain at Ground Zero, Jenkins writes with keen insight, sharing personal stories and a  spiritual perspective that invites us to see the tragedy in the context of history, our nation, and God’s plan for the world. Each chapter is fascinating as we come face to face with many of the first responders, shovel operators, Red Cross workers, rescue dogs, and even the Mayor of New York at the time, Rudy Giuliani. You’ll become immediately engrossed with the human stories but even more, you’ll feel the hope of God as Jenkins allows Him to lead us through this dark tunnel of history into the light of His glory.”Sandy Silverthorne, Pastor and Award-Winning Author

“Dr. Jenkins clearly describes what a person goes through when they suffer a traumatic event, and how important it is to recognize the struggle and seek help. This book will take you through nearly every emotion. It will make you smile. It will make you weep. And you will feel the anguish as if you were there at Ground Zero witnessing these events for yourself. Most importantly . . . this book will bring you great joy and hope in the end.” — Steven C. Timm, United States Air Force Veteran, Law Enforcement Officer, and Two-Time Medal of Valor Recipient

“For those who responded to Ground Zero, Jim Jenkins’ words do a very delicate job of bringing back the sights, the sounds, the smells—and yes, the darkness—of the experience. This book gives the reader an inside view into the experience of serving at the hallowed ground of 9/11. Jim does this while weaving in the reassurance that none of us were alone. God, the Holy Spirit, was and always is with us.” — Anne Humphreys Bybee Williams, Ground Zero Logistics Expert, NDMS Support Team, and Photographer of “The Cross at Ground Zero”

“Dr. Jim Jenkins has given us an in-depth, up-close-and-personal account of the 9/11 recovery effort at Ground Zero. From Rubble to Redemption is very informative and thought-provoking, shocking us with tragic incidents of grief, yet healing us with hope-giving biblical perspectives. This reminder of America’s worst national tragedy to date is a healthy tonic. And it’s very timely: If Americans—especially Christians—do not awaken to righteousness, another wake-up call, far worse, is coming.” — Greg Hinnant, Professor, Christian Life School of Theology Global


Jim Jenkins was a Navy Reserve Chaplain for 21 years, and a pastor for 40 years. He holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and taught Bible College and Seminary courses at The King’s Seminary for more than 10 years. As part of the Chaplain’s Emergency Response Team, Jim and the other team members received the Distinguished Service Award for their service at Ground Zero. Jim lives in Monmouth, Oregon, but often travels the country to encourage pastors and congregations.

From Rubble to Redemption: A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers

Publisher:  Called Writers Christian Publishing

Release Date:  August 4th, 2021

Binding:  Soft Cover; eBook

Pages:  210

ISBN-10: ‎ 1735476048

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1735476049

Retail:  $14.95 (Softcover); $9.99 (eBook) 

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